Chinese giants ZTE Corp. and Tencent Holdings have launched a modular, containerized data center they developed together, claiming the design has market-leading energy efficiency.
The facility, called Tencent West Lab, will provide customers data center capacity in standard blocks, which can be mobile if a customer desires, according to reports. It uses indirect evaporative free cooling, photovoltaic panels, and high-voltage DC power distribution to save energy.
ZTE is one of China’s largest smartphone manufacturers and network carriers, while Tencent is a holding company that owns numerous internet and media businesses. Both companies have been expanding into data center and cloud services markets, according to The Nikkei.
Tencent has been a partner to IBM, providing its SoftLayer cloud services in China, since 2014. Last year, the company was one of the Chinese internet giants shopping for data center space in Silicon Valley, sources told Data Center Knowledge.