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Smaller cloud computing center invented in Shanghai

A new container-sized, cloud computing center that can cut power consumption by 40 percent and be adapted in a shorter period has been invented in Shanghai, a government-invested firm said today.

Cloud computing, widely used by firms such as Google and Apple, is Internet-based computing in which shared servers provide resources, software and information to computers and other devices when needed, covering IT, education, health care and business management sectors, experts said.

Shanghai is one of five cities selected to develop the cloud computing industry under a national policy.

"It's a made-in-Shanghai cloud computing center in a container," said Wu Siquan, vice president of @Hub, an IT service firm invested by Shanghai government.

At present, most cloud computing centers are huge and require lots of power.

With the new technologies, @Hub has invented two kinds of cloud computing centers - one with 5,000 CPUs (central processing unit) and 6.09 meters in length and another with 12,000 CPUs measuring 12.18 meters in length. Each can be operated in a modified container.

The new center can save power consumption by 40 percent. Meanwhile, the adaption period for the new container-based cloud computing center is about half a month, compared with two years in a traditional model.


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