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Huawei Launches the World's First 32-Socket x86 Mission Critical Server Called KunLun

2016-03-14

[Hannover, Germany, March 14, 2016] Huawei today launched the world's first 32-socket x86 mission critical server called KunLun 9032 at CeBIT 2016. The server sets a new standard in mission critical computing by combining an innovative and open design with breakthrough Reliability, Availability, Serviceability (RAS 2.0) and CPU interconnection technologies. These innovations enable KunLun to deliver superior performance and reliability to support enterprises’ mission critical applications on a huge scale.


Huawei Launches the World's First 32-Socket x86 Mission Critical Server Called KunLun

Commenting on the launch, Zheng Yelai, President, Huawei IT Product Line, said: “Many enterprises are stifled by traditional closed systems that are complex and rigid. Instead of giving them a competitive advantage, their systems are hindering business innovation and growth. Huawei is addressing this through KunLun, the world’s first 32-socket x86 mission critical server. Being a new-generation mission critical server, KunLun is based on an open platform which meets the stringent performance and reliability requirements of enterprises' mission critical computing. In our quest to become a leader in mission critical computing, we believe KunLun marks the beginning of a new mission critical server era based on open standards that helps enterprises improve efficiency and agility while reducing costs”.

Aligned with Huawei’s strategy of collaborating to build a cooperative and win-win ecosystem, Huawei worked with industry-leading partners to develop KunLun. The new server is powered by Intel® Xeon® E7 v3 series central processing units (CPUs) and supports mainstream databases such as SAP HANA; middleware; and Operating Systems (OS) including Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux and Windows Server.

Peter Gleissner, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group & Director, European Union Region, Intel, Johannes Woehler, Vice President of HANA Platform & Databases, SAP, and Ralf Flaxa, President of Engineering of SUSE attended the KunLun's launch conference.

Peter Gleissner, Intel, said, "Intel is widely used all around the globe, especially in the financial industry and government sector. Huawei's 32-socket KunLun is a leading mission critical server based on Intel processors."

Johannes Woehler, SAP, said: “Through close collaboration, SAP and Huawei have delivered industry-leading innovations to meet the needs of our global customers. By continuing to provide industry solutions based on innovative infrastructure, we will help our customers leverage cloud and big data technologies to realize agile business and rapid innovation to create a competitive edge in the digital economy.”

Ralf Flaxa, President of Engineering, SUSE, said, “Customers need a reliable foundation for mission-critical workloads. To provide that foundation, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and the KunLun mission-critical server are both designed to handle mission-critical workloads while minimizing server downtime, thus making mission-critical applications more stable and efficient.”

With innovative RAS 2.0 and CPU interconnection technologies, Huawei KunLun server delivers reliability and computing performance that outpaces existing standard IA servers and sets up a product chain based on open platforms, leading the way in the new era of open-architecture mission critical servers:

Superior reliability: RAS 2.0 proactive fault management ensures service continuity

Huawei’s innovative RAS 2.0 technology enables proactive fault management. Based on firmware and independent of OSs, the fault response and diagnosis mechanism of RAS 2.0 allows comprehensive fault information collection and analysis, which automatically isolates risky components, executes failover, or informs maintenance staff of risky components for early replacement before critical errors occur. It is also first in the industry to support online CPU and memory module maintenance without shutting down the server, ensuring continuity of mission critical services and providing a strong foundation for stable business growth.

Ultimate performance: innovative CPU interconnection technology exceeds the industry standard to accelerate business growth

With Huawei's innovative Node Controller interconnection chips, KunLun takes the lead in enabling high speed interconnection for 32, and up to 64, Xeon E7 v3 CPUs, exceeding the industry standard of interconnection for 8 Xeon E7 v3 CPUs. KunLun is also first in the industry to provide both physical and logical partitioning of firmware in open-architecture mission critical servers. A partition can contain one physical core or up to 32 CPUs to meet different computing requirements, maximizing resource utilization. KunLun 9032 ranks No. 1 performance-wise in the SpecCPU_CINT2006 Rates and CFP2006 Rates performance benchmark test, outperforming traditional benchmark mission critical servers. This superior performance will enable enterprises to power their most demanding mission critical workloads to realize business growth and innovation.

Open innovation for win-win development: join hands with partners to build a comprehensive product chain

Incorporated non-RISC x86 processors, KunLun is born open. Huawei aims to build a KunLun partner alliance where Huawei joins hands with chip, operating system, database, and ISV software vendors inside and outside China to build competitive mission critical solutions. Through in-depth technical cooperation and joint innovation, the KunLun partner alliance will build mission critical servers that can replace conventional ones, helping customers to move their mission critical platforms to open architectures. KunLun not only helps customers get rid of closed architectures but also reduce TCO and build open, flexible, and innovative platforms for customers.

There are three specifications of KunLun: KunLun 9008, 9016, and 9032. KunLun 9032 server supports up to 32 CPUs, 576 cores, 1152 threads, and 768 DDR4 DIMMs. KunLun servers apply to conventional databases, in-memory computing, High-performance Computing (HPC) fat nodes, and large virtualization platforms.

KunLun servers will be officially launched in markets across the globe from today onwards. For more information about KunLun, please visithttp://e.huawei.com/cn/products/cloud-computing-dc/servers/mc-server/kunlun.

CeBIT 2016 will be held from March 14 to 18, 2016, Hannover Congress Centrum, Germany. Visit the Huawei booth B54 in hall 2 at CeBIT 2016. For more information about the event, please visithttp://enterprise.huawei.com/topic/2016Cebit/index.html .