Tech company, Huawei, has announced the release of a new strategy aimed at reducing energy consumption per TB of data through high-density designs, system convergence, data reduction, and full-lifecycle carbon footprint management.
The company announced this during the Huawei Innovative Data Infrastructure Forum 2022, Huawei releases new “3+1” green strategy for data storage.
This has become important because a global consensus on green development has begun to take shape over the last few 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 over 2020. Storing mass data consumes enormous amounts of energy, making green and sustainable development ever more 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 strategy combines high-density designs, system convergence and data reduction.
Huawei uses high-density components and systems to increase hardware density and heat dissipation efficiency. It uses Solid-state drives (SSDs), the more energy-efficient alternative to hard disk drives, to reduce power consumption by 70% and space utilization 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 2 U disk enclosure, delivering much higher hardware density than similar products and 25% higher heat dissipation efficiency than a traditional disk enclosure.
The company will also ensure higher resource utilisation by supporting multiple protocols and eliminating storage silos. This allows a single storage system to support block, file, object, and Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) protocols for diversified requirements to consolidate multiple kinds of storage. In addition, these converged resource pools can consolidate multiple storage systems in data centers, improving resource utilisation.
Finally, Huawei data storage will be aligned to using deduplication and compression algorithms as well as a high-ratio elastic erasure coding (EC) 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 – 20% higher than the industry benchmark. In addition, Huawei’s proprietary 22+2 elastic EC algorithm achieves a maximum resource utilization rate of 91%, which is 1.75 times higher than the traditional 3-copies mechanism.
At the same time, Huawei is committed to exploring and promoting circular economy models and reducing the carbon footprint of the entire lifecycle of a product. During product development, Huawei uses renewable materials and reduces package weight by using greener packaging materials. In terms of product usage, Huawei’s Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations (AIOps) enables on-demand storage resource allocation and use. Huawei also mitigates the environmental impact of its products by maximising product recycling through a continuously improved global recycling system.