HUAWEI Technologies, one of the world’s largest telecom equipment markers, has launched a data centre project in southwestern China’s Guizhou province, responding to the company’s growing need to build facilities that store online data and support global services.
The move, announced on Wednesday, is part of a deal Huawei signed with the Guizhou provincial government last November and came as the technology juggernaut intensifies resources to compete globally.
The first phase of the new data centre is located in Guian New Area in Guizhou province. Covering 400,000 square metres, it will operate about 600,000 servers to store Huawei’s global management data.
“Guizhou province offers |an ideal climate for operating data centres,” said Ren Shulu, Huawei’s senior vice-presi-|dent. “It is also an important energy base in China, alongside its favourable data centre polices.
“Taking these advantages, we aim to build an industrial park that will serve as a global management data storage centre and training base.”
The Shenzhen-based firm said around 600 to 800 IT |service engineers would learn |to maintain the server system and would then be sent over-seas to support its global |services.
Last November, Huawei and the Guizhou provincial government signed a cooperation agreement to work on Internet of Things (IoT) technology, construction of a smart city, intelligent manufacturing, and the application of big data and cloud computing.
The company said the |cooperation may save as |much as $100 million (Bt3.3 billion) annually in electricity charges, due to the lower cost |of energy.
By rolling out a range of preferential policies, Guizhou province is becoming a big data hub.
Last month, Apple announced it would open its first China data centre in Guizhou province. Part of a $1 billion investment in the area, it will be operated by a local data management company.
James Yan, research director at Counterpoint Technology Market Research, said he was optimistic about the prospects for the centre’s future development, as it would benefit greatly from the local government’s supportive polices and big investment.