Huawei today said that it will adopt Open Compute Project (OCP)’s Open Rack in its new global public cloud data centers. The use of Open Rack, according to OCP, will increase Huawei’s sustainability by using less energy for the servers and reduce the time it takes to install and maintain racks.
OCP formed the Open Rack initiative in 2013 to create an open standard for server rack design. The group has since developed a standard built for data centers that integrates the rack directly into the data center infrastructure. This standard includes a holistic design process, which includes the data center power grids and the gates in the chips on each motherboard.
The main benefit of Open Rack is that it decreases the total cost of ownership and improves the energy efficiency of servers in the scale compute space, according to OCP.
Huawei joins Facebook, Google, and Microsoft as adopters of the standard.
While its unclear which data centers it will apply the standard to, the Chinese vendor has recently been making significant data center investments in the Asia-Pacific region. In February it launched a new Huawei Cloud region in Singapore, which it is operating out of a single data center. The company says it plans to expand this to three facilities in the near future.
In 2018, the vendor also opened new cloud regions and data centers in Hong Kong, Russia, Thailand, and South Africa to complement its existing regions in China, Europe, and Latin America. It opened 40 availability zones in 23 regions during the year.
While its 2019 plans are still under wraps, with the adoption of Open Rack, it appears that Huawei has plans to open new cloud data centers in the future.
The vendor has been actively involved with OCP since it joined last October. It has contributed to a number of projects including OCP’s Rack and Power, System Management and Server groups. Huawei has contributed to the upcoming specs for the OCP accelerator Module, Advanced Cooling Solutions, and OpenRMC. It also offers a server based on designs submitted to the OCP.
Earlier this week, Huawei joined tech heavyweights Intel, Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and Microsoft in forming a consortium that will develop open interconnect technology called Compute Express Link (CXL).
With these announcements, the Chinese equipment vendor seems to be sending the message that it’s business as usual even though it’s been making salacious headlines for months (and months) now — which includes its most recent lawsuit against the U.S. government.