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Huawei unveils next-generation sustainable data centers

By Jessie Chiang
Tue 31 May 2022

Huawei says its next-generation data centers will be powered by PowerPOD 3.0, a brand new power supply system that reduces the footprint by 40% and cuts the energy consumption by 70%.

The company says the new system also shortens the delivery period from 2 months to 2 weeks and lowers the SLA fault rate by 38%.

Huawei senior vice president Charles Yang says the new facilities have four distinct characteristics that set them apart. 

Sustainable

Huawei says the new centers will be fully green and energy-efficient while maximizing the recycling of all data center materials. It says data centers can be sustainable by using green resources - electricity, land, and water - and maximizing 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 center sustainability.

Simplified

Huawei says simplified architecture, power supply, and cooling embody are important features in the new centers. It says simplified architecture brings innovative forms of buildings and equipment rooms. The company says if the prefabricated modular construction mode is used to construct a 1000-rack data center, the construction period can be reduced from more than 18 months to 6–9 months.

The company says a simplified power supply reshapes components and links. It shortens the delivery period from 2 months to 2 weeks. It says simplified cooling maximizes heat exchange efficiency by changing multiple heat exchanges to one heat exchange and shortening the cooling link.

Autonomous Driving

Huawei says O&M automation, energy efficiency optimization, and operation autonomy change how the operation and maintenance of data centers are managed. For example, it says O&M automation enables engineers to complete the inspection of 2000 racks in 5 minutes remotely. 

The energy efficiency optimization means an optimal cooling strategy can be delivered via 1.4 million original combinations within 1 minute, achieving smart cooling. In addition, the company says operation autonomy maximizes the value of resources.

Reliable

Huawei says proactive security and secure architecture ensure the high quality and sustainable development of data centers. It says proactive security means using big data and AI technologies to implement predictive maintenance from components to data centers, based on the visibility and perception of all domains in the data centers.

The company says automatic fault response means it will take only 1 minute to spot a fault, 3 minutes to analyze, and 5 minutes to recover. Secure architecture means will ensure security at various levels, such as components, devices, and systems. At the system level, the E2E visualizable, manageable, and controllable platform enables the system availability to reach 99.999%.

Huawei says it will continue to look towards the future and make breakthroughs in products and technologies through continuous investment in R&D and with extensive cooperation with customers, ecosystem partners, and industry organizations.

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