Huawei chief talks up plans for global public cloud network

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Huawei rotating CEO Guo Ping. Image credit: Huawei

Huawei’s chief executive has outlined its plans for practical implementation of the company’s cloud strategy, which include building its own global public cloud network.

Speaking at Huawei Connect 2017 in Shanghai, Huawei rotating CEO Guo Ping said that the company 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.

“The cloud is a cornerstone of the intelligent world,” Guo said. “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.”

Guo compared Huawei’s strategy to airline alliances such as SkyTeam, Star Alliance, and Oneworld. Huawei Cloud, he said, will open up the world to its users. Guo also touted Huawei’s cloud expertise, saying the company’s “Cloud DNA” comprises technology, security, services, and “shared success” (i.e. striking partnerships to develop an open ecosystem).

He also said Huawei’s cloud business model will focus on monetizing technology and services, not data.

Meanwhile, Zheng Yelai, president of Huawei’s Cloud business unit, took the stage to share 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 are already using Huawei Cloud and cloud services from Huawei’s partners.

Also at the event, Huawei also announced the launch of its new Enterprise Intelligence (EI) cloud services, which the company will provide with a platform of general and scenario-specific solutions.

Huawei says its 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.

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