Improving Economic Benefits of ICT to Support Business Digitalization

2016/04/19 • Data Center, Feature, New ICT • Views: 1757

In the information age, the ICT infrastructure needs to enable real-time data processing and analysis to realize in-depth customer insights, precise product R&D and marketing, efficient corporate management, scientific decision making, environmental protection and energy saving, as well as continuous business growth.

To help enterprises achieve this, the enterprise data center must adopt leading new ICT to deliver high performance, high reliability, and economic benefits:

High performance: accelerates innovations of data processing and offers real-time Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) capabilities to enable high-concurrency and low-latency needs of Online Transaction Processing (OLTP).

High reliability: ensures High Availability (HA), Disaster Recovery (DR), and security, etc.

Economic benefits: adopts open standards, enables data center integration and cloud migration.

According to IDC, the operating expenditure (OPEX) of the enterprise data center has increased at a higher rate than the capital expenditure (CAPEX) over the past few years. The primary cause of this is the ever-increasing cost of operating and maintaining servers, including mission-critical UNIX servers and x86 servers.

The operations and maintenance (O&M) cost of servers took up more than 60 percent of ICT infrastructure budgets, making it imperative for enterprises to improve the economic benefits of their ICT.

Open Transformation of the Enterprise Mission-Critical Service Environment

According to Gartner, shipments of UNIX-based servers have declined, while that of 8P x86 servers has increased by 50 percent. For mission-critical services, users need an x86-based computing platform featuring high reliability, high performance, and an open ecosystem. High-end and fault-tolerance platforms that adopt Xeon E7 processors are an ideal choice. The x86 computing platform adopts open standards to reduce OPEX while increasing economic benefits.

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High reliability : According Information and Technology Intelligence Consulting (ITIC), the hardware platform of Linux + Xeon E7 processor is as reliable as the AIX + Power platform, the benchmark system of UNIX. With the support of a high reliability application-layer solution, it is able to ensure business continuity for mission-critical services. More importantly, Huawei takes end-to-end measures from chipset to firmware, operating systems, and applications to enhance the Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS) features of Linux + x86 servers.

High performance : A normal x86 server only supports a maximum of 8P computing resources for a single system. In the past, only UNIX servers with high-end Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) architecture can support computing requirements over 8P. Today, x86 servers that adopt proprietary technologies of companies, such as Huawei and HP, are capable of enabling vertical scaling over 8P to support the computing resource requirements of mission-critical services.

You need a Mission Server

Huawei KunLun Mission-Critical Server leverages the company’s innovative Node Controller CPUs and RAS 2.0 technology to achieve high reliability, high performance, and compatibility required by mission-critical services while establishing an standard x86 ecosystem. It delivers the following enterprise benefits:

Unleashes business growth potential by providing superior performance: KunLun 9032 is the world’s first x86 mission-critical server with 32 interconnected CPUs. It provides Industry-leading RAS features with a maximum of 1,152 threads, 768 DDR4 DIMM slots of computing resources in one system with over 18M TPMC Benchmarks.

• Ensures service continuity by leveraging RAS 2.0 technology: With firmware, operating system, and application hardening, RAS 2.0 technology supports hot-swapping of CPUs and memory modules, implementing server maintenance without system shutdown.

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Increases economic benefits by building an open ecosystem : KunLun server reduces Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by 30 percent compared with UNIX servers. It is also compatible with mainstream operating systems, databases, and in-memory computing applications.

Huawei’s KunLun Mission-Critical Servers help enterprises achieve platform transformation by enabling enterprises to move their mission-critical services from expensive and closed UNIX environments to an open x86 ecosystem. It also enables them to deploy industry-leading inmemory computing technologies to realize realtime data analysis. By unlocking the power of data through leading new ICT, enterprises can optimize their operations and drive the next wave of business innovation.

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