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Huawei reveals next-generation data centre facility


Huawei has revealed the definition of the Next-Generation Data Centre Facility, and unveiled PowerPOD 3.0, a brand-new power supply system in Dongguan, China.

The new rollouts, based on the collective wisdom and joint efforts between Huawei Data Centre Facility Team and industry experts, reaffirm Huawei’s commitment to building low-carbon, smart data centres.

Charles Yang, Senior Vice President of Huawei and CEO of Huawei Data Centre Facility Team, introduced the groundbreaking definition of the Next-Generation Data Centre Facility at the launch event. He said that technical experts and industry authorities have reached a consensus on the four characteristics of next-generation data centre facilities after extensive and in-depth discussions, that is, Sustainable, Simplified, Autonomous Driving, and Reliable.

Sustainable

Next-generation data centre facilities will be fully green and energy-efficient while maximising the recycling of all data centre materials. In this way, the overall data centre ecosystem will be eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable.

Sustainable data centres can be achieved by utilising green resources - electricity, land, and water - and maximising the recycling of used materials throughout the life cycle. In addition to the extensively-used Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), other indicators, including Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE), Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE), and Grid Usage Effectiveness (GUE), will also be used to measure data centre sustainability.

Simplified

Simplified architecture, power supply, and cooling embody the evolution of the data centre facility.

Simplified architecture brings innovative forms of buildings and equipment rooms. If the prefabricated modular construction mode is used to construct a 1000-rack data centre, the construction period can be reduced from more than 18 months to 6–9 months.

Simplified power supply reshapes components and links. It shortens the delivery period from two months to two weeks. Simplified cooling maximises heat exchange efficiency by changing multiple heat exchanges to one heat exchange, and shortening the cooling link.

Autonomous Driving

O&M automation, energy efficiency optimisation, and operation autonomy reshape the management of data centres’ operation and maintenance. O&M automation enables engineers to complete the inspection of 2,000 racks in five minutes remotely.

The energy efficiency optimisation means an optimal cooling strategy can be delivered via 1.4 million original combinations within one minute, achieving smart cooling. Operation autonomy maximises the value of resources.

Reliable

Proactive security and secure architecture ensure high quality and sustainable development of data centres.

Proactive security means using big data and AI technologies to implement predictive maintenance from components to data centres, based on the visibility and perception of all domains in the data centres.

Automatic fault response means it will take only one minute to spot a fault, three minutes to analyse and five minutes to recover. Secure architecture means security will be ensured at various levels, such as components, devices, and systems. At the system level, the E2E visualisable, manageable, and controllable platform enables the system availability to reach 99.999%.

PowerPOD 3.0

At the event, Fei Zhenfu, CTO of Huawei Data Centre Facility Team, released a new generation of the power supply system, known as PowerPOD 3.0. The system reduces the footprint by 40%, cuts the energy consumption by 70%, shortens the delivery period from two months to two weeks, and lowers the SLA fault rate by 38%.

In the pursuit of the next-generation data centres, technological innovation will be a key force in ensuring sustainable development. Looking towards the future, Huawei will keep making breakthroughs in products and technologies through continuous investment in R&D and with extensive cooperation with customers, ecosystem partners and industry organisations.

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