Cloud to dominate enterprise IT, forum hears
HUAWEI CONNECT 2016 discusses how numerous industry clouds will evolve
Huawei envisions an intelligent world emerging, powered by Cloud.
Ken Hu, Rotating CEO of Huawei, says an Intelligence revolution is underway, with ICT as its cornerstone. This is causing in enormous change whose effects have not be fully understood, Hu adds.
The tech giant made Cloud the theme of its 2016 HUAWEI CONNECT conference, an event that brought more than 20,000 ICT professionals to Shanghai.
“Cloud is about connecting industries and economies, all of which are being reshaped by this technology. Cloud is disrupting every industry and re-engineering everything around us,” says Hu.
Fibre optic networks will power this new world, through ubiquitous ultra-fast high bandwidth connections with guaranteed low latency.
Emerging technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality needs extremely low latency, and current 4G is not fast enough, Hu notes. In the gigabit era, latency will be at 1 millisecond, as opposed to current averages of around 50ms for 4G. 5G will also be required to power self-driving cars and other IoT applications.
In the intelligence era, data centres are holding vast amounts of data. “The cloud will become a digital brain in the intelligence era. We can call up for data at any time through high bandwidth connections,” Hu says.
Companies like Amazon drove the cloud 1.0 era. They introduced a cloud architecture to connect customers, making it easy for them to get into industries that legacy enterprises found challenging. These cloud pioneers awakened traditional industries, all of which are now looking to use cloud to go digital.
In the evolving Cloud 2.0 eon, virtually all industries and enterprises will move their businesses to the cloud. This will see the emergence of numerous industry clouds, based on enterprises’ own unique needs, Hu explains.
Unlike today, Hu says, enterprises will not have to make a choice between private/public cloud. Industry clouds will emerge and what will be most crucial for businesses is generating business sense in the cloud.
Huawei’s strategy is to become an enabler and driver in the intelligent world-through customer centrism, while contributing to the cloud ecosystem, says Hu. “Customer-centricity has become the centre of all we do,” says Hu. “No one size fits all and customer-centricity means having to learn from customers. At Huawei, we try to develop innovative cloud tech that meets the needs of customers.”
Huawei is also deliberately focused on open source technology. In the cloud era, Hu says, customers will need partners who can build ecosystems and collaborations with them. “The ecosystem is one of the most important factors for cloud technology. Thousands of customers are building thousands of clouds. We are working with partners to create a synergy and help customers on an open platform,” says Hu.
Hu says Huawei is dedicated to the Device-Pipe-Cloud strategy. The three-pronged strategy is designed to provide comprehensive solutions to telecommunications carriers, enterprises and customers.
Rather than competition, Hu foresees increased opportunities. “The future will witness thousands of clouds, availing limitless opportunities for vendors. The challenges then would not be too much competition, it will be a lack of organisations with the right technologies and capabilities,” says Hu.
Huawei has already signed up major customers for cloud infrastructure and solutions. Deutsche Telekom teamed up with Huawei to launch Open Telekom Cloud earlier this year. The new public cloud platform is designed to provide European enterprises with on-demand, pay-as-you-go, secure cloud services. Huawei was selected as the hardware and software solution provider for Open Telekom Cloud.