GITEX INTERVIEW: Terry He, Middle East President, Huawei Enterprise
ITP.net talks with He about the company’s plans for GITEX
What will Huawei Enterprise be focusing on at GITEX this year?
In GITEX 2015 we have a lot to offer to our visitors, Huawei will be featuring a range of its ICT innovations including its Software-Defined Agile Networks for Campus & Data Center scenarios, Agile IoT applications, Service-Driven Distributed Cloud Data Center (SD-DC2), eLTE critical communications solutions and its range of Unified Communications and Convergence technologies such as its Ultra-HD video conference products, alongside many others.
Huawei will also preview how its integrated portfolio of End to End and focused vertical industry solutions can be used to create a competitive business advantage in the fields of Public Safety, Oil & Gas, Transportation, Government, Hospitality, Education and Healthcare and Banking. Being a vendor which has a wide range of product & solution offering vertical industry solutions is becoming our clear edge in the market.
Additionally , Huawei ‘s leading global and regional experts will highlight key trends that are driving its innovative ICT solutions in the Middle East such as the Service Driven Cloud Solutions, Critical Communication Networks for Safe city, Agile Service Connections and Smart IoT solutions based on 4.5G and Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies.
Huawei will also unveil a series of new additions to its solutions portfolio as part of our Product Launches, coupled with live demonstrations and interactive case studies offering strategic guidance to governments and businesses on how to approach developing an IoT wide infrastructure. We will also sign some MoU's with of our alliances with some major industry partners.
What sort of uptake has Huawei seen of SDN technologies?
SDN adoption is still in its infancy in the region; however, it is definitely gaining more interest as network virtualization and on-demand allocation present bigger challenges for CIOs. Amongst the primary drivers for SDN adoption today is the need of businesses to support virtualization of IT applications, the ability to deliver new applications across the network, and increased speed for provisioning application workloads on the network.
Since its global rollout in 2013, Huawei's SDN ready Agile Networks (SDN ready) has been deployed by over 200 names in the fields of government, finance, healthcare, education and more. Its latest addition of the Agile Controller-which forms part of the wider Huawei Agile Network solution-enables organizations to benefit from more orchestrated, real-time connections between their services and their IT network.
What progress has been made in cloud adoption in the region?
Cloud adoption has witnessed a significant increase in interest in recent years within the Enterprise sector. There is currently a prevalence to move the sensitive applications to their own private cloud platform where the Cloud Service Brokerage will make both public and private cloud services fully transparent to the users with single sign on.
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There is an On-going debate in the industry in terms of its readiness to move an organization's entire infrastructure to the cloud, in particular, a business's core systems such as sensitive and mission critical data. Enterprises would need to ensure that their data is properly stored and protected from external theft or threats.
SaaS will be one of the fastest growth segments in the public cloud services market through 2018 as organizations increase their use of more applications across more vertical industries including; banks, government entities, education, healthcare organizations and the telecommunications sector.
Vendors like Huawei build one-stop data center solutions for enterprises and telecom operators with the capacity to integrate facilities like power and cooling, provide a storage and network infrastructure, develop a virtualized platform and deliver a complete centralized management suite.
What is Huawei doing in developing smart cities, and working with partners to make smart cities a reality?
We are blessed with the fact that Dubai has developed itself as a one of the best examples of a Smart City in the region and there is a lot we can further contribute. As His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum moves Dubai toward his vision 2020, Dubai could be one of the leading Smart Cities in the world. Our world is increasingly city-centric, and within the Middle East cities of the future will need to become more intelligent through connected infrastructure that can positively transform the way in which citizens and businesses experience their world. At Huawei, we identified the demand for smart city expertise and envisioned that we could work with regional governments to help them become better connected.
As a world's leading ICT solutions provider, Huawei has worked with governments across the region and around the world to deploy a vast range of Smart City solutions for the public sector in particular, from broadband infrastructure and communications to niche industry applications and data center technologies. These solutions are ICT-enabled to address city challenges and offer time-efficient and cost-effective systems with advanced intelligence and diversified services.
What is Huawei doing in the area of IoT?
IoT is being considered as the next big thing in ICT industry after internet, cloud and big data. We are heading towards a world where not only your mobile phone or other gadgets is connected to internet but everything from your car, watch, microwave, home utility and even your home garbage bin.
Huawei predicts that by 2025, there will be roughly 100 billion internet-connected devices in the world with 2 million new sensors deployed every hour. We expect lots of opportunities in all sectors from government, hospitality, health, public safety and more.
Therefore, Huawei can collaborate with channel partners to work on these projects and enhance the IoT performance for enterprises, government and citizens.
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We are also helping drive this market forward in a standards-based, open-ecosystem manner. Huawei is supporting adoption of standardization in 3GPP of LTE-M/C-IoT, and we are encouraging sensor developers to focus on new applications of IoT by creating innovations like Liteos-unveiled at the Huawei Network Congress in May this year. Technologies such as this will be the enabler of the next great wave of connectivity. The bottom line is that as more of these advanced IoT technologies come to fruition, more industries will begin to see direct benefits, transforming IoT from just a buzzword to reality.
We are aiming to create the right platform, ecosystem and devices that match the IoT market. Huawei has recently launched the "10KB LightOS" for further development. "LiteOS" is the "lightest" software of its kind, used to power a range of smart devices and can be utilized in every industry vertical. Huawei also enables major solution components including edge routers and wireless platforms to work with IoT devices and participate in the whole echo system of government, oil & gas sector, public safety, smart wearable's and health sectors.
When do you think the region will start to gain the benefits of smart cities and IoT?
It is important to think Smart City projects as a journey and it depends on what city leaders want to achieve - be it a more connected infrastructure with e-government citizen services or that next-level smart city experience that links to every facet of the city's infrastructure.
If we look within the UAE we are very fortunate here that we have extensive high quality, high availability networks both on fixed and mobile broadband networks. The 4G coverage in the UAE is quite extensive but we are already working with operators to develop 5G networks.
Mobile internet, big data, cloud computing and smart devices are all playing a critical role in propelling the advancement of the ICT industry. Advanced wireless networks like 4 & 5G mobile broadband (MBB) make ubiquitous connectivity possible, while cloud computing makes data sharing and integration, data mining and analysis possible. Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) helps to make cross sector collaboration possible and increases urban management and emergency efficiency.
Development of faster MBB networks will help offer solutions for city leaders to address current challenges such as public security issues, shortage of educational and medical resources, traffic congestion, high pollution costs, decreasing energy productivity efficiency and food security issues.