Telecom Carrier Data Storage Power Index • The Register
Infomercial Telecommunications and mobile network operators are creating and storing more data than ever before as they cement their place in the global digital economy. The volume of information they process continues to grow as businesses and consumers demand faster and more reliable access to the content, applications and services hosted in their data centers.
The rapid expansion of fifth-generation (5G) network coverage, availability of handsets and Internet of Things (IoT) devices will only exacerbate these trends over the next five years. Estimates also suggest that the volume of data in telecom operators’ billing and commercial/operational support systems alone, as well as high-definition video content, will increase tenfold in parallel.
With their data centers already beginning to creak under the strain, operators have to wonder how long their existing infrastructure will last before they have to embark on inevitable upgrade initiatives. The immediate challenge they face is how to best assess current storage architectures against future needs, formulate a plan to boost their capacity with little or no disruption to their customers, and make better use of the data they have. they collect to optimize their operations and delivery service.
“To invest wisely to optimize and simplify resource utilization and make operations and maintenance (O&M) more efficient, operators need an effective way to measure the ‘right storage’, the ‘right management” and the “proper use” of data in the data infrastructure,” said Dr. Peter Zhou, Vice President of Huawei and President of Huawei’s Data Storage Product Line.
To address these concerns, research firm IDC and Huawei have implemented a comprehensive data storage assessment system to help operators assess data infrastructure which they will present in a new white paper titled Telco Operator. Data Storage Power Index released on the first day of Huawei Innovation Week from July 18 to 21, 2022.
The digital economy will logically lead to a digital infrastructure in the future, and storage energy will be an essential pillar of this infrastructure. This white paper focuses on five core capacity indicators for carrier data infrastructure storage power identified and ranked by Huawei: security and resilience, real-time agility, energy efficiency, intelligent management, and data innovation.
Security and Resilience: Maintain business continuity without data loss.
Real-time agility: Achieve efficient data storage and processing to meet customer experience requirements.
Energy Efficiency: Taking social responsibility for energy savings in line with the GSMA’s 2030 target to reduce emissions by 45%.
Intelligent management: gradual shift from “human-centric” information systems to “automated management” and then to “autonomous driving”.
Data Innovation: Support emerging IT services and maximize the value of data.
“IDC and Huawei are cooperating in researching and writing a white paper on data storage power indicators of telecom operators. We hope to quantitatively measure the survivability indicators of domestic and foreign telecom operators in the ‘whole process of data storage and use, and provide a reference for telecom operators to build their own data platforms.’
Thomas Zhou, vice president of IDC China, noted that the document establishes a three-layer assessment system to measure these capabilities, consisting of the carrier region layer, the data center layer, and of the storage device layer. The paper also identifies four trends in target architecture for carrier data storage that the two companies believe are currently shaping the data infrastructure of the future.
Basic services on flash storage: All-flash storage will provide fast data storage and real-time data access.
Massive distributed data: Distributed architectures will support mass data storage and distribution at lower cost.
Smart O&M: It will improve efficiency, improve data management and free up staff resources for business innovation.
Storage as a Service (STaaS): Service-oriented storage resources will leverage AI and Big Data as well as the pooling of cloud and storage resources to deliver on-demand data and content availability.
With these goals in mind, Huawei has enhanced its OneStorage strategy and data infrastructure portfolio to help telecom operators build intelligent data storage networks based on an open and scalable architecture.
Learn how operators can get the most out of data as a critical asset in the Telco Operator Data Storage Power Index white paper.
Sponsored by Huawei.