‘Cloud’ is the fu­ture and power of busi­nesses

‘Huawei Con­nect 2017’ cap­tures at­ten­tion of high tech-savvy peo­ple

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY - By Ben Gar­cia and Agen­cies

The big­gest con­fer­ence of the year ‘HUAWEI CON­NECT 2017’ or­ga­nized by Huawei, a China based­giant global in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions technology (ICT) so­lu­tions provider, has cap­tured the at­ten­tion of in­ter­na­tional high tech­savvy peo­ple, in­clud­ing many com­pa­nies as they suc­ces­sively trum­peted sev­eral huge an­nounce­ments dur­ing three-day event. Held at the New In­ter­na­tional Expo Cen­tre in Shang­hai, the in­ter­na­tional at­tracted around 27,000 peo­ple from var­i­ous part/prov­inces of China in­clud­ing Bei­jing and from var­i­ous coun­tries around the world. Ac­cord­ing to Huawei, at­ten­dees in­cluded mainly pro­fes­sion­als, lead­ers and an­a­lysts who are all hun­gry of many tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments/ in­no­va­tions, in­clud­ing the Huawei vi­sion to build­ing one of the five global clouds to power the fu­ture of busi­ness.

With a com­mit­ment of spend­ing $500 mil­lion in the next five years to sup­port dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tions around the world, Huawei’s en­ter­prise ser­vice strat­egy is fo­cused to­wards po­si­tion­ing Huawei as an in­dus­try cloud en­abler across di­verse in­dus­tries.

“Cloud is the most needed technology for gov­ern­ments and en­ter­prises,” said ro­tat­ing CEO, Guo Ping, Huawei. “Huawei is very com­mit­ted to build­ing a cloud plat­form to sup­port cus­tomer busi­ness needs and in­no­va­tion. Our busi­ness model is not to mon­e­tize user data. We do not de­velop ap­pli­ca­tions or touch the data in our pub­lic clouds. We pro­vide tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices to help users mon­e­tize their data,” he added.

At the event, Huawei launched “Con­nec­tion+Cloud”, the dual driv­ers of its dig­i­ti­za­tion strat­egy and en­ter­prise net­work so­lu­tions for smart con­nec­tion of ev­ery­thing. The strat­egy and so­lu­tions help en­ter­prises ac­cel­er­ate their trans­for­ma­tion to the cloud by pro­vid­ing com­pre­hen­sive net­work con­nec­tions, and net­work man­age­ment that is more in­tel­li­gent in all sce­nar­ios, such as ac­cess, WAN, data cen­ter, and in­ter­con­nec­tion.

The com­pany also took the op­por­tu­nity to re­lease six new in­no­va­tions into the mar­ket, dis­cussing so­lu­tions de­signed to help en­ter­prises with dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion. They in­cluded in­no­va­tions in hard­ware, soft­ware, data, con­nec­tion, ar­chi­tec­ture, and hybrid cloud.

The ma­jor fo­cus was on the Huawei Cloud, which the com­pany de­scribed as the cor­ner­stone of the in­tel­li­gent world. Huawei be­lieves that with the de­vel­op­ment of tech­nolo­gies, so­ci­eties are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a tan­gi­ble Matthew Ef­fect when it comes to in­no­va­tion. Be­cause of this, clouds around the world will be­gin to con­verge, be­com­ing more and more cen­tral­ized. The re­sult will be a small col­lec­tion of global clouds, pow­ered by the big­gest com­pa­nies on the planet. Huawei is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing one of those clouds with a num­ber of part­ners.

“In­creas­ingly, in­no­va­tion will take place in the cloud,” said Joy Huang, Vice Pres­i­dent of Huawei’s IT Prod­uct Line. “Huawei Cloud is com­mit­ted to be­ing an en­abler of the in­tel­li­gent world, de­liv­er­ing con­tin­u­ous in­no­va­tions

Alaa El­shimy

of tech­nolo­gies and ca­pa­bil­i­ties that help cus­tomers suc­ceed in their dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion.” Huawei also re­leased the new-gen­er­a­tion in­tel­li­gent cloud hard­ware plat­form - At­las. Po­si­tioned for sce­nar­ios such as pub­lic cloud, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI), and high-per­for­mance com­put­ing (HPC), At­las rides on the ad­van­tages of key tech­nolo­gies. The suite in­cludes het­ero­ge­neous re­source pool­ing and in­tel­li­gent or­ches­tra­tion to de­liver new lev­els of hard­ware re­source uti­liza­tion and adapt more flex­i­bly to ser­vice de­mands. As the re­sult of Huawei’s Bound­less Com­put­ing strat­egy, the At­las plat­form makes Huawei well po­si­tioned to steer the in­fra­struc­ture re­source pool rev­o­lu­tion.

Huawei en­ter­prise net­work prod­ucts and so­lu­tions have been widely used in more than 100 coun­tries and re­gions around the world and are ac­cel­er­at­ing en­ter­prises’ dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion based on Smart Con­nec­tion of Ev­ery­thing. To date, 197 of the For­tune Global 500 com­pa­nies, and 45 of the top 100 en­ter­prises have cho­sen Huawei as their part­ner for dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion.

Huawei re­vealed its lat­est en­ter­prise ser­vice strat­egy de­signed to sup­port com­pa­nies un­der­go­ing cloud trans­for­ma­tion. Huawei is com­mit­ted to be­com­ing an in­dus­try cloud en­abler and a strate­gic part­ner to cus­tomers across di­verse in­dus­tries by in­vest­ing $500 mil­lion in the de­vel­op­ment of cloud-based pro­fes­sional ser­vices, a cloud plat­form and cloud ecosys­tem. This will pro­vide cus­tomers with end-to-end cloud trans­for­ma­tion ser­vice so­lu­tions en­abling them to build, use, and man­age their cloud plat­forms ef­fec­tively.

Smart ser­vices for en­ter­prise cloud trans­for­ma­tion

Sun Maolu, Pres­i­dent of Tech­ni­cal Ser­vice Depart­ment for Huawei En­ter­prise Busi­ness Group, said: “With the emer­gence of a ‘Cloud Only’ era, Huawei is adopt­ing a long term cloud trans­for­ma­tion ser­vice strat­egy to sup­port our en­ter­prise cus­tomers in their jour­ney to the cloud. Our ser­vices strat­egy cen­ters on the con­cept of ‘Grow with the Cloud’ and be­com­ing an in­dus­try cloud en­abler. More specif­i­cally, Huawei’s en­ter­prise ser­vices will fo­cus on four key ar­eas in­clud­ing cloud in­no­va­tion, cre­at­ing a dig­i­tal plat­form, sup­port­ing smart op­er­a­tions and en­abling busi­nesses.

To drive this strat­egy for­ward, Huawei will con­tinue to in­crease its in­vest­ment in the

Joe Kelly

de­vel­op­ment of ser­vice so­lu­tions and Global Ser­vice Cen­ters (GSC), as well as tools, plat­forms and ver­i­fi­ca­tion labs for pro­fes­sional ser­vices. In the next five years, we will also fo­cus on re­search and de­vel­op­ment of in­dus­try clouds, in­creas­ing our an­nual in­vest­ment by more than 50 per­cent. In ad­di­tion, to meet en­ter­prise de­mand for ICT tal­ent in the cloud era, Huawei will pro­vide a new cer­ti­fi­ca­tion scheme to train ICT ar­chi­tects, ICT de­vel­op­ers and in­dus­try-spe­cific ICT ex­perts. By 2021, it is es­ti­mated that more than 150,000 cloud and in­dus­try-spe­cific ICT pro­fes­sion­als will have been cer­ti­fied by Huawei.”

End-to-end in­dus­try cloud trans­for­ma­tion so­lu­tions

As en­ter­prises em­brace cloud trans­for­ma­tion, they will face a new set of chal­lenges across strat­egy, plan­ning, re­quire­ment anal­y­sis, busi­ness in­te­gra­tion, ap­pli­ca­tion sys­tem eval­u­a­tion, technology se­lec­tion, roadmap de­sign, de­ploy­ment, op­er­a­tions & main­te­nance (O&M) man­age­ment, and in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity.

Ac­cord­ing to Xu Jing­bin, Di­rec­tor of IT Tech­ni­cal Ser­vice Depart­ment for Huawei En­ter­prise Busi­ness Group: “With a track record of in­dus­try cloud so­lu­tion de­liv­ery, Huawei works closely with our part­ners to de­velop end-to-end in­dus­try cloud trans­for­ma­tion ser­vices that cover con­sult­ing, as­sess­ment, plan­ning and de­sign, mi­gra­tion, dis­as­ter re­cov­ery (DR), se­cu­rity, and O&M. As busi­ness con­ti­nu­ity is crit­i­cal dur­ing com­plex cloud mi­gra­tion, Huawei pro­vides a so­phis­ti­cated mi­gra­tion process with 4 stages and 17 steps, and pro­fes­sional mi­gra­tion tools de­vel­oped in-house, which have helped more than 1,000 cus­tomers mi­grate their busi­nesses to the cloud smoothly and ef­fi­ciently.”

On the side­lines, Kuwait Times also spoke to sev­eral Huawei se­nior of­fi­cials in­clud­ing Alaa El­shimy, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Huawei’s En­ter­prise Busi­ness Group in the Mid­dle East re­gion in which he ex­plained some of the in­no­va­tions/ad­vance­ments they un­veiled dur­ing the con­fer­ence. “We are happy in our sev­eral big an­nounce­ments in the con­fer­ence; we are now rec­og­nized as one of the top five big cloud play­ers glob­ally in the com­ing 3-5 years; the sec­ond one is in­cor­po­rat­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (in smart cities) in the en­ter­prise seg­ments;

Guo Ping

some of them are ap­pear­ing in ro­bots. For ex­am­ple, in the com­ing years, shop­ping trol­ley will not be pushed by hu­man shop­pers any more. The trol­ley will fol­low the shop­per in­stead. The trol­ley can be com­manded as well; and while the trol­ley is mov­ing around, it has the ca­pac­ity to stop or go when­ever hu­mans or any­thing is about to block his way. Those are just ex­am­ples of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence that will be in the mar­ket pretty soon,” El­shimy said.

He said the prod­ucts are ready but they are now in the process of fi­nal­iz­ing how and what ap­pli­ca­tions could be used for th­ese prod­ucts. “Self-driven cars are al­ready there, they are launched, it is in the test­ing process, and they are im­prov­ing it, and to im­prove, they are us­ing Huawei technology. So the ap­pli­ca­tions are be­ing stud­ied to make the prod­uct avail­able to the masses. We are work­ing with sev­eral com­pa­nies in man­u­fac­tur­ing cars so that self-driven car will be ready soon,” he added.

Asked if the technology ad­vance­ment now should be blamed for lack of jobs for peo­ple. “I don’t think so. Cen­turies ago, they in­vented elec­tric­ity and the light bulb, they said, it’s bad; now, they are the most im­por­tant in­ven­tion ever. So I be­lieved the same, this time, technology is blamed but time comes it will be un­der­stood,” he ex­plained.

El­shimy said that chal­lenges fac­ing now is the af­ford­abil­ity and pri­or­i­ties but for the com­pe­tency and man­power is­sues, the re­gion is so rich. “We should re­ally pay at­ten­tion to the technology be­ing of­fered to­day,” he said.

While the big­gest mar­ket of Huawei is still the home-coun­try China, the sec­ond big­gest mar­ket of Huawei is the Euro­pean re­gion fol­lowed by the Mid­dle East. “If we look at the other play­ers, they are not rated well and some of them are clos­ing down es­pe­cially in the SMB seg­ments. It is mainly be­cause the shift of users. Be­fore we sell and use hard­ware but nowa­days, it was com­pletely re­versed to soft­ware; we are fo­cus­ing in all; in the cloud area we have a com­plete port­fo­lio for the sec­ond year in a row. We are ahead of Ap­ple now,” he said.

Suc­cess story

Joe Kelly, Huawei Se­nior Technology Spokesper­son treated the Mid­dle East me­dia group with the suc­cess story and growth of Huawei dur­ing a visit to its head­quar­ters in Shen­zhen-China. He said the con­tin­ued rise of Huawei can be at­trib­uted to the en­tire team of com­pany’s 180,000 peo­ple who are col­lab­o­ra­tively work­ing hard to share their ex­pe­ri­ences/ex­per­tise for the com­pany’s con­tin­ued growth and suc­cess. “We in­creased our in­vest­ment in the Re­search and De­vel­op­ment depart­ment (R& D) last year to$16 bil­lion. In 2016, Huawei’s rev­enue grew by $75.1 bil­lion,” he said. The me­dia group had also the priv­i­lege of vis­it­ing the OpenLab at its head­quar­ters in Shen­zhen. Huawei launched a new, in­te­grated part­ner pro­gram that will in­clude all of the com­pany’s global so­lu­tion part­ners. To fa­cil­i­tate this, in 2017, Huawei is in­vest­ing $250 mil­lion in part­ner pro­grams, in­clud­ing $70 mil­lion in co-mar­ket­ing. The new Huawei So­lu­tion Part­ner Pro­gram in­cor­po­rates in­de­pen­dent soft­ware ven­dors, in­de­pen­dent hard­ware ven­dors, sys­tems in­te­gra­tors, and con­sult­ing part­ners.

The num­ber of Huawei OpenLabs, in­no­va­tive spa­ces in which Huawei and part­ners can col­lab­o­rate and test new so­lu­tions, has grown from five to 16. By 2020, there will be 24 OpenLabs. Ad­di­tion­ally, over 100 so­lu­tions have been re­leased by Huawei So­lu­tion Part­ners, and are now avail­able in the Huawei Mar­ket­place. The new pro­gram an­nounced will bring to­gether all so­lu­tion part­ners pre­vi­ously work­ing with Huawei in sep­a­rate pro­grams run by its En­ter­prise Busi­ness Group, Car­rier Busi­ness Group, and the Prod­ucts and So­lu­tions unit.

Huawei fol­lows a ‘pipe strat­egy’ in which the com­pany fo­cuses on the flow of data trans­mis­sion, stor­age, dis­tri­bu­tion, and dis­play. Huawei builds busi­ness-driven ICT in­fra­struc­ture; at the same time, it works with a trusted ecosys­tem of so­lu­tion part­ners who make in­no­va­tive use of the in­fra­struc­ture. To sup­port this ecosys­tem, Huawei re­mains com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing in part­ner en­able­ment, train­ing, and go-to-mar­ket suc­cess.

HUAWEI CON­NECT 2017 is all about plat­forms and ecosys­tems, fo­cus­ing on prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tion and hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence. This year’s event brings to­gether mem­bers of the vast global ICT ecosys­tem in an in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion hall over 20,000 square me­ters in area, 30 per­cent larger than last year. Over 60 spon­sors, 10 in­dus­try or­ga­ni­za­tions, and 130 joint so­lu­tion part­ners are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­hi­bi­tion, and around 1,000 part­ners have joined Huawei at the event. Ma­jor part­ners in at­ten­dance in­clude SAP, Ac­cen­ture, China soft In­ter­na­tional, HGST, In­tel, Mi­crosoft, Cen­term, and In­fosys. They will jointly show­case their lat­est progress and best prac­tices in ICT technology, and par­tic­i­pate in a broad range of ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the event, in­clud­ing key­notes, booth ex­hi­bi­tions, spon­sor events, and tech­ni­cal ses­sions.

HUAWEI CON­NECT 2017, Huawei’s flag­ship event for the global ICT in­dus­try, is held at the Shang­hai New In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre from Septem­ber 5-7. The theme is Grow with the Cloud. Huawei will be ex­plor­ing how to re­al­ize new growth through dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion to­gether with its cus­tomers and part­ners at this global plat­form for open col­lab­o­ra­tion.

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