Huawei Launches Green, Low-Carbon Strategy for Data Storage


[Munich, Germany, May 12, 2022] At the Huawei Innovative Data Infrastructure Forum 2022, Huawei releases a new “3+1” green strategy for data storage. As part of this strategy, the company aims to reduce energy consumption per TB of data through high-density designs, system convergence, data reduction and carbon footprint management. throughout the life cycle.

Green and low-carbon strategy for data storage

A global consensus on green development has begun to emerge in recent years as the effects of climate change have become increasingly apparent. According to Huawei’s Global Industry Vision (GIV) report, by 2030, 1 YB of data will be generated globally every year, representing a 23-fold increase from 2020. Mass data storage consumes huge amounts of energy, making green and sustainable development increasingly important.

Huawei plans to continue creating innovative data storage solutions to help data centers go green with this new “3+1” green strategy. The “3” in this policy name refers to:

  • High density designs: Huawei uses high-density components and systems to increase hardware density and heat dissipation efficiency. It uses solid-state drives, the most energy-efficient alternative to hard drives, to reduce power consumption by 70% and space usage by 50% for the same capacity. Huawei’s use of half-palm NVMe SSDs also enables its storage systems to support 36 SSDs in a 2U drive enclosure, providing much higher material density than similar products and dissipation efficiency. 25% more thermal than a traditional drive enclosure.
  • System convergence: Huawei ensures better resource utilization by supporting multiple protocols and eliminating storage silos. This enables a single storage system to support block, file, object, and Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) protocols for diverse requirements to consolidate multiple types of storage. Additionally, these converged resource pools can consolidate multiple storage systems across data centers, improving resource utilization.
  • Data reduction: Huawei data storage also uses deduplication and compression algorithms as well as a high-ratio elastic erase (EC) coding algorithm to improve space utilization and reduce data duplication. Currently, these deduplication and compression algorithms help Huawei storage systems deliver a data reduction ratio of up to 72:1, which is 20% better than the industry benchmark. In addition, Huawei’s proprietary elastic 22+2 EC algorithm achieves a maximum resource utilization rate of 91%, which is 1.75 times higher than the traditional 3-copy mechanism.

At the same time, Huawei is committed to exploring and promoting circular economy models and reducing the carbon footprint of a product’s entire life cycle. During product development, Huawei uses renewable materials and reduces packaging weight by using more environmentally friendly packaging materials. In terms of product usage, Huawei’s Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations (AIOps) enables on-demand storage resource allocation and utilization. Huawei also mitigates the environmental impact of its products by maximizing product recycling through a continuously improved global recycling system.

Going forward, green development will continue to be a long-term goal for Huawei. It plans to continue helping data centers go green by enabling industrial digital transformation through its innovative technologies.


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