Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider has collaborated with Intel, the world’s leading computing innovator, to highlight the incorporation of Intel’s innovative hardware virtualization technologies into Huawei’s cloud operating system FusionSphere at the 2013 Huawei Cloud Congress (HCC 2013). The collaboration has substantially boosted FusionSphere’s reliability, compatibility and security.
FusionSphere is Huawei’s proprietary enterprise- and telco-facing cloud computing platform, which supports integration of computing, storage and network resources from different vendors on a data center. The integrated cloud platform helps customers improve IT infrastructure utilization, increase operating and management efficiency, and reduce cost on IT system management.
Intel’s Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) technology has significantly improved the memory access efficiency and performance of virtual machines running on FusionSphere. FusionSphere 3.0, the latest version of the product, received an impressive score of 4687 in the SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark of data center server performance, outscoring all competitors in the category of virtualization performance based on the same hardware environment.
FusionSphere uses Fault Tolerance (FT) technology, which is supported by the COLO solution developed in collaboration between Huawei and Intel. FT technology supports hot backup of virtual machines that use single- or multi-core CPUs, reduces overhead for active/standby synchronization and performance, and enhances reliability and fault recovery capabilities of the virtualization system.
FusionSphere has also adopted Intel’s FlexMigrate capability, which allows it to support live migration of virtual machines that use CPUs of different models from the same chip maker. In addition, Intel Virtual Machine Device Queue (VMDq)-enabled network adapters support live migration of virtual machines, and its Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) technology allows virtual machines to share a single network adapter. These technologies significantly enhance the mutual compatibility of virtual machines using different network adapters and CPU generations.
FusionSphere has incorporated Intel’s embedded security technologies into its virtual operating system and desktop applications, making the entire cloud platform visible and controllable. This level of manageability has increased end users’ trust in cloud computing services.
“Intel devotes itself to building innovative virtual hardware platforms for our partners, and together making cloud infrastructure simpler, more secure, and more efficient,” says He Jing Xiang, General Manager of Intel Asia Pacific R&D Co., Ltd. and Intel Software and Services Division. “Through persistent project implementation, testing, and verification, we hope to promote the evolution of cloud computing and application implementation. In this regard, Huawei has been a major strategic partner of Intel. Huawei FusionSphere cloud operating system incorporates cutting-edge technologies from both companies and it will continue to bring significant business value to customers.”
“Huawei has worked closely with Intel in the development of Cloud Computing,” says RenZhipeng, President of Huawei IT Cloud Computing Product Line. “Bringing the two parties’ respective advantages in software and hardware into play has greatly enriched FusionSphere in all aspects — virtualization performance has significantly improved, and its reliability, compatibility, and security have been enhanced. These improvements will allow customers to get more value out of FusionSphere. Huawei highly values its cooperation with partners and independent software vendors. We are engaged in building a healthy business ecosystem and are committed to providing customers with full-featured and high-performance solutions.”