Discovering the Intelligent Data Centre

The data centre is the heart for organisations in the data-driven era. However, legacy data centres that rely heavily on lots of hardware as well as manual intensive, siloed systems are still prevalent for many companies that have been around for a long time. With increasingly rapid data growth over the last few years, traditional data centres are finding it harder to deal with the demands on business.

Companies need more data to be processed faster, and the underlying technology that supports mission-critical systems to become more reliable and operate much more efficiently. There is a growing need for data centres to become smarter.

A recent example of this scenario would be the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, which offers medical care services to UK citizens. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Britain, the NHS needed a more reliable system to meet the increasing number of cases. Its IT systems were not able to meet escalating demands, especially when it came to Electronic Patient Record (EPR) services. It also struggled with the O&M and management of incompatible devices from multiple vendors within its data centre.

The NHS needed a solution and transforming its data centre to become more intelligent changed this. With assistance from Huawei, it was able to create an end-to-end private cloud data centre and have a fully virtualised cloud data centre network which was SDN ready. This all enabled more rapid provisioning and deployment of various service applications, including the EPR. As the intelligent data centre also allowed for better elasticity and capabilities for scaling out, the NHS was able to manage existing patient records and even handle the large influx of new patients without much issue.

Another interesting example would be Ikoula. The French cloud hosting company had to meet increasingly demanding cloud service requirements. First of all, it found that traditional data centre approaches were holding it back from providing the level of services that customers required. In order to provide a 99.999% Service Level Agreement (SLA) to customers, its data centre must be able to accommodate high performance, high reliability, elastic scaling, as well as simpler O&M.

For Ikoula, the key to achieving all this was to upgrade the underlying data centre network so that it became more intelligent. By migrating to Huawei’s Data Centre Network Solution, it was able to reduce the complexity of service deployment and improve system reliability while enabling Ikoula to monitor and manage its resources better. With the upgrade, Ikoula was able to have a scalable, software-defined-ready network architecture which can easily handle rapid customer and service growth, and make full use of its network resources.

Last but not least, we take a look at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics. This institute carries out researches on the fundamental laws of gravitation. For scientists and members of staff, the budget was an issue. Still, they relied heavily on highly complex data analysis and required more instruments as well as more powerful computing resources. They opted for Huawei’s general-purpose rack server that is designed for data-intensive applications and comes equipped with intelligent management and acceleration engines.

As a result, they were able to leverage the power of High-Performance Computing (HPC), large storage capacity, and low power consumption to meet their research needs without breaking the bank. As Huawei’s server was equipped with intelligent acceleration and management to improve its system-level performance, the institute managed to double the overall computing power of Atlas, its highly resource-intensive computing cluster.

With businesses and organisations like the NHS, Ikoula and even research institutes hoping to achieve greater overall data centre efficiency, instilling intelligence is the way of the future. Having established a comprehensive global service assurance system and experience in data centre construction, Huawei has helped global enterprises build over 1000 “smart” data centres.  

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