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Huawei obtains world’s first PUE test certificate for modular data center product

20 Nov 2018

Huawei was presented with the world’s first PUE (Power Usage Efficiency) test certificate for an indoor modular data center product at the Fourth Data Center Facility Summit. The certificate, which was presented by Zhang Song, TGG(China) Vice Chairman and Wang Yue, Senior Business Director from CAICT (the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology) and the TGG Test Team leader, marks the formal implementation of the PUE test standard for indoor modular data center products and is an important step towards standardizing the PUE data center test.

TGG is a global NGO that leads the improvement of energy efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems. It is committed to developing common energy consumption technology standards, measurement methods and new technologies. TGG’s best-known contribution to the industry, PUE, has been accepted as a common indicator to evaluate data center energy efficiency.

This test was conducted by the CAICT Yunda Data Center Research Department using the Huawei FusionModule2000 is tested. Huawei FusionModule2000 is a micro modular center product designed for small and medium-sized data centers. The configuration involved in the test is air-cooled indoor micro-modular data center with 12 IT racks and power density of 5kW/rack. The UPS and battery cabinets are installed inside the FusionModule2000. It is with the power redundancy of N+1 and the air-conditioner redundancy of N+1. 

In addition to product performance, FusionModule2000 adds Huawei's AI expertise into the product development, which greatly reduces the system energy consumption and ensures the reliability of the data center.

In order to ensure the accuracy, fairness and comparability of the test result, the PUE test was conducted in the environment recognized by TGG (China). The Huawei laboratory in the Xi’an R&D Center was verified by TGG (China) before the PUE test. During the three-day test, test engineers followed the PUE Test Standard of Indoor Micro-Modular Data Center (TGGCTS001-2018) to simulate the five different environmental conditions within the range of - 5 ℃ to 35 ℃ and test four different load rates for each environmental condition. 

Following the tests, the final result showed the annual PUE of Huawei’s FusionModule2000 to be as low as 1.245. The result is in compliance with TGG’s (China) standard on the energy-saving product. It also meets PUE< 1.4 requirements for MIIT(Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) green data centers. The annual PUE value is evaluated at the basis of the ambient temperature in Beijing using weighted average temperatures.

Huawei is supposedly committed to providing users with green, efficient and reliable data center energy solutions as well as guiding the healthy development of the industry. Huawei formulates the test standards and provides strong support to implement the standard. Meanwhile, according to The PUE Test Standard of Indoor Micro Data Center Product (TGGCTS001-2018) and The Energy Efficiency Testing Experimental Certification Process-Micro Modular Data Center PUE Test, the laboratory at the Huawei Xi'an R&D Center has been certified and become the world's first laboratory for PUE testing of indoor micro-modular data center products certified by TGG (China). Releasing the PUE test certificate standardizes the PUE certification of the indoor modular data center and will provide a reference for PUE certification of the industry.

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