When planning to design a data centre, several things within the space as well as expenses need to be considered. Furthermore, the planning process also needs to be highly specific for everything to run smoothly — regardless of the centre’s size.

However, many times it is difficult to factor in future considerations. Now, thanks to Huawei’s latest smart and green modular data centre solution for small and edge computing scenarios — which includes three products designed for different industrial needs — any room can be easily made into a data centre, giving users the flexibility and the convenience to support their business needs.

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Brandon Wu, Huawei’s Asia Pacific Enterprise Business Unit CTO , says now is the time when enterprises need to ensure enhanced resiliency across all industries, especially given the impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Technology research and advisory firm Gartner reports that within four years, 75% of data generated by enterprises will be processed at the edge. Demand for real-time interaction is driving businesses to bring computing power closer to end-users.


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The three Smart Modular Data Centre products introduced by Huawei are FusionModule2000, which supports a single row design, with the flexible configuration of cold and hot aisle containment and simplified architecture reducing delivery time by 50% compared to traditional alternatives; and FusionModule800, which supports pre-integrated rack-mounted cooling and an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system, offering on-site installation in just four hours and service rollout in a mere two days.

Finally, FusionModule500 offers a highly integrated, one cabinet-one data centre design, requiring only a two hour installation time, with business effectively brought online in just four hours.

Previously, only big companies and industries could afford the budget and space for their own data centres. However, those days have changed as enterprises push towards digitalistion, especially amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Huawei Smart Modular Data Centre can easily be used by any enterprise of any size. Small and edge data centres can exist within almost any space, such as retail outlets, for example, thereby allowing retailers to easily close the gap between online and offline sales.

This product can also easily benefit users in the manufacturing sector. Edge data centres can be deployed in distribution warehouses to facilitate the process of managing growing volumes of inventory and shipping data.

This modular data centre can also be set up in factories to manage data generated by sensors, as well as to facilitate the communication between equipment. This essentially gives the factory the opportunity to invest more in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as the products can be easily connected.

Furthermore, telecommunication companies can get a boost with an in-house data centre. With new advancements in the telecommunication space, Huawei’s modular data centres allow central offices of these companies to be easily converted into computing rooms and to be used as edge data centres to make networks more dynamic.

Powered by Huawei’s very own smart and green lithium battery UPS SmartLi, the Huawei Modular Data Centre Solution is not only compact and space-saving, but is also running on a safe and reliable power supply that is easy to maintain yet sustainable.

With these latest products from Huawei, gone were the days of strict space requirements for data centres. The modular data centre has far lower requirements placed on ceiling height and has no need for a traditional raised floor design.

Instead, air conditioner pipes and strong- and weak-current cables are routed from topdown, meaning that equipment can be accommodated in ceiling heights as low as 2.6m, far below the 3m minimum height required for a traditional data centre.

The advantages from Huawei’s new offerings are well recognised by the wider ecosystem, such as Netcraft Information Technology (Macau), which is Huawei’s partner. “With the Huawei Modular Data Centre Solution, all required components are modular,” says Benjiman Wong, Netcraft’s sales director.

“An easy way for customers to understand this solution is to consider that each component is like a building block: You can build up your castle by adding different blocks together, so you can add more blocks in the future when needed,” he adds.