Sunday, 17th November 2019
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Huawei showcases servers

At the Mobile World Congress (MWC), Huawei showcased a series of solutions powered by Huawei servers.

The solutions include hyper-converged infrastructures for databases, mission critical servers, and accelerators for mission-critical services. At the congress, Huawei also unveiled the industry's first blade with built-in 100GE NFVI solution, another powerful piece to propel the transformation process of carriers.

The rise of new technologies such as cloud computing and Big Data has brought an unprecedented tide of transformation that makes carriers start to rethink and rebuild their IT infrastructures. The traditional, siloed scale-up architecture is now shifting to an all-cloud architecture, which will solve the longstanding issues with traditional telecom architectures, such as enclosed systems, difficult service expansion, and high maintenance costs. The all-cloud architecture will also meet the requirements of telecom services for high reliability and performance.

The server solution unveiled this time was located in the Open Cloud DC exhibition area of Huawei. As a core piece of the solution, the "mission-critical service accelerators", includes Huawei's FusionCube database hyper-converged infrastructure, E9000 100GE switch module, and NVMe SSD. Based on the accelerators, Huawei builds solutions that empower carriers' core systems with high bandwidth and superior performance, meeting carriers' demands for database acceleration, real-time processing, and NFVI.

The FusionCube database hyper-converged infrastructure integrates in-depth optimization for database applications. It synergizes software and hardware by leveraging technologies such as distributed storage, 100 Gbit/s InfiniBand network, and NVMe SSD to accelerate system performance and remove the system I/O bottlenecks. FusionCube is fully compatible with mainstream databases such as SAP HANA, Oracle, MySQL, and DB2, helping carriers boost the service performance of their existing or new databases by several times.

Huawei also provides the KunLun Mission Critical Server, which delivers up to 11x in-memory database performance for carriers and ideally suits the needs of scenarios such as core databases, SAP HANA®, and UNIX-to-x86 migration. KunLun supports up to 32 Intel® Xeon® E7 processors and is the industry's largest-capacity x86-based mission critical server.

KunLun leverages Huawei's pioneering reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS 2.0) technologies, including core component hot swap, fault prediction, and partitioning. These advantages make KunLun the server of choice for building open, mission-critical platforms. Huawei has established an open platform alliance with mainstream operating system and database vendors, among them Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Red Hat, and SUSE.

Another product presented at the release was Huawei's blade with 100GE NFVI solution, which is the first of its kind in the industry. The Huawei 100GE NFVI solution leverages the power of FusionServer E9000 which supports 100 Gbit/s per port, delivering an external bandwidth of up to 4 Tbit/s and port forwarding latency less than 600 ns for the entire chassis. FusionServer E9000 meets the unique workload requirements of carrier data centers, enabling NFV services with qualities including high reliability, network bandwidth and low latency. Additionally, the 100GE network can be seamlessly managed by the SDN controller. For specific scenarios such as network protocol offloading and encryption/decryption, the NFVI solution includes FPGA acceleration cards and NVMe SSDs to dramatically relieve the CPU burden and boost hardware efficiency. By incorporating Huawei's FusionSphere virtualization platform, the NFVI solution addresses the performance requirements of carrier-class mission critical applications.

In line with Huawei's philosophy of "continuous innovation makes computing simple", the FusionServer series are built with customers' service needs in mind. Huawei strives to provide server products and application acceleration solutions that unlock rock-solid stability and excellent performance for customers, helping the customers build simplified, efficient, dependable IT infrastructures.

Since its debut in the carrier industry in 2002, Huawei servers have been following a continuous line of innovation and have now been enriched into a wide portfolio that encompasses mission critical servers, hyper-converged infrastructures, rack servers, high-density servers, blade servers, and NVMe SSDs. Huawei server products and solutions are in use by carriers over the globe.

Huawei was also promoted to the Challengers quadrant by Gartner in the Magic Quadrants for Modular Servers 2016. As of Q3 2016, Huawei servers have ranked in the global top 3 by non-tower server shipment and global top 1 by 4-socket server shipments, signifying Huawei as the best partner for carriers to accelerate their move to the cloud.
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