[Shanghai, China, June 29, 2023] Huawei announced a series of new products and solutions, such as container storage, AI storage, and OceanDisk Smart Disk Enclosure at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2023. At the event, Huawei also extensively shared how their products and solutions can be used to build trustworthy data infrastructure that will help carriers better grow and cope with changing industry trends.
Dr. Peter Zhou, President of Huawei IT Product Line delivering a speech
Huawei’s IT Product Line President Peter Zhou noted that many technical challenges face carriers currently, including a lack of strong multi-cloud ecosystems, the recent explosion of generative AI apps, and the weak resilience of data. The products and solutions Huawei announced today represent an expansion of their existing offerings that help carriers handle these problems.
In his speech at the event, Zhou explained the company’s approach to this launch focused on three areas: new apps, new data, and new resilience.
New Apps: Accelerating Valuable Data Acquisition Through Data Paradigms
Carrier-built data centers are currently turning to multi-cloud deployment models. Similarly, enterprises are operating an increasing number of cloud-native apps in their data centers. These changes are increasing the performance and reliability requirements set for industrial container storage. Zhou explained that Huawei’s solutions are well positioned to help carriers adapt to these changes. For example, more than 40 carriers have chosen Huawei’s container storage solution.
Generative AI is also being introduced to many parts of carriers’ businesses, including network operations, customer service, and B2B large language model (LLM) training. This is changing the data paradigm and storage architecture. Faced with exponential increase of LLM parameters and data, time-consuming data preprocessing, and unstable training process, the Huawei AI storage solution uses cutting-edge technologies like efficient backup and recovery of checkpoints, channel-associated data processing, and vectorized indexing to accelerate data preprocessing, powering the LLM training that houses trillions of parameters.
New Data: Resolving Problems from Data Gravity with Intelligent Data Fabric
In addition to having to handle new types of apps, data centers are also facing new challenges thanks to surges in data volume. In the past, cloud data centers mainly used an integrated server architecture that couples apps with local disks. Now, this method is resulting in wasted resources, poor performance, and low reliability. It also limits carriers’ ability to expand flexibly. In a recent project with China Telecom Cloud, Huawei sought to address these issues using the OceanDisk Smart Disk Enclosure to run the carrier’s video, development and testing, and AI-based computing services. The solution managed to reduce the data center’s required cabinet space and power consumption by 40%.
The explosive increase in data is also resulted in severe increases in data gravity, which makes data more difficult to access or move from distant systems or locations. Zhou explained that Huawei is tackling this issue by using an intelligent data fabric that provides unified global data views and scheduling functions across multiple systems, regions, and clouds. Huawei has even helped its customer China Mobile improve data scheduling efficiency by threefold and better support data value mining of upper-layer apps by leveraging a Global File System (GFS).
New Resilience: Building Intrinsic Storage Resilience Capabilities
The final area Zhou said Huawei was trying to tackle with was storage resilience. While traditional data security systems focused on preventing disruption from physical threats, like natural disasters, they are struggling to deal with the increase in human threats that are plaguing the digital world, like ransomware and malicious attacks. To tackle this issue, Huawei created the ransomware protection storage solution which ensures multi-layer protection and intrinsic storage resilience, building the last line of defense for data security. Up to now, more than 50 strategic customers have chosen the solution of Huawei.
Zhou said that Huawei Data Storage will continue to work with carriers to explore IT infrastructure and release innovative products and solutions that meet the demands for new apps, new data, and new resilience, to help carriers facilitate digital transformation.
MWC Shanghai 2023 runs from June 28 to June 30 in Shanghai, China. Huawei showcases its products and solutions at stands E10 and E50 in Hall N1 of Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). Together with global operators, industry professionals, and opinion leaders, we dive into topics such as speeding up 5G prosperity, striding towards the 5.5G era, and intelligent digital transformation. 5.5G creates new business value in areas like the Internet of People (IoP), Internet of Things (IoT), and Internet of Vehicles (IoV), supporting countless industries as they move towards an intelligent world. For more information, please visit: https://carrier.huawei.com/en/events/mwcs2023.