Huawei Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2021 was held between February 23 to 25 at New International Expo Center (SNIEC) Shanghai, China. During the event, Huawei launched the OneStorage Solution to help telcos build a future-oriented target data storage network that supports diversified service innovation.
The OneStorage solution provides a converged storage resource pool for various services and intelligent data management that is highly automated. It also uses an open architecture to tear down the silos in today’s multi-cloud era, thus helping telcos transform and innovate efficiently.
With the advent of the digital economy, data has become a new production factor. Accelerated digital transformation of telcos leads to data surges. According to estimates, the billing data volume of telcos’ BSS domains will increase by 7.5 times, the operation data volume of their OSS domains will grow by 8 times, the HD video data volume of their To-C services will climb by more than 10 times, and their big data analytics volume will go up by 5 times.
In comparison, their IT investment is estimated to grow only by about 20%. An innovative data storage solution is therefore required to resolve the difference between ever-surging data volumes and comparatively small IT investment.
Dr. Peter Zhou pointed out three data storage challenges facing telco transformation:
- Low resource utilization due to resource silos. Currently, only less than 40% of storage resources are efficiently used in telcos’ data centers. Poor data mobility between storage systems is complicating data value exploitation.
- Inefficient management. Complex O&M operations require a lot of time and manpower and have poor fault tolerance. It often takes hours to locate one fault.
- Complex cloud convergence because of cloud silos. Clouds failing to share resources is making cloud evolution difficult for telcos.
Huawei’s next-generation OneStorage Solution helps telcos tackle the challenges by providing the following capabilities:
One Pool for storage on demand
Different storage arrays, including all-flash, hybrid-flash, high-density, and Blu-ray arrays, are integrated into a unified data storage resource pool. To meet telcos’ requirements for different application scenarios, especially sprouting digital applications, converged storage resource pools precisely match service SLAs with data storage service levels and, on this basis, implement on-demand storage resource provisioning to improve storage resource utilization and reduce CAPEX by more than 30%.
“A reliable infrastructure that fulfills various service SLAs based on Huawei’s unified OceanStor OS and diversified storage hardware,” says Dr. Peter
One Engine for intelligent data management
The storage cost of data differs depending on its storage media. Huawei uses the Data Management Engine (DME) to automatically sense data temperature changes and allow data to move automatically between different media without applications feeling any difference. As a result, telcos achieve optimal cost-efficiency throughout the data lifecycle.
In addition, Huawei DME automates storage management and O&M for all scenarios. What is especially worth mentioning is Huawei DME’s capability in precisely predicting the capacity and performance trends as well as disk faults of storage systems, which turns reactive O&M into proactive O&M. According to estimates, Huawei DME can reduce approximately 70% OPEX for telcos.
One Framework for multi-cloud convergence
Telcos typically have multiple private clouds in their data center, such as those provided by VMware and Kubernetes. They are seeking to use an open architecture to converge clouds with consistent user experience.
Huawei OneStorage Solution (Peter’s words), allows users to invoke diversified service capabilities with one click and consequently enables new applications to roll out quickly and ensures the user experience consistency of cloud services.
To help telcos build a target data storage network based on the OneStorage Solution, Huawei proposes a three-step plan to solve problems of upgrading storage media to flash, unifying software for different hardware, changing the storage network to all-IP, pooling storage resources, and provisioning resources as services:
Step 1: Change the current silo-style construction mode into a pool-style one, and build enterprise storage, block, file, object, and HDFS resource pools to improve resource utilization.
Step 2: Upgrade storage media to flash. All-flash arrays are proved to save about 40% of hardware while accelerating upper-layer services, thus helping telcos save data center room and reduce approximately 42% carbon emission. Replacing the data storage network with an all-IP one makes O&M more efficient. Telcos should also tear down the barriers between different storage protocols and build a data lake to consolidate separate resource pools for block, file, object, and HDFS services. In this way, one piece of metadata can be used by different applications to avoid replicating data across resource pools. Service acceleration and data lake deployment will significantly improve data utilization.
Step 3: To enable rapid service iteration and innovation, telcos can build all-scenario converged storage resource pools that are oriented to cloud, network, edge, and device and support diversified hardware and multi-protocol interworking. Different types of hardware, such as all-flash, hybrid-flash, high-density, and Blu-ray systems, can be integrated into one software architecture to enable all data storage resources to be intelligently provisioned to multi-cloud upper-layer applications according to SLAs.
As underlying storage resources are provided automatically on demand, upper-layer services can be more agile, service TTMs can be shorter, and resource provisioning more accurate. In addition, telcos should provide unified automated O&M capabilities, such as service change, monitoring, and resource optimization, at the upper layer to improve data management efficiency.
This three-step plan enables telcos to evolve toward a future-oriented target storage network smoothly. Huawei is ready to work with anyone to supercharge digital economy development. It is committed to delivering higher efficiency, better performance, and more agile services and will, as always, provide the ultimate simplicity to its customers and partners and leave the complex to itself, making it easier for customers to edge closer towards all-scenario intelligence and multi-cloud convergence.
U.S. is confused over Honor – Ban or Not
After banning Huawei, the U.S. government is now aiming at Honor. The US agencies have recently conducted a meeting to discuss whether to add the former subsidiary of Huawei to the US entity list or not. The meeting seems to soon turn into an argument due to the lack of agreement among the members.
A report from The Washington Post reveals, there are apparently four security organizations that are presenting their perspective on this matter. The Pentagon and Energy Department wants the authorities to black-listed Honor in the market. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department and State Department are strictly against this vote.
In 2019, the Trump administration banned Huawei in suspicion of being a security threat to the nation. Afterward, the US companies withdrew their supply and left Huawei to struggle alone. However, taking it as an opportunity the company started to polish its technologies and making its own empire. Still, there is a long way to cover.
On the other hand, the Chinese firm never accepted the false blame and always opposes them. Furthermore, the Huawei authorities claim all the charges of the US Federal Ministry groundless.
Last December, Huawei sold its subsidiary to a group of Chinese businesses. Thereafter, Honor regained its supply chain including chipsets, Google Mobile Services as well as other partnerships with global tech makers.
Why the US wants to Blacklist Honor:
There is no clear statement why the US wants to ban Honor. The company is no longer part of Huawei and become an independent firm last year. Moving ahead, it doesn’t have a strong position in 5G networking devices manufacturing, which causes any security threat in the country and causes a ban like it did with Huawei.
However, if the company is anyhow banned in the US, it’ll surely bring devastating outcomes. It might lead the owners to give up on the company as it’ll directly cut the supplies from the biggest market. But first, the US has to clear its confusion to ban Honor or not. If yes, then why?
Chip makers to boost 5G RF component production, could help Huawei to bring back 5G phones
The 5G RF (radio frequency) components are a big concern for Huawei as it’s forced to launch its flagship with 4G network access. Launched on July 29 this year, the Huawei P50 series packs a sumptuous camera system, software capabilities, and design. However, the smartphone lacks a 5G communication network.
As reported previously, core 5G components use radiofrequency waves divided into Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) and Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW). Among them, the smartphone makers prefer BAW, whose market is mainly ruled by US chipmakers that are restricted to sell 5G chips to Huawei due to US-Sanctions.
Furthermore, a recent report shows that like other markets, the chip industry has its own working flow. It includes manufactories, packaging, and testing plants to supply 5G RF components. Now the chip foundries are working to expand their business relations and planed of producing more 5G smartphone chips. The positive side of this news is that Huawei could also get access to 5G RF components to bring its 5G smartphones.
Chip Market Status in China:
According to the report, Vanchip Technologies which is a sub-foundry of MediaTek is seeking to work with GaAs. The two parties are accelerating their production to meet the 5G demands across the mainland.
Moving ahead, Qualcomm also contacted Wenmao that will responsible for G sub-6GHz power amplifier (PA). Adding to this, another Chinese supplier Hongjie Technology will provide Qualcomm the advanced 6-inch wafers.
In this line, Qualcomm also extending the RF collaboration on 5G RF front-end products with GlobalFoundries (GF). The collaboration includes sub-6 GHz and cutting-edge mmWave technology to unlock everyday 5G access.
Global Chip Market Status:
The United States and Japan are monopolizing the global chip market at present. The fabless manufacturers including Qualcomm, Qorvo, and Skyworks are planning to work together.
Besides, the other manufactures such as ASE, Amkor, and Changjiang Electronics Technology have ramp-up system-in-package (SiP) and antenna packaging (AiP) integration in their products.
Honor of Kings announce 120Hz support, Huawei Nova 9 come with 90Hz
Huawei Nova 9 will unveil on September 23rd offering four different solid colors- Blue, Violet, Green, and Black. The Nova 9 lineup comes with a 120Hz refresh rate display and features a 300Hz touch sampling rate for maximized touch interactions.
Along with the launch, the Nova 9 will also become one of the unique devices with 90Hz refresh rate support Honor of King game. According to the official information, the next Honor of Kings S25 will also launch on September 23. In this regard, this game expands the new 120 Hz game mode support for more devices for Xiaomi, Black Shark. realme, and others. (check the list below).
Meanwhile, the yet-to-launch Huawei Nova 9 along with Lenovo Xiaoxin Pad Pro 12.6 will support 90 Hz game mode. However, Huawei Nova 9 originally supports a 120 Hz screen rate, and the 300 Hz touch sampling rate providing a 10-bit color depth.
Meanwhile, the upcoming Huawei Nova 9 along with a Lenovo tablet will support the 90Hz refresh rate. However, it’s interesting that Huawei Nova 9 gets a different variation of the game with a high-performance refresh rate for faster gameplay.
Device List for 120 Hz Support:
- iQOO: iQOO 8 and 8 Pro
- Vivo: Vivo X70 Pro+
- Redmi: Redmi K40 Pro
- Xiaomi: Xiaomi 11 Ultra and 11 Pro
- Tencent: Tencent ROG phone 3, ROG phone 5, Red Magic 6, and 6 Pro
- Black Shark: Black Shark 4, 4 Pro, 4S, 4S Pro, and Black Shark 4 Oversea Version
- realme: realme GT, and GT Neo2
Note: The players of the listed devices can find the switch button for high frame rate mode in the setting interface to enable this function.
Honor of Kings:
Also known as Glory of Kings, it’s a Chinese multiplayer battle arena launched by Tencent games. It was launched in October 2015 and counts among the world’s most popular and one of the highest-grossing games of all time.
Moreover, the official information shows, the next’s season of the game will be updated on 23rd September from 0:00-7:30. The website will be taken down for the changes by the time.