Huawei launches ‘industry-first’ AI data centre switch amid trade war
Despite being embroiled in the midst of a trade war between China and the United States, Huawei is showing no signs of slowing down its innovation.
On Tuesday the company revealed a new chipset for data centres purported to be more powerful and more efficient than its peers, and now the Chinese tech giant has unveiled its new data centre switch ‘built for the AI era’, the CloudEngine 16800.
Huawei claims it to be an industry-first, consisting of an embedded AI chip, 48-port 400GE line card per slot, and the capability to evolve to the autonomous driving network. According to Huawei, this will enable customers to accelerate intelligent transformation.
"A fully connected, intelligent world is fast approaching,” says Huawei Network Product Line president Kevin Hu.
“Data centre become the core of the new infrastructures such as 5G and AI. Huawei will first introduce AI technology to data centre switches, leading data centre networks from the cloud era to the AI era."
To back up its new product, the company shared some statistics from its Global Industry Vision (GIV) 2025 report, which forecasts the AI adoption rate to increase from 16 percent in 2015 to 86 percent in 2025. Huawei believes AI’s potential to reshape business models, make decisions, and improve customer experiences will be a key driving force.
The problem that Huawei is looking to solve is the limitations of current computing power which is becoming a bottleneck of the AI commercial process. According to Hu, the current AI computing power of data centres is only capable of reaching up to 50 percent due to a packet loss rate of 1/1000.
To make matters worse, the industry expects the annual volume of data globally to increase from 10 zettabytes in 2018 to 180 zettabytes by 2025. Hu is adamant – existing 100GE data centre networks simply won’t be able to cope with the imminent flood of data, and this is why his company’s new chip is so important.
And so, the details. The CloudEngine 16800 itself consists of an orthogonal architecture that Huawei says overcomes multiple technical challenges such as high-speed signal transmission, heat dissipation, and power supply.
Its 48-port 400GE line card per slot density is the highest in the industry, in addition the industry’s largest 768-port 400GE switching capacity at five times the industry average. Furthermore, to meet green interests Huawei says the power consumption per bit is reduced by 50 percent.
The CloudEngine 16800 uses the ‘iLossless’ algorithm to implement auto-sensing and auto-optimisation of the traffic model, resulting in lower latency and higher throughput based on zero packet loss. This then lifts AI computing power from 50 percent to 100 percent and improves data storage input/output operations per second by 30 percent.
Its embedded AI chip enhances the intelligence level of devices deployed at the network edge, enabling the switch to make local inference and rapid decision-making in real-time.
According to Huawei, with CloudEngine 16800’s local intelligence and the centralised network analyser FabricInsight, the distributed AI O&M architecture is able to identify faults in seconds automatically locate faults in minutes.
"Huawei CloudEngine series data centre switches have been successfully launched into commercial use for more than 6000 customers, helping digital transformation of industry customers such as finance, internet, and carrier customers,” says Huawei Data Centre Network Domain general manager Leon Wang.
“Huawei launched the CloudEngine 16800 to help customers accelerate intelligent transformation, achieve pervasive use of AI, and jointly build a fully connected and intelligent world."
Industry: Data Centre & Artificial Intelligence News
- Cloud Network Engineer
- Up to £35,000 Base + Bonus + Possible Share Options
One of our clients, an exciting UK based start-up is on the lookout for a Cloud Network Engineer in Yorkshire. The Cloud Network Engineer will need current CCNA / CCNP level networking experience (Cisco, BGP, IP etc.), cloud networking understanding (Azure, AWS etc.) and current experience ideally within a client facing / consultancy role. (Cloud Engineer, Network Engineer, Azure, AWS, Amazon Web Services) Reference Number: PG7477
- Senior Service Desk Analyst
- Up to £32,000 Base + £6,400 Shift Allowance
We are currently working on behalf of an IT Service Provider based in Wiltshire who are on the lookout for a Senior Service Desk Analyst. The Senior Service Desk Analyst will be responsible for logging, managing and escalating internal & external incidents and requests. This is an excellent opportunity to join a business recognised for what they do and work with a number of top UK businesses. You’ll be able to manage your career development and gain additional training e.g. certifications etc. This role will include a shift (4 days on then 4 days off) which covers 24/7 12 hour shifts The ideal candidate will be currently working in a IT service desk / IT support role ideally in an IT Services business. Reference Number: PG7476 (Service Desk Administrator, Analyst, Support, Service Desk Support, shift work, traning, Information Technology, Customer service, Customer support)
- Data Centre Service Delivery Manager
- Up to £50,000 + Package
A Data Centre Service Delivery Manager is needed to join a specialist connectivity provider in Hertfordshire. The company is going through a huge growth programme and this is an excellent opening for someone to join a business who are working with globally recognised organisations. You’ll be responsible for: Supporting the Commercial Director with management of existing and potential customers being the main point of contact. Maintaining and improving the company’s current and new services Customer relationship management Attending customer meetings in order to provide guidance to customers Keeping up a high quality level of service Updating appropriate documentation such as policy and procedures and making sure these are in place and followed Change and Incident management Service Level Agreements Experience required Must have current experience working in a Data centre environment in a Service Delivery role. An understanding of Data Centre technology and terminology. Experience of dealing with people of all levels within a business (Engineers to Board level) In return you'll have the ability to work in a cutting edge environment and work with a variety of well known international clients REF: PG7475
- Data Centre Account Director
- Up to £80.000 base with uncapped commission
Our client is looking for a Data Centre Account Director, the goal of this position is to be a trusted partner / primary point of contact and to achieve sales and margin expectations. You will also be growing new business and long-term growth across data centre services, Building good customer relationship at all levels for revenue growth and customer retention Working with presales specialists to propose relevant and cost effective data centre solutions for customers Understanding and identifying customers’ needs Leading bids, RFPs and proposals submissions Driving new business 60% of your time to new hyperscalers or enteprise customers. The ideal candidate should possess 5 years’ experience in selling Data Centre services. Self-driven, energetic, resourceful, creative and good account management skills and new business skills Ability to build good customer relationship at all levels, Be able to work independently. Reference Number: BD7467 (Data Centre, Data Center, Data Centre Sales, Data Center Sales)