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September 9, 2013

Huawei, CCTV Partner to Dev on High Density ‘Big Data’ Storage

Isaac Lopez

Chinese company, Huawei Technologies, will not be sitting on the sidelines as the world rolls out solutions aimed at supporting the big data technology trend. According to a report this morning, the company is partnering on a media storage device with energy efficiency aims that may turn heads.

According to China Tech News, Huawei is partnering with China Central Television (CCTV) to jointly develop an energy-saving high-density media resource storage system. According to the report, the system aims to provide large capacity and high performance storage, improve media resource access and management efficiency, all while saving energy by 60%- 80%.

The finer details of the system are not yet released, but the move demonstrates the momentum of the technology trend in a place where big data could prove to be big business. China’s 1.3 billion people represent a huge data playground for companies in the region and those that can service them with the tools and technologies needed to capitalize on the trend.

A report earlier this year said that China’s government has signaled its intention to aid domestic enterprises make the leap towards big data technologies through a five year plan aimed at reinventing China’s technology face. Businesses within the region have started to react, with some of China’s most prolific companies restructuring themselves to meet the demands of the future.

However, the tech transformation that China is in the process of doesn’t come without its fair share of challenges – energy consumption being a chief issue. For a country that is working on the installation of industrial “cloud cities,” efficient bandwidth, storage, and energy consumption are all significant hurdles – a fact that Huawei seems poised to capitalize on.

While China makes its move, there is a healthy amount of skepticism on whether they have enough energy capacity to power its overall technology vision. It will be interesting to see if companies like Huawei (as well as the major global vendors such as IBM and HP who are playing in this market) can help close that gap while still providing the capacity to capitalize on the rising technology trends.

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