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Servers designed to build the cloud

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Kathy Gibson at Huawei Connect in Shanghai — Cloud computing is rooted in the data centre, where an elastic, heterogenous platform that allows for agile deployment and on-demand orchestration can add immense value.
Atlas is a new generation intelligent cloud hardware platform with up to 100 cores that provide computing power as well as a host of agile features designed for the cloud.
This new “cloudified” platform is able to orchestrate hardware seamlessly, provide fast interconnectivity, includes virtualised server resources, and allows the rapid allocation or withdrawal of resources.
The new Atlas platform is positioned for scenarios like public cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), and high-performance computing (HPC) where CIOs need to adapt flexibly to service demands.
The Atlas platform is based on Huawei’s FusionServer G series heterogeneous servers, which leverages technologies such as heterogeneous resource pooling and intelligent orchestration to pool resources like GPUs (graphical processing units), HDDs (hard disk drives), and SSDs (solid state drives), and provisions hardware resources on demand to suit the needs of specific service models.
Atlas drives a more than 50% higher resource utilisation efficiency, and boosts performance by over 10-times compared with the traditional x86 architecture, while cutting the hardware device types for customers.
In addition, Atlas can provision logical servers in different resource configuration ratios, and deploy the servers within seconds, significantly shortening the service rollout cycle while empowering customers with the flexibility to adapt to service changes.
“As the AI era is approaching, traditional hardware cannot meet the requirements on development of AI and cloud technologies,” says Qiu Long, president: IT server product line at Huawei. “Positioned as a new-generation intelligent cloud hardware platform, Huawei’s Atlas pioneers heterogeneous resource pooling and intelligent orchestration technologies to bring resource utilisation and performance to new high levels.
“Atlas is also the fruit of Huawei’s Boundless Computing strategy, which is 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.”
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 centres.