Seagate Aids in the Creation of QCT’s
Innovative 5G Infrastructure:
From Data Center to Edge
As 5G is now officially launched in the US and South Korea, many services have been enabled that have the opportunity to expand and scale with various applications. At the same time, it has brought about major changes in the way data centers are being built. Mike Yang, the President of Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT), believes that when we design the data centers of the future, a workload-driven approach will be taken. Which will also diversify into different usage scenarios which will affect the selection of storage devices.
On April 3rd, South Korea and the US started 5G services. Although the actual 5G performance at this time was not as one would expect, it still didn’t stop people from applying for this new service. In South Korea alone, there are already more than 260,000 applications and the launch of 5G won’t only impact the opportunities to create new applications, but there are likely to be major changes to the structure of data centers.
Mike Yang, President of QCT, pointed out that the past designs of data centers basically focused on compute, high storage density, power efficiency, and serviceability. Nowadays, workloads are another characteristic that need to be considered, especially in cases like 5G internet data centers (IDC). Therefore, utilizing mobile edge computing (MEC) has becomes an important issue, which is the key technology to realizing 5G services.
One of the world’s major storage device manufacturers, Seagate, also agrees with the importance of edge computing for 5G. Since 5G promises high bandwidth, lower latency, and better connectivity, edge computing can effectively provides such quick speeds with optimized network quality for 5G mobile users, and thus, granting telecom operators the opportunity to introduce more innovative services.
Emerging with 5G, is the rapid growth of data and the amount of connected devices, which is also one of the major reasons why edge computing has become so popular. In order to maintain computing efficiency, the computing flow needs to move from a centralized cloud to the edge for distribution, which is handle closer to the end user. IDC even estimates that the edge computing data for real-time decisions will account for 30% of the total data stored around the world in 2025.
The great potential market of edge computing has thus attracted Seagate, who has adjusted its future business strategy to also expand to edge computing alongside its current focus of enterprises and the cloud market. In the 2019 Asia Media Forum held a few months ago, the Senior VP of Global Business and Business Operation at Seagate, Mr. Wan-Cheng Zheng, addressed the media with the topic “The Future of Edge”, to emphasize the determination and expectations Seagate has towards the edge computing market.
5G Drives the Need for Edge Computing Creating a New “Everywhere Storage Structure”
In response to Seagate’s view, Mike Yang recognizes the Everywhere Storage Structure, which corresponds with the trends in mobile edge computing structures, enabling storage devices to allocate to not only data centers but also edge devices.
Future storage devices used in edge devices must meet the requirements of hot data, meaning that the data has to be processed instantaneously, generating results in real-time with no delay. As for the cloud data centers, they will be used to store what we call big data, which is known to be a massive amounts of data, of a wide variety, which exponentially increases rapidly. The analysis, verification, prediction, archiving, backup, and disaster recovery of this data is also crucial to the integrity and security as it is processed in cloud data centers, and therefore, the storage devices built in these data centers need to be selected accordingly based on such requirements.
Therefore, while developing storage for the edge computing, Seagate continued in strengthening its existing products to meet the needs of cloud data centers. In this instance, QCT uses Seagate’s Enterprise Grade Exos series hard drives to build their 5G Cloud Solution Center. The Exos series was designed specifically for large databases, which has received numerous positive feedback from corporate clients in terms of its performance and stability, and also high-standard security protection mechanisms that suits the needs of large data centers.
Seagate Has Been Selected As the Best Supplier of QCT Consecutively for 3 years with their High Quality and Solid Technology
Mike Yang emphasizes that QCT has been helping enterprise clients to “get up in the cloud” since it was established in 2012. With its rich innovation, R&D, design, and manufacturing teams accumulated by the 30+ year old parent company, Quanta Computer, QCT manages to independently master the four basic core structures of the data center: servers, storage, switch, and rack systems. Moreover, QCT continues to collaborate with VMware, Microsoft, Red Hat, and other major software companies to build deep integration between cloud software and Quanta’s cloud servers.
In fact, Seagate holds a similar attitude to that of QCT. To help QCT and their corporate clients, Seagate is constantly pursuing technology innovations and breakthroughs in their storage product lines to provide the most suitable products and services to QCT.
To illustrate, Seagate participates in the early joint qualification stages in each process of product application with QCT, providing immediate and reliable technical support to ensure the full performance of their products. As a result, Seagate can also steadily provide high-quality products to QCT, and eliminate any setbacks to providing the best service to their customers. Finally, Seagate holds regular technical summits and discussions on the latest technologies and applications with QCT, giving both companies the chance to grow and improve.
As for the future of data center design , enterprises will indeed need to adopt a workload-driven approach. And in terms of storage device selection, they will also need to diversify according to various usage scenarios. Besides 5G, Mike also mentioned there are extremely popular applications to explore in the future (i.e. AI, autonomous cars, healthcare, IoT, etc.) and each of them has a different workload. Thus, the data centers must be designed based on the alternative characteristics of each of those workloads, which will fulfill the business goals of low cost and high efficiency.
Therefore, when selecting collaboration partners, QCT puts a great emphasis on the product quality and technological know-how that meets the needs of distinctive application scenarios. Seagate has been selected as the best supplier for QCT for three consecutive years since 2016. And the keys to that success are Seagate’s outstanding performance in product quality, corporate culture, and logistics support. QCT will continue to collaborate with Seagate helping corporate clients to quickly “get up in cloud,” accelerating the realization of digital transformation in Taiwan
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