As the foundation of cloud, 5G, big data, IoT and AI applications, data center is the basic guarantee for digitalization. Its deployment speed and quality are directly related to effective digital transformation of society and enterprises. With the booming new infrastructure and fast-growing demands of the data market, China is facing new opportunities and challenges.
Data centers have maintained a growth rate of 30% to 40% since 2010. However, the current construction cycle of a data center with 1000 cabinets is generally about 8 months, which cannot meet the rapid business growth of customers.
Fully Modular and Standardized Data Center
ZTE has been engaged in the data center industry for more than 12 years. Through continuous investment in technology, it is now in the leading position in the industry and is leading deep changes in the industry. The company has been committed to building modular and standardized data centers, advocating prefabricated production, improving delivery efficiency end-to-end, and helping customers shorten time-to-market (TTM).
In building a fully modular data center, ZTE has implemented more than 90% of the integration and installation work in the factory, relying on its technical advantages and practical experience in modularization and standardization. The 1000-cabinet data center can be implemented within 4.5 months from entry to delivery to customers, leading the industry in a 25% delivery cycle. The prefabricated full-module data centers have been widely applied in the industry.
In building a traditional data center, ZTE has shortened the period of a 1000-cabinet data center from entry to delivery to 5.5 months, relying on its reliable delivery teams, powerful digital management tools and integrated global supply chain system. Its delivery cycle leads the industry by more than 40%.
End-to-End Digital Delivery Capability
ZTE provides a full range of end-to-end data center solutions, covering the entire life cycle and full-scenario services of consultation, planning, design, delivery, and O&M management. Its rapid and efficient delivery of data centers mainly benefits from innovative practice and strict control in refined design, material procurement, progress and quality control, and on-site organization and management.
In the refined design phase, ZTE carries out on-site measurement of the original buildings, and uses the building information modeling (BIM) software for three-dimensional modeling. All the equipment and pipelines are precisely imported to achieve in-depth application of BIM software in a full scenario. The layout of integrated pipelines is optimized to completely avoid construction intersections and improve the feasibility of the design. At the same time, according to the integrated pipeline model, a building block model is generated to quickly guide the on-site delivery and installation. ZTE is the first in the industry to make standard factory prefabrication production of the integrated pipe hanger in the corridor area of a traditional data center, greatly improving process quality, reducing on-site welding difficulty and shortening delivery time.
In the material procurement phase, ZTE adopts material classification and multi-threaded configuration to improve the efficiency, identify materials on critical paths, and schedule production in advance. Through efficient supply chain management and global procurement advantages, ZTE ensures the delivery cycle and product quality of the equipment it produces or purchases, and meets the supply needs of the project.
In the face of multi-professional difficulties in the data center, ZTE applies the intelligent project management system iEPMS to digitally control the project management process. iEPMS generates progress and manpower reports every day, and gives early warnings on the progress and manpower matching problems in time, so that managers can accurately control the progress of the project. In quality management, ZTE appoints special personnel to manage quality issues and strictly implements the work-plane handover scheme and finished product protection measures. Special joint inspections are conducted on the key points involved in the project, and the problems are tracked and alarmed in time by using digital advantages.
In the construction phase, ZTE sets up a team of experts to formulate the construction plan and evaluates the manpower scheme based on years of project delivery experience and project characteristics. In the areas where cross-construction is serious, it adopts the "time sharing+segmentation+layering" mode to avoid the cross-construction and damage to finished products, which improves the construction efficiency by 30%. It also selects professional and high-quality engineers, and uses machinery instead of manpower as much as possible to ensure that its investment in manpower and machinery strictly matches the project schedule and improves efficiency.
Industrial Use Cases
So far, ZTE has more than 330 successful cases worldwide in the data center field, with accumulated experience in deploying over 1.5 million square meters and 140,000 cabinets, and has won more than 40 domestic and foreign awards. This marks the growing technical strength and brand reputation of ZTE in the field of data center design, deployment and O&M management.
In 2017, ZTE realized the practical application of indirect evaporative cooling air conditioners and the first deployment of warehouse full-module data center. In 2020, it deployed the industry's first prefabricated full-module data center on a large scale, and built the first edge data center in the Philippines.
In 2020, ZTE helped a listed large Internet company in China build a new data center. It overcame the impact of COVID-19's epidemic, and completed the refined design within 14 days, the delivery of the first batch of 500 cabinets and large machinery within 3.5 months, and the second batch of 1000 cabinets within 2.5 months. The delivery time far exceeded customer expectations.
In 2020, ZTE won the bid for a centralized procurement project for prefabricated full-module data center of an Internet company in China. Relying on its technical advantages of modularization and standardization, as well as BIM software and digital management and control platform, ZTE implemented a building-block model on site and completed the rapid deployment and delivery of 1000 cabinets within 4.5 months, leading the industry by 25%.
ZTE has won high recognition from customers and partners for its rigorous design demonstration, high-quality factory standardization and integration, and rapid and efficient construction arrangement. It built a first-class international data center in Bangladesh in 2016, which passed the dual-Tier IV certification of design and manufacturing, the highest standard of international data center construction.
In the wave of global digitaliztion, ZTE, as a driver of the digital economy, will continue to develop in the data center industry, lead the change, empower industrial high-quality growth, and help the society and enterprises achieve full digital transformation.