Chunghwa, Intel team up on cloud computing
Preliminary results from a joint research project suggest that electricity usage at cloud computing storage centers can be cut by as much as 15 percent, Lu Shyue-ching, chairman and chief executive officer of Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd., said May 2.
Lu made the announcement at a news conference showcasing the fruits of a collaborative venture between Chunghwa, Taiwan’s largest Internet operator, and U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp.
“Our company began cooperating with Intel in October 2010. Over the past 18 months our partnership has proven fruitful, and we have made some major breakthroughs in the fields of energy conservation and data management,” Lu said.
According to the CEO, the two parties have set up a facility at a Chunghwa data center aimed at increasing processing capacity. A handful of experiments have been conducted to test the energy savings and heat dissipation capabilities of Intel’s cloud computing technology.
Chunghwa figures show that electricity usage rates at cloud computing centers can be reduced by between 5 percent and 15 percent. The technology being tested can also help to conserve energy at cloud computing centers in the case of a blackout, Lu said.
Other joint projects on data verification and greener cloud data computing centers are being carried out as well, company officials said.
Jason L. S. Chen, country manager for Intel Taiwan, also took part in the news conference, saying Intel was pleased with its partnership with Chunghwa.
“In the future we expect to forge closer ties with Taiwan’s information technology industry and to jointly pursue competitiveness in the global hardware and software service markets,” he added.
During the news conference Chunghwa also noted that it joined the Open Data Center Alliance in 2010. By becoming a Contributor Member of the ODCA, Chunghwa will be able to play a more significant role in shaping future cloud computing standards, Lu said. (HZW)