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Expanding the Value of Cloud Computing

The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu wrote, “The highest good is like water, which is beneficial for all things, without striving for fame and gain.” To him, water was something that follows natural laws. Huawei thinks of water as a metaphor for the company’s strategic expansion; by expanding our business from communications networks (oceans) to enterprises (rivers) and devices (faucets), we aim to effectively manage the flow of massive data from oceans to rivers, and finally to faucets worldwide. Huawei’s strategy is to build pipes for a Better Connected World, to fully connect people and people, people and things, and things and things.

Today, we are expanding our cloud computing operations to include enterprise cloud services. This is a natural expansion from computing, storage, and networks to services. Huawei uses a single architecture to carry private clouds, public clouds, and hybrid clouds, and provide enterprise cloud services for multiple verticals (e.g., finance, media and entertainment, and urban and public services). We are leveraging our 20-plus years of experience in ICT innovation to focus on areas where cloud computing can create value.

The IT industry is where cloud computing technologies originated, and was the first industry to explore its value. Huawei’s adoption of cloud computing began with the desktop cloud. The greater value delivered by cloud computing comes from its capacity to act as a platform. Its applications are now expanding to traditional domains such as telecommunications, finance, government, and manufacturing, and fueling unprecedented levels of innovation.

In the future, cloud computing will no longer merely exist as a technical support system designed to meet enterprises’ ICT needs; it will become a production system that drives the creation of new business models. For example, for new genome sequencing services in the healthcare domain, cloud computing and Big Data technologies are already being used to collect data and achieve precision medicine.

The adoption of cloud computing in the consumer domain has greatly changed people’s lifestyles. However, cloud computing is also being adopted in industrial sectors, which is changing existing modes of production.

In addition to reshaping the business world, cloud computing technologies are also being adopted in public services — including government, transportation, and education — and have now grown to reach their current-level, streamlined services by eliminating information silos between large-scale applications and massive databases.

The era of large-scale cloud-based industry transformation has arrived. However, much work remains to be done. Products, solutions, and services involved in the cloud computing industry are inter-dependent. A sound ecosystem must be established for the industry to survive and thrive. In the spirit of openness, co-operation, and mutual benefits, we will adhere to our “being integrated” strategy, and work jointly with our customers and industry partners to build the cloud ecosystem.

By William Xu

Huawei Chief Strategy Marketing Officer