Tencent Cloud is one of the biggest China’s public cloud service providers which is leveraging its global infrastructure to provide cloud computing services with core services that include Compute, Storage and CDN, Database, Security, and some more. They provide a considerable number of cloud services in China and expanded it globally to Japan, Asia Pacific, America, and Europe. They are still growing and to do that, they need an infrastructure that can support all their needs.
What is the importance of global infrastructure?
With growing customer demand and increasing cloud computing spending all over the globe, a cloud provider like Tencent Cloud needs new internet data centers (IDC) in new regions to expand its services and better serve its clients. The new IDCs need to be tier-3 design facilities and located in prime network hub locations, providing highly-reliable and high-quality BGP integrated with major local and international network operators. As a strong testimony to Tencent Cloud’s top-notch security standard and competitive services in the global cloud computing industry, Tencent Cloud was named Frost & Sullivan’s 2020 Best Practice Competitive Strategy Leadership Award in Global Cloud Industry. It has also earned international certifications, including but not limited to ISO22301, ISO27001, ISO20000, ISO9001, Trusted Cloud Services, CSA STAR, and the Multi-Tier Cloud Security Standard (MTCS SS).
Sustainability in Tencent Cloud
Tencent Cloud selects sites rich in hydro, wind, biogas, waste-to-energy recovery, and other clean energy resources and maximizes the utilization of green energy. To achieve that, they build green data centers as part of their commitment to corporate responsibility in protecting the environment. Tencent Cloud jointly researches and develops green-credentialed equipment with supply chains, forming an ecosystem in which servers can deliver enhanced computing capabilities while using less power and energy:
- Best practices and technologies in building green data centers in the industry
- Adoption of a large-scale centralized data center campus design (with 160 MW per campus) instead of the traditional distributed style. This approach maximizes building and energy efficiency and minimizes PUE.
- The third and fourth-generation data centers of Tencent, Tencent modular data centers (TMDCs), and Tencent blocks (T-blocks) respectively, form the overwhelming majority of the data centers deployed.
- Development of AI and machine learning technologies for capacity control, PUE optimization, and proactive health management. These technologies can also automatically adjust the data center cooling systems to adapt to the environment and climate changes, to maintain high efficiency of energy utilization.
Tencent Cloud Regions and Availability Zones
A region is the physical location of an IDC. In Tencent Cloud, regions are fully isolated from each other, ensuring cross-region stability and fault tolerance. That’s why it’s recommended to choose the region closest to your end-users location to minimize access latency and improve access speed. An availability zone (AZ) is a physical IDC of Tencent Cloud with an independent power supply and network in the same region. It can ensure business stability, as failures (except for major disasters or power failures) in one AZ are isolated without affecting other AZs in the same region.
Tencent Cloud International operates 70 availability zones spread across 26 regions globally. Tencent will gradually increase the number of regions for greater node coverage. They provide more than 70 products capabilities including computing, database, and networking, satisfying all the clients’ business needs
Tencent Cloud CDN has 1,100+ cache nodes across Mainland China deployed with multiple ISPs, as well as 1,000+ cache nodes outside Mainland China in 30+ countries and regions.
- Security: Tencent’s security starts with the core infrastructure. Custom-built for the cloud and designed to meet the most stringent security requirements in the world, the infrastructure is monitored 24/7 to help ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the data.
- Performance and Scalability: The global infrastructure is built for performance and the regions offer low latency, low packet loss, and high overall network quality. The users can provide the number of resources that they actually need, knowing they can instantly scale up or down along with the needs of their business.
- Availability: Each region is fully isolated and comprised of multiple AZs, which are fully isolated partitions of the infrastructure.
- Flexibility: the Global Infrastructure gives you the flexibility of choosing how and where you want to run your workload.
Tencent is increasing its cloud-based infrastructure to offer better performance, security, reliability, and scale wherever the users are located. The content is distributed to acceleration nodes across the network and the global scheduling system accurately routes user requests to the nearest optimal node, effectively reducing access latency.