“New infrastructure” not only provides new impetus for the next stage of China’s economic take-off, but also brings immeasurable new opportunities to countless companies. Faced with the wider digital world, companies are beginning to think about what role they should play in it.
At the beginning of 2020, an unexpected epidemic “black swan” made the bustling Beijing Capital International Airport seem particularly deserted. However, it would be biased to make the judgment that “China’s economic and social operation has stagnated” based on this alone. In the digital world corresponding to the physical world, a large number of economic activities are in full swing.
Online education, telemedicine, fresh food e-commerce, telecommuting, cloud exhibitions… All walks of life are undergoing a great migration from offline to online. Although the flow of people on airports, high-speed railways, subways, and buses has decreased, the online traffic has increased hundreds or thousands of times. Many companies that provide online services have to expand their server capacity again and again. to cope with pressure shocks during flow peaks.
We know that economic prosperity is inseparable from the support of infrastructure. In the past, the development of China’s real economy was inseparable from the boost of “old infrastructure”; today, the development of China’s digital economy requires the help of “new infrastructure”.
“New infrastructure” not only provides new impetus for the next stage of China’s economic take-off, but also brings immeasurable new opportunities to countless companies. Faced with the wider digital world, companies are beginning to think about what role they should play in it. At the media conference held recently, QingCloud, a well-known cloud computing service provider, gave his thoughts.
Building the cornerstones of the digital world
What does infrastructure stand for? It is an important facility that has a multiplier effect and a leveraging effect on the entire national economy and can drive GDP and employment development to a large extent. The infrastructure needs to have a large enough scale and a wide enough network to connect more people and more things, make communication more frequent, and make logistics and business flow more frequent, so that the economy can be pulled up.
According to Chen Lie, product marketing director of QingCloud, “new infrastructure” is changing from “old infrastructure” to the continuous evolution from physical to virtual. We need to build new infrastructure in a virtualized world; what remains unchanged is the foundation The coverage and carrying capacity of the facility to the network and scale.
Chen Lie said: “I personally firmly believe that in 50 or 100 years, the general trend of our entire society will be virtualization. People, things and things will have corresponding agents in the virtual world, just like the figures put forward by Gartner. The concept of digital twins. Now everyone has a variety of social accounts, and more things and things in the future will also need online agents.”
So what infrastructure should virtualization be built on? The answer given by QingCloud is exactly what it is good at digitization, and 4 of the 7 major directions promoted by “new infrastructure” are concentrated in this direction.
The first direction is the big data center: when everything is virtualized, all people’s behaviors will be digitized, which will bring about an explosive growth in the amount of data. The storage, transmission and scheduling of data will require the support of data centers, and the improvement of its operational efficiency and the management of energy consumption will become new directions. QingCloud will focus on the construction of a big data center to solve problems such as storage of massive data, pre-scheduling of data transmission, and management of security policies.
The second direction is artificial intelligence: after obtaining massive amounts of data, the next question is how to deal with them? The human brain is obviously not enough, and this is where artificial intelligence comes into play. The future of artificial intelligence must be infrastructure. It is accompanied by data. With data, there will be artificial intelligence. QingCloud will continue to expand its support for AI on the cloud computing platform. Up, it supports more algorithm frameworks and operating frameworks specially optimized for AI; down, it will integrate hardware specially designed for AI in chips or designs. In his view, cloud computing should make artificial intelligence more service-oriented and truly connect computing power, algorithms and delivery.
The third direction is 5G: 5G is equivalent to building railways, highways and airports in the virtual world, ensuring that core resource data can be transmitted and dispatched at high speed. application scenarios.
The fourth direction is the Industrial Internet: Today, all aspects of our lives have been digitalized, but the level of digitalization on the production side is relatively backward. The ultimate goal of the Industrial Internet is to establish data specifications for the production side and the mechanical side of the entire world, and to achieve comprehensive digitization and onlineization.
Since everything will be done in the virtual world in the future, what can support this virtual world? QingCloud thinks that it is a big platform, or to put it another way – an integrated, huge computer that can cover all walks of life, all countries, all people, and all organisms. How to achieve? This is the essence of cloud computing. Building a unified operating system on countless distributed servers will continue to expand in the future, covering a wide area and the entire society. On this basis, QingCloud hopes to build the cornerstone of the digital world.
Last year, QingCloud proposed the generalized cloud computing concept at the CIC Cloud Computing Summit last year; this year, QingCloud made its vision a reality. After nearly a year of application and practice in various industries, on June 10, Qingyun’s QingCloudIoT platform and edge computing platform were officially released and launched, and for new infrastructure core scenarios such as smart IDC, smart buildings and smart transportation, the release focused on cloud, network, An end-to-end scenario-based solution built with an integrated edge and end architecture helps the industry to build intelligently, activate everything, and awaken intelligence.
Edge-Cloud Collaboration, Awakening Intelligence
The “new infrastructure” will further promote the digital transformation process of the society as a whole. The focus of digital construction will also shift from the Internet for people and the consumer market to a broader Internet of Things and manufacturing processes, covering all walks of life.
The QingCloud IoT platform can carry the access management of massive devices, and quickly build, deploy, and manage edge services through cloud-side collaboration. At the same time, it can be combined with various PaaS services of QingCloud to collect, process, analyze and operate the data generated by the device, and easily build IoT applications.
Compared with last year’s QingCloud IoT platform cloud-network-side-end integration delivery, this year’s upgrade of the platform lies in the continuous strengthening of the integration of cloud-network-edge-end architecture and the refinement and enrichment of functions in combination with scenarios. More importantly, QingCloud further emphasized the importance of edge computing.
When summarizing the meaning of edge computing, Wang Xiaohu, head of QingCloud IoT products, said: “In the past, when there was no edge computing, device data was directly connected to the IoT platform to provide support for upper-layer applications; now with edge computing, in addition to making edge computing close In addition to the device, it can also be used as a carrier to transfer the service capabilities of the cloud platform from the cloud to the edge side, so that cloud services can be extended to the edge.”
We know that EdgeWize is an edge computing platform independently developed by Qingyun QingCloud. Through in-depth collaboration with QingCloud’s QingCloud IoT platform, it extends Qingyun’s full-dimensional cloud service capabilities to the edge side to meet the real needs of users, providing security, reliability and simplicity. An easy-to-use, feature-rich edge computing platform that helps users quickly build and run various types of edge services. Today, QingCloud has launched a visual software-defined edge computing platform, EdgeWize will be able to be deployed on hardware nodes in the form of software, completely decoupled from hardware, and support lightweight deployment.
Why use software-defined edge computing? In QingCloud’s view, in many traditional fields, algorithms, behaviors and devices are strictly bound, which is very unfriendly to users, but software definition can well realize the decoupling of software and hardware. For example, during the epidemic prevention period, we can distribute the epidemic prevention algorithm to the edge computing device; after the social life order is restored, the epidemic prevention algorithm can be unbound from the equipment.
Edge-cloud collaboration will also spawn a wealth of application scenarios.
For example, in the field of data centers, QingCloud has joined forces with a number of partners who are deeply involved in IDC management systems to launch smart data center solutions. A unified management portal is built through the QingCloud IoT platform, which is connected to the dynamic environment management, asset management, capacity management, energy consumption management and other systems in the management and operation of IDC, as well as surveillance cameras, access control equipment, office equipment, and beacon hydroelectric equipment. Multi-type hardware terminals realize unified management of equipment, as well as standardization, standardization and unified flow of data. At the same time, through the EdgeWize edge computing platform, the linkage of various hardware devices on the edge side is realized, and by delivering and running edge services, the traditional hardware is given intelligence, changing from monitoring to sensing, realizing nearby computing, real-time response, and autonomous decision-making.
In the field of construction, QingCloud cooperates with partners to launch a smart building solution, builds a building-oriented intelligent IoT system through cloud, edge and terminal integrated solutions, and uses edge computing EdgeWize to complete the docking and integration between different device protocols, and through the IoT The networking platform conducts the unified flow of data to achieve unified standards and data fusion. At the same time, the full synergy between the cloud and the edge also makes the decision-making and linkage across systems and devices more convenient, nearby computing, real-time response, independent decision-making, and unified linkage, inject intelligence into the original solidified single device application scenario, and improve the overall Intelligent management and operation and maintenance capabilities of buildings.
In the future, QingCloud will continue to use the cloud, network, edge, and terminal integrated architecture covering a wide area to provide enterprise users with a new generation of generalized cloud infrastructure platform that is secure, agile, low-latency, and low-cost, and reconstructs the Internet of Things. The new cornerstone of the era, empowering enterprises to digitally transform and upgrade.
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