Huawei revealed the definition of the Next-Generation Data Center Facility, and unveiled PowerPOD 3.0, a brand-new power supply system. Based on the collective wisdom and joint efforts between Huawei Data Center Facility Team and industry experts, the new rollouts reaffirm Huawei’s commitment to building low-carbon, smart data centres.
Defining the Next-Generation Data Center Facility
Charles Yang, Senior Vice President of Huawei and CEO of Huawei Data Center Facility Team, introduced the groundbreaking definition of the Next-Generation Data Center 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: Sustainable, Simplified, Autonomous Driving, and Reliable.
Sustainable: Next-generation data centre facilities will be completely green and energy-efficient, with all data centre materials recycled to the maximum extent possible. As a result, the total data centre ecosystem will be ecologically benign and sustainable. Sustainable data centres can be built by maximising the recycling of used materials throughout the life cycle and utilising green resources such as power, land, and water. Other metrics, such as Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE), Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE), and Grid Usage Effectiveness (GUE), will be used to quantify data centre sustainability in addition to the widely used Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).
Simplified: Simplified architecture, power supply, and cooling embody the evolution of the data centre facility.
Simplified architecture allows for new building and equipment room designs. The building time for a 1000-rack data centre can be lowered from more than 18 months to 6–9 months if prefabricated modular construction is used.
Components and linkages are reshaped by a simplified power supply. It cuts the delivery time in half, from two months to two weeks. By combining several heat exchanges into a single heat exchange and shortening the cooling link, simplified cooling improves heat exchange efficiency.
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 2000 racks in 5 minutes remotely. The energy efficiency optimisation means an optimal cooling strategy can be delivered via 1.4 million original combinations within 1 minute, achieving smart cooling. Operation autonomy maximises the value of resources.
Reliable: Data centres benefit from proactive protection and safe architecture, which ensures high quality and long-term development. 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, is what proactive security is all about. It will take only 1 minute to detect a fault, 3 minutes to analyse it, and 5 minutes to recover using automatic fault response. Secure architecture refers to the security of components, devices, and systems at various levels. The E2E visualisable, manageable, and controllable platform enables system availability to achieve 99.999% at the system level.
PowerPOD 3.0: A footprint-saving, time-saving, and energy-saving power supply system
At the event, Fei Zhenfu, CTO of Huawei Data Center 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 2 months to 2 weeks, and lowers the SLA fault rate by 38%.
Technological innovation will be a driving force in the creation of next-generation data centres, assuring long-term viability. Looking ahead, Huawei will continue to make breakthroughs in products and technologies by investing in R&D and collaborating extensively with customers, ecosystem partners, and industry organisations. We can usher in a new age of data centre growth together.