Huawei has unveiled its Boundless Computing server strategy and series solutions to drive digital transformation for the Middle East’s businesses at GITEX 2017. The strategy comes as the result of Huawei’s commitment to creating greater, more tangible value for its customers pioneering the digital transformation. As part of the announcement, Huawei demonstrated two inclusive technologies: FusionServer V5, and the Atlas intelligent cloud hardware platform. The former, powered by Intel Skylake processors is debuting in the region.
Boundless Computing is Huawei’s answer to ensuring new smarter and more connected next-gen technologies are given the infrastructure and high-power support they need to be always-on, always-secure. This type of computing aims to bring hardware closer to data sources and reduce the need for additional layers of overlying software. It also includes pushing beyond the boundary of servers, and enabling DC-level resource pooling and on-demand provisioning. Moreover, it requires going beyond the boundary of data centers, enabling smart access, and taking computing even into the data sources, in this way, to smarten up data at the remote end.
Atlas was introduced as a way of utilizing Artificial Intelligence to power this HPC (High Power Computing). The technology rides on the advantages of key technologies to deliver new levels of hardware resource utilization and adapt more flexibly to service demands. As the result of Huawei’s Boundless Computing strategy, the Atlas platform positions Huawei to prepare the infrastructure resource pool for the digital revolution.
The second accompanying announcement, Huawei’s FusionServer V5, is an integral part of the new strategy, as it delivers smart features such as: big data application acceleration solution, all-flash SAP HANA appliance solution, G series heterogeneous computing platforms, and edge computing for smart video analytics solution. These integrated solutions will help businesses in the region boost the overall computing efficiency of their data centers.
“In this region, the businesses that succeed with digital transformation are the ones that invent better ways of serving their customers, which today is being driven by Artificial Intelligence and heterogeneous computing,” commented Alaa ElShimy, Vice President and Managing Director, Huawei Enterprise, Middle East. “The release of our ‘boundless computing’ server strategy and series solutions empowers our clients to be a creative force in their industry, bringing new value through efficient, smarter computing” he added.
With the rise of AI, cloud computing technologies will be integral to people’s daily lives. From applications such as safe city and smart manufacturing to autonomous driving, AI and cloud technologies are spreading. Meanwhile, pivotal to intelligence is having capabilities that allow numerous systems to process in real time the massive volumes of data generated from a world of full connectivity. For example, a city with 100,000 cameras installed can produce 100 billion car plate records and 1 trillion facial recognition records a year. It has become a tremendous challenge for traditional computing systems to deliver the required capabilities in order to process, query, and analyze data of such magnitude.
The Atlas platform released by Huawei addresses the data processing challenges in the AI era. The Atlas platform is based on Huawei’s FusionServer G series heterogeneous servers. The FusionServer G series leverages technologies such as heterogeneous resource pooling and intelligent orchestration to pool resources, and provisions hardware resources on demand to suit the needs of specific service models.
“The AI era brings with it huge demands on existing infrastructure that cannot be met by traditional hardware. Atlas is a new-generation intelligent cloud hardware platform that takes resource utilization and performance to new levels using pioneering technologies. Huawei has been inspired by the idea of making computing simple through continuous innovation, and keeps customers’ requirements in mind to build servers that are stable, reliable, and high-performing, to help customers better cope with the challenges for successful transformation in the AI and cloud era,” said Li Huan, Vice President of Strategy Marketing, Huawei Middle East.
Huawei’s Boundless Computing strategy advocates innovations around computing and leverages innovative chips, heterogeneous computing, and edge computing in order to push the traditional computing boundaries that used to be confined to CPUs, servers, and data centers.