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National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the National Energy Administration (NEA) have agreed to construct national computing hubs in 8 locations including Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Yangtze River Delta, the Greater Bay Area, the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle, North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Southwest China's Guizhou province, Northwest China's Gansu province and Ningxia Hui autonomous region; and 10 national data center clusters are in progress. The project, “Eastern Data and Western Computing”, was officially commenced.
Alongside the project, the state has also scheduled to set up national integrated network infrastructure. In the course of network construction, what should we pay attention to? How does “Eastern Data and Western Computing” contribute to the digital transformation of enterprises? And in what ways can cloud computing be further facilitated?
Literally, “Eastern Data and Western Computing” is not complicated, that is, “compute the data from the east in the west.” Unfortunately, the reality is immensely challenging. The first thing we need is a “highway” for quick dataflow through networks, and next, a platform for data integration and collection to gather, organize, classify and process heterogeneous data. This project set a higher standard for data computing, hence, promoting the intelligentization of the IDC industry, according to Mr. Adan Zhan, our Director of Data Science and Innovation.
A platform is essential to classify and categorize data for “Eastern Data and Western Computing”. When it comes to financial, healthcare and disaster alert applications that require low latency, the data should be stored in the east, and processed in proximity to their application scenarios. As for scenarios that have lower demand for latency, such as data storage, processing and deep learning, computing them in the west can considerably reduce the cost of data processing and enhance efficiency.
As the saying goes, “Food and fodder go before the troops and horses”, so a cloud platform that serves as a key pillar of data processing requires improvement when facing a thorough data classification and following the launch of “Eastern Data and Western Computing”. Moreover, applications in multi-cloud structures will greatly increase with the framework, resulting in a higher standard of data management in such diversified architecture.
In terms of network, “Eastern Data and Western Computing” makes multi-cloud indispensable for enterprises who migrate to cloud. IDC and cloud service providers have to explore together and realize a better interconnection of the business operations and between data centers since the network is not just a transmission channel. Instead, it is the cornerstone for cloud service providers to enhance competitiveness by combining network and cloud to provide quicker, more flexible responses to different business needs. Cloud-network convergence and collaboration are bound to take place based on the analysis of the overall development trend.
In face of “Eastern Data and Western Computing”, it is high time to figure out how to realize the interconnection between data centers in various locations, and enable seamless transfer and processing of cross-site data through cloud platform. “On the production side of the manufacturing industry, its requirement for data latency is stringent, and less so in energy consumption analysis, supply chain management, production management and so on. But the industry also has a higher standard for the construction of a multi-management system, since manufacturers often need to get through the data barriers between different systems for more extensive data interaction,” said Mr. Adan Zhan. In terms of service providers, transferring and processing data seamlessly are what they should work on. “Even though the data centers are scattered in 10 different clusters, we still need to make our customer experience as smooth as we can, and that’s the challenge of diversified management we faced,” he stressed.
However, we have already laid out our strategy for distributed management and even for building a platform dedicated to distributed data centers management.
Judging from IDC resources, China Entercom, a subsidiary of CITIC Telecom CPC, is believed to help enterprises accelerate digital transformation by leveraging its 20-year experience in ICT services and constantly expanding resources, according to Mr. Guo Yuanda, General Manager of Sales (South China). More importantly, our cloud data centers that are located in key cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou can realize interconnected and seamless processing of data, as we deployed the cloud data centers with a distributed structure 5 years ago.
As early as 2018, CITIC Telecom CPC introduced SD-WAN network technology and has been optimizing and enhancing it since then, which laid a solid foundation for cloud-network-edge collaboration and flexible business deployment.
CITIC Telecom CPC has also expanded the research and development into remote operation and maintenance by incorporating AR technology. With “AR Remote Hand”, this remote operations and maintenance solution further facilitates the distributed data centers because it enables remote operations of multiple data centers including data collection, display and unified management. While constructing the multi-cloud management structure, we are consistently innovating with cloud technology as the core, in the hope of contributing to “Eastern Data and Western Computing” and even global network construction.
“Eastern Data and Western Computing” is not the “ceiling” of network construction but just the start of it.
“With our intelligent, integrated infrastructure of cloud, network and security, we constructed DataHOUSE™ cloud-network data centers based on supreme network and IT infrastructure; together with TrustCSI™ information security management, SmartCLOUD™ cloud computing solutions and other ICT solutions, we are able to adopt smart management model that exploits each of their advantages and allows collaboration and unified management,” said Mr. Jia Hong, Senior Vice President of China Entercom.
Technically, “Eastern Data and Western Computing” is not only about simple data processing, rather, it helps to visualize flexible business deployment for greater data values through the project itself as well as global integrated network construction.
“As a Global-local Intelligent DICT Service Partner, CITIC Telecom CPC is committed to continuous efforts in optimizing the intelligent services of cloud, network and security, especially on multi-cloud framework, with extensive industry experience. With the motto “Innovation Never Stops”, CITIC Telecom CPC will fully support the national strategic project “Eastern Data and Western Computing” by integrating resources and leveraging artificial intelligence and other technologies to optimize big data diversification, to enhance the cloud computing power and enrich the diversity of our service portfolio, and cooperating with our ecosystem partners, accelerating enterprises’ digital transformation journeys.” said Mr. Brook Wong, Chief Executive Officer of CITIC Telecom CPC.
More notably, ICT-MiiND, an innovative development strategy proposed by CITIC Telecom CPC, is to serve as the “brain” for successful digital transformation. Mr. Jia further explains that ICT-MiiND is supported by intelligence and various elements to develop a cutting-edge AIOps (Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations) platform that provides customized industry scenarios, offering a smarter enterprise IT service management.
In the course of supporting the digital transformation journeys of enterprises and fostering the landing of “Eastern Data and Western Computing”, CITIC Telecom CPC has forged a unique and innovative path through the integration of various digital technologies, innovation and decades of industry experience. Going forward, CITIC Telecom CPC will eventually lead the way and become the backbone of the “Eastern Data and Western Computing” project.
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