On May 26, Huawei unveiled PowerPOD 3.0, a brand-new power supply system, as well as the definition of the Next-Generation Data Center Facility. Huawei's commitment to building low-carbon, smart data centers is reaffirmed with these new rollouts, which are based on the collective wisdom and joint efforts of Huawei Data Center Facility Team and industry experts.
Defining Next-Generation Data Center Infrastructure
At the launch event, Charles Yang, Huawei's Senior Vice President and CEO of Huawei Data Center Facility Team, presented the Huawei definition of the Next-Generation Data Center Facility. After extensive and in-depth discussions, he said, technical experts and industry authorities agreed on the four characteristics of next-generation data center facilities: Sustainable, Simplified, Autonomous Driving, and Reliable.
Next-generation data center facilities will be completely green and energy-efficient, with all data center materials recycled to the maximum extent possible. As a result, the overall data center ecosystem will be environmentally friendly and sustainable. Sustainable data centers can be built by maximizing the recycling of used materials throughout the life cycle and utilizing green resources such as electricity, land, and water. Other metrics, such as Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE), Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE), and Grid Usage Effectiveness (GUE), will be used to measure data center sustainability in addition to the widely used Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).
'Data center construction-time halved'
Simplified architecture brings innovative forms of buildings and equipment rooms. 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.
Simplified power supply reshapes components and links. It shortens the delivery period from 2 months to 2 weeks. Simplified cooling maximizes heat exchange efficiency by changing multiple heat exchanges to one heat exchange, and shortening the cooling link.
'Remote inspection of 2.000 racks in 5 minutes'
O&M automation, energy efficiency optimization, and operation autonomy reshape the management of data centers' operation and maintenance. 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. Operation autonomy maximizes the value of resources.
'Automatic fault recovery in 5 minutes'
Proactive security and secure architecture ensure high quality and sustainable development of data centers. 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.
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 security will be ensured 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%.
PowerPOD 3.0: '70% energy reduction'
At the event, Fei Zhenfu, CTO of Huawei Data Center Facility team, launched the new generation of power system, called PowerPOD 3.0. This system reduces energy consumption by 70%, shortens delivery time from 2 months to 2 weeks and reduces SLA error rate by 38%.