Sep 23, 2020

US approves Intel, Huawei joint launch of next-gen server

Harry Menear
2 min
Courtesy of Huawei
With the approval of US authorities, Intel and Huawei have launched the next generation FusionServer Pro V6 for high-density data centre deployment...

In a potentially bright spot for US-China economic relations, the US government has approved Intel to continue supplying certain products to Chinese tech giant Huawei.

This comes at a time when Sino-American relations are otherwise at an all time low. The Trump administration has vocally urged governments around the world to “squeeze out Huawei”, and banned multiple US firms from supplying or partnering with the firm. 

The sanctions have been so severe that Huawei is reportedly running out of the processor chips it uses to produce its devices - particularly those made by Kirin, which power its higher-end phones. “Unfortunately, in the second round of U.S. sanctions, our chip producers only accepted orders until May 15. Production will close on Sept. 15,” said Richard Yu, president of Huawei’s consumer business unit at an industry conference in August. “This year may be the last generation of Huawei Kirin high-end chips.”

However, the special dispensation from the US government for Intel to continue its relationship with Huawei may prove to be a saving grace in its hour of need. 

In tandem with the announcement - which was first reported by Reuters on Monday - Huawei and Intel have jointly launched a next generation server for high-density data centres. 


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The FusionServer Pro V6 Intelligent Server houses four 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors in a 2U space, with 48 DDR4 DIMMs and 11 PCIe slots for local storage. The server is equipped with the AI training and inference modules that can reportedly support up to 560 TFLOPS computing power on a single node.

At the launch, Kenneth Zhang, Huawei’s President of its FusionServer business unit stressed that, "Improving server performance at the system level, along with high-density data center deployment and intelligent O&M, is essential for the development of the computing industry".

The FusionServer Pro V6 is expected to power the next generation of data centres, where edge deployments and micro data centre networks are demanding increased density and power from modern server architectures and hardware. 

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Jun 18, 2021

Group Management: Superior compliance in construction

Group Management
3 min
Group Management’s Steve Cressey on a uniquely collaborative partnership with Mercury Engineering and almost 15 years of compliant construction projects

Group Management Electrical Surveys is a long-standing and vital partner to Mercury Engineering. The company offers an innovative suite of electrical inspection, test and documentation services to ensure compliance in complex major construction projects for many of the UK and EU's leading companies. Utilising in-house cutting-edge solutions and its highly competent and experienced engineers, Group Management provides everything from electrical inspection and testing to thermal imaging surveys, QA/QC management, torque compliance, technical support, DSEAR compliance and electrical installation condition reports.

“No project can achieve handover without the correct documentation and safety critical electrical certification in place,” says Managing Director Steve Cressey. “Our services ensure that project critical documentation and certification can be correctly produced in an efficient, cost effective manner, which makes Group Management an important part of any construction project.” 

Cressey joined the business in 2009, bringing strong and incisive leadership to Group Management, with decades of industry experience giving him a unique understanding of the design through to handover construction process. He has stewarded the business’ partnership with Mercury since its inception and describes it as uniquely collaborative.  

“Our relationship with Mercury Engineering stretches back many years. We partnered with Mercury  on our first Data Centre project together in Watford in 2007, and since then the relationship has gone from strength to strength,” says Cressey.

“The partnership is longstanding, and we’ve built an incredibly strong working relationship. Partnering with Mercury, who are an innovative, cutting-edge technology provider, means we must constantly improve our services offering. We strive to be the best in what we do, and Mercury can trust we will be efficient in delivering on time, on budget, to achieve a successful handover that meets both Mercury’s and the end clients’ future needs.”

Group Management has since successfully completed more than 30 Data Centre projects throughout the EU as Mercury’s preferred electrical compliance partner. The relationship has also seen Group Management partner with Mercury Engineering on four brand-new hospitals in the UK and Ireland, key pharmaceutical projects and a number of commercial and leisure spaces. 

“To ensure the continued success and growth of Group Management we always discuss projects with key clients and their teams, take feedback on the performance of both our business and our individuals, and in turn use that to improve our services,” Cressey says. 

“The professional development of our employees is essential to our success. All our employees are encouraged to continue their education, to further develop their skills through additional training, and that in turn drives better service and a superior product for our clients. We now offer four more services to Mercury than when the partnership began, which has helped spur Group Management’s growth and success within the wider market.”



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