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Huawei’s Data Centre Evolution for 5G

With Huawei leading 5G innovation in this part of the world, it’s no surprise they’re also accelerating the evolution of data centres to become 5G ready. During the recent Huawei IT Tech Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Jerry Wang, CTO of Huawei Malaysia, said 5G would create greater business opportunities, offering more potential for both consumers and businesses. He added that now is a critical time for the telco industry as they embark into the new era of 5G.

According to Jerry, the monetisation technologies via digitalisation for 5G will see a combination of AI, big data and cloud, or as Huawei puts it, 5G ABC. And this tech can only be fundamentally enabled through data centres. He added cloud, and AI is Huawei’s critical strategy with end to end cloud data solution which can be seen in several successful use cases around the world. Huawei is also leading the conventional storage industry in SSD. Huawei is now the only vendor to provide in-house development capability in SSD systems for customers.

Looking at 5G, Andy Wang, Vice President of Huawei Cloud and AI Marketing, said Huawei had two waves for 5G services. The first wave focused more on the consumer, which is for use cases such as video downloads and such between 2019 and 2021. The second wave is focused on driving the digitalisation of vertical industries. This includes autonomous vehicles, more use of AI in healthcare and such, currently being explored with the aim to start the vertical service scale 2022 onwards.

“For businesses, the core value of 5G will be AI and Edge. Fast convergence of reverse data and overlay of AI is needed to realise business monetisation. AI speculations will recede while industry applications will thrive.”
In the data centre, there are six key components to which Huawei feel is prerogative to accelerate the evolution of the data centre for 5G. The components are:

  • AI – full scenario, one-stop deployment

  • Bigdata – PB level EDW

  • Computing – Diversified Computing Architecture

  • Data – All-flash and distribute architecture

  • Edge – Intelligent, real-time

  • Fullstack – Full stack cloud services

Going in more detailed, for AI, Andy said Huawei’s approach towards AI is a full stack for all scenarios be it on the Huawei Cloud, Private Cloud, Edge Computing, IoT Consumer Terminals and Consumer devices through a Compute Architecture for Neural Networks.  This includes the Atlas Hardware platform for AI appliances, AI Edge Stations and Mobile Data Centres that can be used for autonomous vehicles as they need computing capability.

For big data, the GaussDB A, a PB-level enterprise data warehouse promises high performance with key analytical service performance improving by 30% using an open architecture. It also provides high scalability with on-demand horizontal scaling and easier management with tools easier to develop and managed.

Huawei wants to redefine computing from single to diversified with TaiShan server. The TaiShan server is the industry’s highest performance ARM server with 20% lower power consumption than equivalent performance x86 servers. It can be used for diversified workloads or as a storage server or even as a high-density server.  

Looking at storage, Huawei believes all-flash data storage is the future for storage especially with data on demand. Huawei’s Dorado 18000 V6 redefines high-end all-flash with zero business interruption and best performance with built-in intelligent chips.

Moving on the Edge, the innovations of the cloud combined with Edge collaboration will lead to the most powerful Edge innovations in the 5G era. The Edge cloud will see a 40% increase in performance and using 30% lower bandwidth.

Lastly, for full-stack, Huawei wants to build end to end full stack chipsets to business scenarios. The Huawei Cloud Stack provides frictionless edge station innovations for B2B in grid inspection, traffic control and vehicle recognition.

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