How Huawei and Intel help enterprises handle workloads needed in the digital age



Huawei recently announced it has launched the next-generation FusionServer Pro intelligent servers, a cutting-edge technology running on the 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and Intel® Optane™ persistent memory (PMem). This new product series is designed to help enterprises handle the massive workloads needed in the digital age.

The evolution of processors follows Moore's Law, which states that chip performance doubles as the number of transistors on the chip doubles every 18 months. However, in recent years, memory technology has failed to keep pace with the processor iteration. This has become a pain point of the industry, and even the latest DDR4 memory is hindered by the slow capacity growth. As processors support more cores and provide higher processing capabilities, performance is held back due to the small memory capacity of a single system. As a result, processors remain expensive and other resources in the system are not fully utilized.

Memory is a critical component of a server because all programs of the system run in the memory. To ensure faster processing for ever-growing services, enterprises large and small must find a way to provide ultra-large memory at a lower cost. In response to these industry requirements, Intel releases the Optane™ persistent memory together with the 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

Intel® Optane™ persistent memory (PMem)

The latest version of PMem provides great benefits for the industry, including large capacity and multiple working modes at an inexpensive cost. It unleashes the computing power of a processor by running more service processes, and improves the scale-up capability of a single server. A single PMem outperforms common dynamic random access memory (DRAM) by providing larger capacity (up to 512 GB), making it an ideal option in memory-demanding scenarios such as in-memory databases, hybrid clouds, and virtualization. In addition, PMem supports non-volatile memory to spare the data and process loading time after the server is restarted. The memory capacity of a 4-socket server with PMem is up to 15 TB, and up to 30 TB for an8-socket server. With multiple workloads centralized on fewer nodes, processor capabilities are fully used.

The PMem is a cost-effective option for scenarios where the processor performance is excessive and the memory capacity is insufficient. It provides comprehensive memory, and helps reduce the number of devices and cabinets, software license costs, and energy consumption, which can all soar when mission-critical services are run.

The speed and latency of SSD cache in scenarios that require high read/write performance are incomparable with DRAM. The PMem eclipses traditional SSD cache by providing larger capacity and read/write performance close to that of DRAM.

The traditional method for expanding service capabilities is scale-out, that is, to deploy more servers for larger memory capacity. In contrast, scale-up is a better option because it reduces the number of servers required and the costs of key components, and streamlines server cluster management. The latest version of PMem lowers capital expenses (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX) to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO). In addition, it supports persistent data storage and data recovery within seconds, providing more reliable and secure services.

The Huawei FusionServer Pro series provides a wide range of intelligent servers, including 2-, 4-, and 8-socketrack servers, X series high-density servers, E series blade servers, and heterogeneous servers. Featuring high stability, security, and reliability, the FusionServer Pro series intelligent servers support general-purpose computing, high-density computing and storage, balanced configuration, and mission-critical services.

The FusionServer Pro series servers are optimized for new and conventional workloads, providing the industry with better computing and storage architectures, simplified networks, and intelligent acceleration and management.

  • Supports 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, offering computing performance up to 40% higher than predecessors.
  • Equipped with Intel® Optane™ persistent memory to boost the 4-socket server memory capacity to 15TB, and 8-socket server to 30 TB, greatly improving memory capacity and data reliability of in-memory
  • Supports mixed installation of all NVMe SSDs and multiple drives, as well as tiered data storage, improving storage density and
  • Provides various GE and 10GE onboard networks to simplify network deployment and
  • Delivers ultimate service experience with multiple intelligent acceleration components, such as intelligent NICs, intelligent SSDs, and AI accelerator
  • Installs the intelligent management software FusionDirector to build a more intelligent and streamlined data

Huawei's next-generation servers are designed to meet diversified enterprise requirements in an energy-efficient and cost-effective manner. The Huawei servers also provide intelligent management and high energy efficiency to reduce O&M costs.

Learn more about FusionServer Pro.