Guizhou promotes high-quality development of the big data industry

By Su Bin, Chen Junyi, People’s Daily

A new batch of data centers, power centers, and dispatching centers were recently built at the Guizhou Information Park of China Telecom Cloud Computing in Gui’an New Area, southwest China’s Guizhou Province.

It marked the almost completion of a new phase of a telecommunication data center in the park, which is expected to bring at least 70,000 new servers into use.

According to Wu Kaiming, general manager of the operation center of the Guizhou Information Park, the park now comprises eight data centers with a total of 200,000 server racks, and its annual output exceeds 200 million yuan ($28.14 million).

In 2014, the development of the big data industry was elevated to a provincial-level strategy in Guizhou province. Over the past nearly decade, 11 super-large data centers have been established in the province by Huawei, Tencent, China Telecom, and other tech and communication giants, and 23 key data centers have been put into use or are under construction.

As one of the eight approved national hub nodes for developing an integrated computing power network, Guizhou is accelerating the development of a national computing power and algorithm supporting base, turning data into resources and ensuring that data are well stored and utilized.

Wu told People’s Daily that Guizhou, located in the Karst mountain region, enjoys a safe and stable geological environment, where the air is always fresh and cool, with summer temperatures averaging 24 degrees Celsius. Besides, the province also boasts rich power resources and a relevantly cheaper electricity price, Wu added.

He noted that the province enjoys geographical, climate, and energy advantages compared to other regions, given that data centers are a big energy consumers.

Last July, Guizhou Province launched a campaign to build more vital clusters of data centers in the Gui’an New Area, said Hu Jianhua, an official with the Big Data Development Administration of Guizhou Province. According to the man, the Gui’an New Area is expected to boast 4 million servers as of 2025, and the total output of data centers in the area will hit 100 billion yuan.

Computing power is productivity in the era of the digital economy. Since China launched an “east data, west computing” project, Guizhou province has worked vigorously to improve the operational models and demand-supply matchmaking of computing services. 

The province now plays an essential part in the post-production rendering of more and more films.

Zhongyun is a big data service company in Guizhou that moves traditional digital production systems to the cloud via cluster and distributed computing. With its self-developed cloud service and computing platform, the company has reduced the time to render big-screen films from over 100 hours to just minutes.

“The company can utilize over 10,000 compute nodes and offer computing services for more than 10,000 enterprises and studios in film and animation production, promoting the digital and intelligent transformation of traditional cultural industries,” said an executive of the company.

In May last year, the Guizhou dispatching platform of a national integrated computing power network was officially launched. The venue, matching the supply and demand sides of computing power and enterprises in the data industry, aims at efficient cross-region, cross-industry, and cross-platform dispatching of computing power.

Recently, a computing resource zone was opened in the Global Big Data Exchange in Guiyang to nurture the data and computing power trading market. 

The computing resource zone will commercialize and standardize computing power, realize cross-regional dispatching and coordination of computing power, match the supply with the demand of computing power in a targeted manner in East China, promote in-depth integration of computing power and data, and accelerate the exploration of new business forms and models of the digital economy, said Ye Yuting, general manager of the Global Big Data Exchange in Guiyang.

Nianhua Data Technology Co., Ltd. is one of the first tech firms in Guizhou dedicated to developing software technology and services. Over recent years, the company has grasped the opportunity brought about by significant data development and launched a data development and governance platform that offers extensive data services for clients and releases the value of data.

According to the vice general manager of the company Wang Gang, the company serves clients in 10 provinces. It is expected to see revenue of 150 million yuan this year and register growth for a sixth consecutive year. Wang said.

The revenue of Guizhou’s software and information technology sector jumped 90.5 percent year-on-year in 2022, 6.5 times that in 2015, said Hu. Hu added that the province is home to more than 260 software and information technology firms above the designated size, and a featured digital industry cluster has taken shape.

According to him, 84,300 5G base stations have been built in Guizhou, and the province is building itself into a significant hub of computing services as a campaign to accelerate the transmission of computing power has kicked off.

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