Huawei has maintained continuous, rapid growth in 4-socket mission-critical server shipments. According to Gartner’s Q2 2016 report, Huawei scored a year-on-year (2015Q2 and 2016Q2) growth rate of 150.17% with its x86 4-socket server shipment volume, which ranked first1 in the global market.
Huawei has noticed that the global mainframe and midrange computer markets have been shrinking, while x86-based servers, which boast better economic value and performance, are starting to replace midrange computers and becoming the mainstay. Enterprises are shifting from mission-critical services, along with traditional services, to x86 servers because these servers deliver better performance and reliability.
As a leading server vendor worldwide, Huawei has been investing heavily in the x86 mission-critical server domain in recent years and has recently launched servers with four, eight, or more sockets. In March this year, Huawei unveiled KunLun, the world’s first x86-based, 32-socket mission-critical server.
KunLun leverages groundbreaking technology that interconnects 32 CPUs through a Node Controller (NC) chip, hardened with innovative reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) 2.0 technologies that unleash single-node reliability and performance surpassing those of existing standard open platforms. RAS 2.0 provides a powerful pack of features including predictive failure analysis (PFA) and CPU and memory module hot swap.
Qiu Long, President of Huawei IT Server Product Line, said, "We believe Huawei's first-ranking position in the global shipment of 4-socket servers is another achievement and a reflection of Huawei’s continuous investment in the mission critical server domain. Huawei controls server quality throughout the entire server design and development process, which explains the low failure rate of Huawei mission critical servers. The advanced RAS features and high reliability of Huawei servers satisfy customers’ requirements for mission critical servers.
“We are grateful for our customers’ wide recognition. With continuous innovation in multiple areas including basic technology, architecture, and solutions, we are taking full advantage of the changes and opportunities brought by cloud and Big Data applications to offer customers mission critical computing platforms with superior reliability, performance, and usability. I believe our servers will achieve even more success in the future," continued Qiu Long.
Thanks to their high performance, reliability, maintainability, and multiple innovations, Huawei mission-critical servers have been receiving increasing recognition from markets inside and outside China. Huawei servers support over 5,000 customers across more than 150 countries globally.
Delivering benchmark performance, reliability, and maintainability, Huawei mission-critical servers have been widely applied to mission-critical services such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and data analytics by customers in many industries, including government, finance, enterprise, energy, communication, and telecommunications.
Huawei server applications include the ERP system at Newcastle University, the oil exploration emulation system at CEPSA, a chip design platform at Global Foundries, and a high-performance computing platform at Stanford University.
In addition, Huawei has seen outstanding performance from its rack-optimized and rack-blade servers, whose shipment volumes both ranked first in the Chinese market in 2016 Q22. We believe all these are testimony to the robust development of Huawei servers.
1: Gartner “Market Share: Servers, Worldwide, 2Q16 Update,” 12 September 2016
2: Gartner “Market Share: Servers, Worldwide, 2Q16 Update,” 12 September 2016