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Inspur uses L11 rack level integration to deploy 10,000 nodes in 8 hours

2019-01-16

Inspurrecentlydelivereda shipmentofrack scale servers of more than 10,000 nodestotheBaidu BeijingShunyidatacenterwithin 8 hours, the equivalent of one server delivered every2.88 seconds. The delivery sets a new record for server delivery in the industry, and has taken Inspur’s rack scale delivery capacity to 30,000 nodesperday.

Speediskeyfor internet service providers

The Baidu data center in question was built in 2018in Shunyi, Beijing, with the capacity to host hundreds of thousands of servers. The centersupportsBaidu’sfast-growing emerging services,including Baidu Cloud and AI. In 2018, the number of Baidu Cloud’s users and partners increased by 3 times, traffic by 5 times, and revenues by 4 times. For internetservice providers,business growth is rapid and unpredictable. Unexpected surges in access traffic occurs frequently,requiringinternet companies, especially Tier1s,toimprove the scalability of their infrastructure,byadoptingtechnologieslikecloud computingandimprovingbusinessprocesses to strengthen thesupply chain and increase deployment efficiency in the data center.

Rack scale deploymentboostsdelivery efficiency by 20 times

Inspur is one of Baidu’skey data center infrustractureproviders. The two partiesachieved a new record forserver deployment speed as a result of continuous innovation acrosstechnical and business modelsoverdecades.As early as2012, Inspur and Baidu wereusing rack scale deployment of 10-40 nodeincrementsinstead of asingle node. 

Meanwhile,the delivery and deployment model Inspur adopted for Baidu’s data center was upgraded to L11 (Rack Level Integration), increasing delivery efficiency over 20 times. Moreover, formerly on-site deployment processes including assembly, debugging, and strong and weak power cabling of the rack were completed during manufacturing, further simplifying on-site deployment.

Agile supply chain accelerates order response

Rapid delivery relies on agile and efficient supply chain management in addition to technical innovation. Inspur is continuously upgrading business processes, including production, transportation and qualification. For example, to address the logistical challenges of transporting a 2.1 meter tall, 1.2 ton rack without incurring damage, Inspur leveraged IoT and mobile technology to develop a route spectrum test to assess each freight line in advance, with intelligent terminals on each product to monitor transport conditions in real time.

Throughout the years, Inspur has established an agile supply chain system that uses intelligent manufacturingto enable large-scale customized productionandshorten the serverdelivery cycle. Learn more about Inspur’s intelligent manufacturing here: https://www.inspursystems.com/intelligent-manufacturing

JDM: a unique model to serve Internet companies

Internet companies are known for their speed, which forms the basisfortheir demandsfromdata center infrustructure providers.  They not only seek high efficiency, but also requirethe seamless and rapid integration of custom demands.To serve these enterprises, Inspur made product technology innovation and business chain agility the core of its business strategy. In working with CSPs, Inspur exploredvariousoperatingmodels that are more suitable for today’sintelligent computing era, leading to the inception of itsJoint Design Manufacturing (JDM)methodology. JDM is anagile business model based around deep collaboration between Inspur and the client throughout the product life cycle – demand, R&D, procurement, quality control, production, delivery, and service – to enable the fastest product turnaround and greatest compliance to users’ personalized demands.

Inspur's vast experience in serving CSPs and deep understanding of customer application scenarios areaugmented by a willingness to share technology innovationsand co-designcustomized solutions through JDM to identify and meet precise customer needs.Inspur’s new product developmentcycle from R&D to manufacturing takes9 months,and upon the customer’s request, the prototype can be delivered in 3 months. Based on that, in 2018, Inspur and Baidu established a rolling forecast mechanism to improve supply chain operation and management with balanced supply and demand,  significantly shortening the overall arrival cycle.

About Inspur

Inspur is a leading global data center and cloud computing solutions provider, ranked amongthe world’s top 3 server vendorsaccording to Gartner and IDC.Inspurdelivers and deploys robust, performance-optimized, purpose-built solutions to major data centers around the globe to address important emerging fields and applications. Learn more about Inspuratwww.inspursystems.com.

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