The rapid evolution of cloud computing
Cloud computing is a transformational and disruptive technology that will fundamentally change the ways in which people live and do business. A data centre comprises the basic hardware medium for cloud computing and requires new solutions that are able to accommodate cloud requirements and meet related challenges.
Gartner and IDC predict that data centres will develop over the next five years, and will increasingly focus on cloud computing virtualisation, efficient energy utilisation and management and high-density design. As a result, traditional data centres that do not keep pace will become obsolete.

Huawei 4S Data Centre

Modernising traditional data centres to support cloud computing is a new challenge for many executives. In response, Huawei has launched its 4S high-density modular data centre that offers customers a simplified cloud computing solution that can be placed in either indoor or outdoor environments.


Huawei’s 4S Data Centre infrastructures consist of eight sub-systems: power distribution; refrigeration; integrated cabling; management system; fire control;, surge protection; cabinet; and decoration.

Unlike a traditional data centre, Huawei’s 4S Data Centre solutions are standardised and can be easily pre-installed, pre-tested and quickly assembled onsite. Standard ports provide a clear engineering interface and easy management, thereby minimising onsite engineering while simplifying solution planning and accelerating deployment.

Compared to a traditional data centre which takes two years to build, a Huawei 4S Data Centre can be constructed in 60% less time. An indoor 4S Data Centre requires a net height of just 2,8 metres without a raised floor, while the outdoor 4S Data Centre can be easily transported and powered up immediately.


Three core modules – the data centre, power supply and distribution, and outdoor cooling modules – and two auxiliary systems – the decoration and fire control systems – can be flexibly designed and installed as required.
The air conditioning module provides cool air, and uninterrupted power supplies (UPSes) provide power on demand. Unlike the one-step planning and excessive investment common to traditional data centres, each Huawei 4S Data Centre solution plan can be deployed and expanded in stages to avoid extraneous investment and to allow flexible response to changes in services and technology.


To meet the requirements for unified intelligent management for cloud computing, Huawei integrates all element management of L1 to allow for remote and unattended operations as well as integrated monitoring and efficient management.
This also enables the realisation of visible network management and interaction between the infrastructure facility and service layers so that service changes can be dynamically detected to provide cool air and to accurately calculate the electricity charge of each cabinet so that the requisite power can be supplied.


The Huawei 4S Data Centre solution reduces the total cost of operation by 30% through a combination of energy conservation, time savings, and carbon footprint reduction, due to the use of high-density 30kW cabinets, which can be stacked.
Moreover, through the use of modular air conditioners that intelligently provide cooling air on demand, efficiency can be improved by 30%. UPSes with a conversion efficiency of 96% can increase load rate by more than 60%, reducing OPEX by 30%.

Global presence

As of the end of 2011, Huawei had successfully delivered more than 230 data centres, including 16 cloud data centres, across the globe. Huawei is able to tap into its vast experience in telecommunications and IT to provide optimal end-to-end delivery design, full supply chain support and superior 4S Data Centres, allowing customers to take full advantage of the possibilities offered by the cloud computing era.