Telecommunications equipment and systems are critical infrastructure that support communication networks and services. Telecom devices must be designed and manufactured to the highest quality standards to ensure their reliability and availability.
With over 30 years of experience in CT hardware design and manufacturing and custom development of carrier-grade software, ZTE offers servers featuring high availability and high-performance computing, powering global connectivity that covers more than 160 countries and regions and over a quarter of the world’s population.
High-Quality Servers and Storage Solutions for Differentiated Applications
Since 2005, ZTE has been developing server and storage products, focused on delivering innovation, quality and reliability. The company embraces the principle of integrating software and hardware for self-development in the IT market, offering a series of products that are independent and controllable to address customers' differentiated application needs across myriad industries.
ZTE's focus on optimal product performance is reflected in the design and specifications of its products. In terms of R&D, ZTE guarantees product reliability by design with components that comply with the rigorous standards for telecommunications component sourcing to effectively deal with extreme environments. ZTE pushes the limits of performance through product design, such as an innovative symmetrical layout of dual power modules that increase heat dissipation capacity by 30%. In addition, more than 10,000 tests are above industry standards, such as the thermal test at –60°C to 80°C and the drop test with a height 10 cm above the industry standard, eliminating potential risks during the design phase.
In terms of manufacturing, ZTE launched an intelligent production line with an annual output of 500,000 servers in 2022. AGVs become a reality in the production line, powered by 5G, big data and AI and using innovative technologies like machine vision and robotic arms to ensure a safer workplace and higher productivity.
Essentially, products run through the whole process of product design/production, testing and after-sales service with high standards. They undergo 10,000 rigorous test items before they are delivered from the factory, with all devices having undergone a 24-hour high-temperature aging test to ensure the stability and reliability of the products.
High-Performing New G5 Series
ZTE’s new G5 series, comprising the 5200 G5 high-density server, the R5300 G5 full-scenario universal server, the R5500 G5 mass storage server, the R6500 G5 heterogeneous computing power server and the R8500 G5 high-performance server, adopts the latest Intel® Xeon® fourth-generation scalable processors with up to 120 cores in 2 sockets, providing powerful computing power support.
The servers have a high-memory bandwidth design with 32 DDR5 memory slots, with the highest rate up to 4800 MT/s, and their bandwidth performance is promoted by 50%. The servers support Intel® Optane™ persistent memory 300 series (Crow Pass) with the new PCIe 5.0, improving bandwidth by 150% and providing powerful hardware acceleration capabilities.
Specifically, ZTE’s R6500 G5 heterogeneous computing power server has a built-in 10-20 heterogeneous computing intelligent acceleration engine. According to different application scenarios, it can flexibly schedule various heterogeneous computing power resources to achieve the best combination of computing power, such as CPU + GPU and CPU + GPU + DPU, to meet the requirements of various computing power scenarios, such as AI and supercomputing.
Meanwhile, the new G5-series servers can be flexibly expanded. For instance, the R5300 G5 provides a maximum of 41 2.5-inch disk positions, or twenty 3.5-inch disk positions and four 2.5-inch disk positions and provides high-speed I/O interfaces. It is designed based on hardware modularization and software platforms, which are configured as required to meet differentiated requirements in different application scenarios. In addition, the customized R5300 G5 server can be designed to meet different customer requirements and support different application scenarios.
Essentially, the new series possesses high-density computing power, flexible expansion, heterogeneous computing power, mass storage, stability and reliability, which will provide more powerful computing power designed to meet the needs of data-intensive applications such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence and high-performance computing for the development of the digital economy.
Moreover, the G5 series servers are optimized in terms of heat dissipation design, power modules, and mainboard layout. Power modules support 1+1 redundancy, and fans support N+1 redundancy to improve system reliability. The high-performance copper heat pipe heat sinks reduce the thermal resistance by 15% and the measured temperature of CPUs by 5°C, meeting the heat dissipation requirements of CPUs with the highest 350W of the EagleStream series.
Innovation Founded on Server and Storage Successes
The success of ZTE's servers in the industry is a testament to the company's commitment to quality and innovation. From 2018 to 2022, ZTE ranked first for five consecutive years in server shipment growth, according to an IDC report. In 2022, ZTE’s total shipment reached 240,000 units, ranking it eighth in the world. In 2021 and 2022, ZTE ranks No.1 in chinese telecom market, accounting for more than 30% of the total market share.
Notably, ZTE plays a critical role in supporting the development and deployment of China's 5G network as a major supplier to China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. In the last five years, ZTE has been the fastest-growing server manufacturer in China, with ZTE’s server storage widely deployed also in the internet, as well as the financial, transportation and power industries.
With its commitment to serving customers around the world, ZTE provides round-the-clock technical support services to ensure the secure and stable operation of networks and services. A management system for project delivery and after-sales services is implemented, involving an efficient project management and operation mechanism, a real-time intelligent digital system and a high-performing team.
In terms of the supply chain, ZTE works with partners to ensure a balanced, efficient, stable and sustainable supply of servers. In addition, ZTE has an advanced after-sales service system, with over 10,000 engineers providing "factory services" for all customers around the world.
As a manufacturer and user of servers, ZTE continues to explore the application of heterogeneous servers in scenarios to advance service acceleration, network acceleration and cloud acceleration.