Huawei is looking to connect with the cloud leader

Many IT conferences are all about artificial intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of Things. Unlike the "Huawei Connect" in Shanghai, where the IT Group focused on its cloud solutions. The aim of the manufacturer: soon to be one of the five largest cloud providers.

Around 20,000 visitors from over 150 countries came to this year's Huawei Connect in Shanghai to learn how Huawei's cloud solutions are designed to help companies transform digitally, according to this year's "Grow with the Cloud" motto. In his keynote address, Guo Ping, CEO of Huawei, emphasized that the cloud is one of the cornerstones of the intelligent world. "There will be five major cloud platforms worldwide in the future. Together with our partners, we will build one of these five clouds, and we have both the technology and the know-how to do so. "

The goal is primarily to monetize technology and services, but not the data of the customers. "Huawei's cloud DNA is a unique combination of technology, security, service, and mutual success," continued Guo Ping.

Cloud platform as a basis for digitization

Although Huawei is known to many as a smartphone manufacturer (now among the top three), its enterprise business area is growing disproportionately fast. The next target for annual revenue was $ 200 billion, and the cloud services and associated cloud platforms should help significantly. After all, companies worldwide need easily accessible cloud platforms for their digitization strategies, mostly in the public or hybrid variant.

Huawei's customers currently include not only well-known manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Daimler, Philips, GE, ABB, Honeywell or the lift manufacturer Schindler, but also many large telecommunications carriers such as Deutsche Telekom, BT, Telefonica and Orange, as well as research institutes such as the European nuclear research company CERN in Geneva.

Huawei can only implement its ambitious expansion plans outside China with a close-knit network of partners. So the company wants to win over the next three years one hundred new partner companies with 100 million dollar annual turnover as well as 1,200 new solution partners. In addition, the cloud partners were promised investments of around 130 million euros.

The expansion is flanked by high investments in research and development. For example, the number of OpenLabs worldwide rose from 13 to 20 within one year. At the headquarters of the European Research Center in Munich, for example, solutions for manufacturing, public safety, finance and energy are being developed jointly with users.

Open Telekom Cloud in Singapore available

The Telekom subsidiary T-Systems has been one of Huawei's most important partners in Europe since 2016. One of the first customers was the nuclear research company CERN in Switzerland, which uses a cloud platform via the Open Telekom Cloud ( OTC ). There are 8,500 servers with 280-K CPUs in two data centers and 33,000 virtual machines with 4.7-K volume in use, in addition to a large number of applications, users and service levels.

As of now, the Open Telekom Cloud is also available via a data center in Singapore. As a result, companies in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) market have access to a public cloud platform with low latency and compliance with German standards.

Andreas Falkner, Vice President of Open Telekom Cloud at T-Systems, said at Huawei Connect: "With the Open Telekom Cloud, we are now offering our Europe-proven public cloud services for the dynamic Asia-Pacific economic region. The offer is particularly attractive to Asian companies interested in the European market. "

However, the offer should also appeal to German companies that have production sites in the APAC area or want to expand their business there. The OpenStack architecture of the OTC with open interfaces enables rapid integration into the existing IT landscape of companies. Another advantage is the proximity to users in the APAC region: latency is significantly reduced.