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Huawei Data Center Facility Summit 2022: Consensus and Commitment for Green Data Centers in Asia Pacific

Sept 19, 2022

[Bangkok, Thailand, September 19, 2022] Huawei and Frost &Sullivan jointly held the Data Center Facility Summit 2022 on Monday in Bangkok, Thailand, aiming to encourage a shift towards green, smart, and reliable data center facilities.

At the event, Huawei also released the UPS S-ECO Technology White Paper, which sheds light on how the UPS S-ECO mode improves energy efficiency and minimizes the environmental footprint of data centers.

Taking place during Huawei Connect 2022, this summit convened more than 300 industry leaders, experts, and eco partners across various sectors to share best practices in building low-carbon, smart data centers and identify key trends that will have a meaningful impact on the digital infrastructure.

Huawei Data Center Facility Summit 2022

Embracing the Next-generation Data Center

The Asia Pacific region is among the fastest developing data center regions in the world, driven by skyrocketing data usage and accelerated digital transformation of businesses. Meanwhile, the demand for green data centers grows rapidly as the region pursues carbon neutrality and net zero carbon emissions.

“As the world‘s most populous and most diversified region, the Asia Pacific, is a key driver of the digital economy. Huawei Digital Power pays attention to the Asia Pacific market. We’d love to cooperate with all partners in the region to innovate solutions, advance the industry chains, and develop industry policies and standards to meet our common targets for a better data center industry and faster economic growth in the Asia-Pacific,” said Boham Sun, President of Huawei Digital Power APAC, in his opening speech.

Boham Sun, President of Huawei Digital Power APAC

In his keynote speech titled “Smart DC, Building the Green Future”, Jerry Zhang, General Manager of Huawei Global DC Facility Solution Sales, dived deep into the next-generation data center solution. “Huawei innovatively proposes the concept of the next-generation data center, which features sustainable, simplified, autonomous driving, and reliable. Based on these four characteristics, Huawei has been devoted to developing a series of innovative data center facility solutions, such as PowerPod 3.0, EHU, and so on. We aim to help global customers and partners build future-oriented green, intelligent, and reliable data centers,” said Mr. Zhang.

Jerry Zhang, General Manager of Huawei Global DC Facility Solution Sales

Building Consensus on Sustainable Data Centers

Basilio Dias Araujo, Deputy for Coordinating Minister of Maritime Sovereignty and Energy Affairs at the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs, Republic of Indonesia, noted that the digital economy will fundamentally transform Asian Pacific countries with higher GDP growth and more equal development for the people. We need to continually promote green energy policies, invest for the future, and drive innovations.

Basilio Dias Araujo, Deputy for Coordinating Minister of Maritime Sovereignty and Energy Affairs at the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs, Republic of Indonesia 

Gautham Gnanajothi, Global Research Vice President, Energy and Environment, Frost & Sullivan, shared his insights into eight key trends shaping the data center industry. He mentioned that while the focus on sustainability and decarbonization is higher than ever in data centers, aspects such as the role of AI in optimizing data center operations and the use of lithium-ion batteries are gaining a lot of prominence among data center operators.

Gautham Gnanajothi, Global Research Vice President, Energy and Environment, Frost & Sullivan

Carlo Malana, CEO of ST Telemedia Global Data Centers (Philippines), said that the data center industry is at an inflection point. We need to transform from “Infrastructure as usual" to" Infrastructure X.0" through four essential pathways: Environment, Economics & Governance, Social Impact, and Technology to collectively enable our digital future.

Carlo Malana, CEO of ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (Philippines) 

“Cambodia is a thriving economy driven by a strong vision to achieve high income and carbon neutrality by 2050. The digital economy is the driving thrust behind this vision, and Ezecom, as the leading ISP, needs to expand its digital infrastructure through Data Centre capacity building. An innovative leadership team helps the transformation journey to meet better efficiency and effectiveness,” said Yuni Lee Heathcote, CEO of EZECOM.

Yuni Lee Heathcote, CEO of EZECOM

“For overall sustainability and energy efficiency, PUE alone does not provide the full picture. It is possible to reduce PUE but increase energy use! According to sustainable design principles, we should first reduce demand (consumption) at source; then improve efficiency, and finally, use renewable resources. IT Efficiency, using metrics such as SERT scores, is the first step; followed facilities efficiency metrics such as PUE and WUE,” said Matthew Silvester, Director of Meinhardt (Thailand).

Matthew Silvester, Director of Meinhardt (Thailand) Ltd.. 

“Thailand will be the next data center hub of ASEAN with the smart and green technologies. The Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) is going to provide suitable and reliable standards for the country,” said Montri Wiboonrat, BICSI Thailand Country Chair, KMITL Business School, KMITL.

Montri Wiboonrat, BICSI Thailand Country Chair, KMITL Business School, KMITL

Releasing White Paper on the UPS S-ECO Technology

As a highlight of the summit, Huawei unveiled the UPS S-ECO Technology White Paper, which delves into applications and operational principles of the S-ECO mode. According to the white paper, S-ECO is an innovative UPS working mode based on the S-ECO technology. It enables 0 ms transfer time between any modes, suppresses high-voltage surges, and implements active harmonic compensation. The S-ECO mode delivers high efficiency in the full load range. When the bypass supplies power, the UPS power consumption is extremely low, and the system efficiency is greater than 99.1% at its peak or 98.5% when the load rate is above 20%.

The S-ECO mode facilitates green transformation and will trigger a power conservation revolution for data centers.

Looking ahead, Huawei will continue to work with customers and partners to build low-carbon, smart data centers, and strive to advance sustainable digital transformation in the region through continuous technological innovations.