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Huawei’s cloud vison unfolds as it hosts annual showcase

Company reveals strategy to build one of its predicted five major world clouds at HUAWEI CONNECT 2017

Huawei will build a global cloud network based on its own public clouds, as well as clouds that it has built together with partners, Guo said.
Huawei will build a global cloud network based on its own public clouds, as well as clouds that it has built together with partners, Guo said.

Huawei's business model for the cloud is to monetise technology and services, not data, asserts Guo Ping, Huawei's Rotating CEO.

This contrasts Huawei with other tech giants who have identified data as a lucrative revenue model, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who are looking to milk this new resource.

Guo was speaking at HUAWEI CONNECT 2017 in Shanghai, Huawei's annual showcase where the company is sharing its vision to build one of the five major world clouds it predicts will be created in the future.

The theme of this year's event is ‘Grow with the Cloud', focusing on the practical implementation of Huawei's cloud strategy, first unveiled at last year's event. Topics under this theme include business, technology, and ecosystem strategies in the cloud era.

In his keynote entitled Grow with the Cloud: Enabling an Intelligent World, Guo identified cloud as a cornerstone of the intelligent world. "Society is experiencing a tangible Matthew effect in digital technology development. Because of this, as well as economies of scale in investment, clouds around the world will begin to converge - becoming more and more centralized. In the future, we predict there will be five major clouds in the world. Huawei will work with our partners to build one of those five clouds, and we've got the technology and know-how to do it."

In his speech, Guo Ping assured customers and partners that Huawei has made strategic investments in the public cloud domain, and will provide long-term public cloud services. The company will build a global cloud network based on its own public clouds, as well as clouds that it has built together with partners, he said.

Huawei ‘Cloud DNA'

Building on 30 years of R&D experience, Huawei is investing significantly in cloud platforms, while working to develop new capabilities in fields like big data and artificial intelligence.  

The second element of Huawei's Cloud DNA is security. Huawei offers end-to-end security solutions - from chipsets to services - that seek to address the challenges of cloud security. Huawei's comprehensive approach ensure a level of security not possible with independent IT systems.

The third element is service. Unlike companies that were born in the cloud, Huawei grew with the cloud. The company's own IT architecture is extremely complex, so it can leverage its own experience towards the needs and challenges of large global companies, and is well positioned to help governments and large enterprises go digital.

Shared success is the final element of Huawei's Cloud DNA. At last year's event, Huawei laid out its vision to help cultivate a thriving and diverse ecosystem. At the time, Guo proclaimed that Huawei has its sights set on only 1% of that ecosystem. For the remaining 99%, Huawei will work with its partners to bring their products to 172 countries and regions, achieving business success together.

Guo wrapped up his keynote with details on Huawei's hybrid cloud solutions that specifically target the needs of governments and enterprises, including a diverse array of success stories from around the world. Architecturally speaking, Huawei Cloud builds on the company's experience in devices, networks, clouds, and other digital domains, and can achieve synergy between devices and the cloud. Moving forward, Huawei wants to continue leveraging the strengths of its global platform to build an open ecosystem that thrives on shared success.

Building a cloud network with global coverage

Zheng Yelai, president of Huawei's Cloud BU, also presented on the first day of the event, sharing his team's progress on Huawei Cloud. He shared case studies from 12 automobile companies (including Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz), Philips, the Commercial and Industrial Bank of China (ICBC), and several government service platforms that have chosen to use Huawei Cloud and the cloud services from Huawei's partners.

Zheng Yelai said, "Our people have an in-depth understanding of our customers' business scenarios, whether they're working in R&D, marketing, or sales. We keep a close eye on the needs of our customers, and innovate accordingly. We've developed Huawei Cloud to help enterprises go digital more smoothly, and help ensure the success of more companies who are willing to innovate."

Huawei also announced the launch of its new Enterprise Intelligence cloud services, which the company will provide with a platform of general and scenario-specific solutions. This combination of Huawei Cloud and EI makes Huawei Cloud more intelligent, and will help create greater industry value with new advancements in technology.

Huawei's public clouds and private clouds have a unified architecture, support smooth evolution, and deliver a consistent experience. Companies can efficiently and freely deploy their services on public or private cloud platforms, which readily support service migration and expansion. To prevent vendor lock-in, Huawei offers hybrid cloud solutions that enable integration with third-party public cloud platforms, including those from Amazon and Microsoft.

Huawei has worked with its partners to build a cloud network that has global coverage, providing complete solutions that help Chinese companies go global, and that also help companies outside China enter the Chinese market.

At the event, Huawei will also launch flagship solutions in hardware, software, data, connections, and architecture to help further enable the digital agenda of customers across nine different sectors, including government and public utilities, finance, telecom, energy, transformation, and manufacturing.

To expose its ICT capabilities to developer partners, Huawei will also launch its new software development cloud, DevCloud 2.0. As an R&D cloud platform that integrates Huawei's 30 years of experience in R&D, including its R&D concepts, and tools, DevCloud 2.0 will expose over 3,000 of Huawei's ICT capabilities through public APIs, and open the doors to 20 local OpenLabs around the world to developers. The end goal is to make software development simple and more efficient, helping developer partners innovate and successfully monetise new services.