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Two Sessions Members Discuss Expediting Construction of 10 Data Center Clusters in China
Li Na | Liao Shumin
DATE:  Mar 08 2022
/ SOURCE:  Yicai
Two Sessions Members Discuss Expediting Construction of 10 Data Center Clusters in China Two Sessions Members Discuss Expediting Construction of 10 Data Center Clusters in China

(Yicai Global) March 8 -- China should accelerate the establishment of 10 national data center clusters, according to Lin Nianxiu, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planning agency.

Lin was speaking yesterday during the ongoing Two Sessions, China’s key annual policy-setting gatherings, where how to advance the implementation of the project has become a hot topic among participants.

In February, several agencies and ministries, including the NDRC, jointly issued a document agreeing to start building national computing hubs in eight regions, including in the provinces of Guizhou and Gansu and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and planned 10 national data center clusters.

That signaled the official launch of China’s project to transfer computing resources from the east to the west of the country, aiming to build a new network integrating data centers, cloud computing, and big data, as well as optimize the arrangement of data hubs.

The centers will send data gathered from China’s eastern regions to its western regions, enabling the latter to use their resources to better support the former’s data computing needs.

Productive Force

Yang Jie, deputy to the National People’s Congress, the national legislature, and chairman of China Mobile, believes that computing is another kind of key productive force after heat and electricity, and has become an important indicator of a country’s digital economy.

Accelerating overall computing competence is of great significance in strengthening the country’s comprehensive strength and building a new national competitive advantage, he said.

Yang Jianyu, also a member of the NPC and general manager of China Mobile’s operations in Henan province, suggested optimizing the network structure of the project and increasing the national computing hubs in the central parts of the country.

He said that setting up national computing hubs in central China can greatly satisfy the area’s demand for data in the high-frequency real-time interactive business, including industrial internet, financial securities, early disaster warning, remote healthcare, and unmanned vehicles.

Moreover, information technology can drive the digital transformation of local traditional pillar industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, and services, Yang noted.

Eastern Concentration

Data centers are currently mainly located in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong province, where network nodes are concentrated, due to their strong dependence on the network, according to a recent report by Vanho Securities. But power supply in the eastern regions is tight and costly.

For their part, the western regions have the disadvantage of small network bandwidth and high cross-provincial data transmission fees. So the east-to-west transfer project promotes an orderly shift of computing resources with the aim of reconfiguring China’s network layout.

Editor: Peter Thomas

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Keywords:   National-Data Center Clusters,National Computing Hubs,East-to-West Computing Resource Transfer Program