Deploying Integrated IT Architectures
By Fan Ping, Brand Manager, Huawei IT Product Line, Server Division
Huawei’s technical integration and innovative ideas are helping redesign IT architectures to not only create greater value for enterprises but also to improve the user experience.
In the early stages of IT development, enterprise users were concerned with system and subsystem performance, specifications, and features. Although traditional IT architectures still exist, they cannot meet today’s strict service requirements. Several reasons are that many legacy servers remain independent of storage and network devices, resulting in isolated resource silos; they do not support on-demand deployment; and they are too cumbersome to adapt to rapidly evolving service objectives. Current services must be flexible to meet sharp increases in demand spurred by spikes in industrial and consumer economies.
To meet these demands, virtualization and cloud computing, which enable hardware facilities such as servers, storage, and network devices, are replacing traditional IT infrastructures. Virtualization enables IT administrators to create resource pools for customization and easy deployment. However, virtualization and hardware resource pools alone cannot integrate infrastructure services.
The Value of Integration
Integrated architectures consolidate network, storage, and I/O acceleration components into a single computing platform, delivering advanced, user-oriented computing capabilities. The rise of virtualization and cloud computing has accelerated the development of new integrated architectures that prevent computational and storage limits and network boundaries. Unlike legacy architectures, current IT infrastructures are non-disruptive entities that can help enterprises gain a competitive edge.
Key requirements for IT transformations include:
•Development of distributed, multiple-node applications.
•Incorporation of scale-up, scale-out, and I/O acceleration components.
Over the last decade Huawei has pushed the envelope of server technology, and continues to work with its partners to develop “best-in-class” IT practices.
Initially, Huawei focused on scale-up capabilities because of carrier requirements to replace midrange computers, followed by scale-out capabilities that were being driven by the expansion of the Internet. The latest generation of server solutions is the clearest possible expression of Huawei’s success in delivering integrated products and solutions.
Key elements incorporated into Huawei’s technical road map include the use of scale-up/scale-out servers, and component integration for hardware and software functionality.
•Scale-up servers: Huawei provides reliable, high-performance servers for support of critical service applications and core systems. Servers such as the RH5885 V3 and RH8100 V3 feature Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS) with flexible, hot-swappable components. The RH-series will soon introduce 16-socket (and higher) chassis systems.
•Scale-out servers: Large data centers pose significant challenges for scale-out servers. Cloud data centers feature distributed architectures and large deployments that are built to deliver services quickly and be energy efficient. Huawei’s X6000 rack server and the X8000 cabinet server are modular, high-density, high-performance models with flexible node configurations for addressing on-site requirements.
The X6800 is a 4U high-density server that is flexible and easy to configure. Based on a comprehensive analysis of customer requirements, features include advanced service applications and a number of industry-leading energy consumption technologies, including storage and PCI Express (PCIe) expansion. The X6800 supports dynamic configuration of computing, storage, and I/O modules as service requirements dictate, even in high-temperature environments.
Additional products include the PCIe Systems Software Development (SSD) accelerator card and the RH2885 large-capacity rack server.
•Integrated architecture: The recent rollout of the E9000 blade server marks a milestone in continuing support of integrated enterprise computing. Compared with traditional blade servers, the E9000 is energy efficient, improves O&M efficiency, and features centralized management. It also supports one-stop delivery, large-scale deployment, and can flexibly adapt to different service scenarios.
With a broad portfolio of servers, Huawei is dedicated to building IT-infrastructure-based computing platforms that feature leading-edge technical innovations and agile services. Huawei server systems expect to play a continuing role in the improvement and support of integrated IT architectures.