China Unicom Joins Hands with Inspur to Achieve a Win-win Situation in the Cloud 2.0 Era

Background:

China Unicom Cloud Data Co., Ltd.

China Unicom Cloud Data Co., Ltd. (CUCC) is the backbone of China Unicom's development of cloud data operations. It is responsible for implementing the centralized and unified management of China Unicom's cloud computing operations, as well as the integrated management of its internet data center (IDC) operations. CUCC relies on China Unicom's strong communication network capabilities, first-class infrastructure resources, high-quality customer base, and excellent brand reputation to build and support IDC, cloud computing, and IT infrastructures for customers in the internet, government, education, finance, and logistics fields.

Various industries are gearing up for the upcoming Cloud 2.0 era. China Unicom, one of three major telecom operators in the country, aims to use cloud computing as an important strategy in its restructuring and development. The development of cloud computing technologies is crucial for China Unicom's business, and the company is planning to more than double the size of the existing infrastructure for its data centers and increase its coverage across the country. There are also plans to develop cloud systems for the e-administration, agricultural, educational, medical, financial, environmental protection, and tourism fields, as well as to provide a comprehensive "network + platform + product + applications" cloud computing service.

China Unicom's flourishing business in recent years has led to the continuous growth of its cloud computing and big data operations. In order to enhance the development of its cloud computing operations, China Unicom has seized the opportunity to establish a next-generation green data center by constructing a novel content delivery network (CDN) platform and launching the WO+ platform. Consequently, the comprehensive "WO+" cloud resource and the unified "integrated cloud network" platform provide automated, advanced, secure, and controllable capabilities for China Unicom's cloud computing operations.

Challenge:

Requirements and challenges

  • Stronger computing power
  • Flexible data exchange capabilities
  • Sufficient storage space
  • Reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) for data centers

System building requirements

Establishment of an ultimate cloud computing infrastructure platform: The development of cloud computing must be based on the establishment of a stable infrastructure platform.

Solution:

Inspur provided two thousand units of its flagship NF5280M4 dual-path servers and one hundred units of its NF5460M4 storage servers to assist China Unicom in its establishment of an ultimate cloud computing infrastructure platform.

  • Inspur's flagship NF5280M4 dual-path server provides excellent computing power and flexible scalability, which allow support for various applications on China Unicom's cloud computing platform. It assists China Unicom in providing its governmental, enterprise, and industrial clients with diverse cloud computing products and services, such as information systems, human resources management, enterprise resource planning (ERP), enterprise mailboxes, and customer relationship management (CRM).
  • In order to meet the storage requirements of its cloud computing platform for massive data, China Unicom utilized Inspur's 4U36 NF5280M4 server, which is optimized for distributed storage systems. The server is much sought after by clients in the internet and telecommunication industries, as well as large-scale enterprises. With a storage capacity of up to 360 TB, its storage density is twice that of conventional storage servers. Furthermore, its devices require 50% less space, which greatly increases the chassis space utilization rate in data centers, thereby providing sufficient storage space for China Unicom's cloud computing operations.

Benefit:

Efficient and stable infrastructure platform: A platform that provides reliability for the development of cloud computing operations.

Significantly reduced data center energy consumption: The platform saves electricity costs and reduces the TCO of the data center.