Looking back at my work this past year, most of my time was spent with the Huawei team." In terms of products and solutions, Huawei responds to customer requirements very fast and is highly efficient in terms of product optimization. After the feedback is sent to R&D, measures are quickly taken for optimization in version iteration. With personnel's cooperation, Huawei staff handles differences in opinion very well, resulting in high work efficiency. At the same time, in the cooperation process Dongfeng also acquired valuable management experience from many of Huawei's outstanding projects. We now use this knowledge in our own internal project processes. That's why we believe the benefits we reaped from cooperating with Huawei are huge.

Qi WeiDongfeng Motor Group Organization Information Department IT Planning Director

When transforming its traditional data center into cloud data center, Dongfeng Automobile works with Huawei to build its first intranet private cloud, allowing fast service response.

Dongfeng joined hands with Huawei in 2015 to set up their first internal private cloud pilot. They transitioned from traditional data centers to cloud data centers in order to meet the personalized service needs of the group's more than 300 subsidiaries.

Customer Background

Dongfeng motor group was established in 1969 and it is one of China's backbone enterprises in the car industry. The company's business is distributed in four bases: Shiyang, Xiangyang, Wuhan, and Guangzhou. They form the "based in Hubei, influencing the whole country, facing the world" business layout. Dongfeng ranked 109th in the 2015 Fortune Global 500.

Challenges

Affected by the recent macroeconomic downturn and other factors, China's manufacturing sector is generally down. Dongfeng Motors is facing a lot of pressure from slow growth and structural adjustments.

Therefore, Dongfeng Group also set their own corresponding 13th five-year plan. In terms of informatization, the group proposes to use cloud computing technology to implement an SDN data center that provides support services for the group's overall service informatization. They include:

The group controls the entire service digitization strategy through setting up the group's entire digital warehouse and carrying out Big Data analysis for all data, finally providing corresponding support services for the group's control.

In terms of the digitization of all strategic chain services, good support is provided for the development of traditional services such as production, marketing, purchasing, and finance in all of Dongfeng Motors Group's domains.

Informatization support is provided for the fast response to the changes in smart cars and network-connected cars in the middle of the Internet wave.

Solution

In terms of service transformation, Dongfeng Motors Group has constantly innovated their business model in order to promote the deep integration of vehicles and the Internet. In order to meet the individual needs of the group's more than 300 subsidiaries and migrate traditional data centers onto the cloud, Dongfeng joined hands with Huawei in 2015 and built the first internal private cloud pilot. Currently, initial results have already been achieved. They are represented in these four aspects:

  • The private cloud quickly responds to service requirements

    First of all, the group required their private cloud to be able to achieve high-performance operations, allowing services to run more smoothly, applications to be more flexible, and fast response when changes happen in terms of user numbers and service requirements The Huawei cloud data center solution provides service-centric virtual data center (VDC) service that matches the existing structure. The logical isolation of different VDCs ensures highly efficient independence of tier-2 departments. Through the efforts of the IT operations team, there are already over 10 subsidiaries that can use cloud computing services through VDC operations, further promoting the laying of a good foundation for cloud computing services.

  • Visualized automatic and integrated management platform

    For a long time data centers' operation management required investing a large amount of manpower, yet maintenance work is still not really in place. The Huawei cloud data center provides a visualized automatic and integrated management platform, greatly improving O&M efficiency and quality. At the same time, the benefits of centralized construction include increased resource utilization and simplified O&M. After the preliminary estimations, the group's overall IT costs decreased by 30%. As the work for later stages further develops, everything indicates there is hope for continuous improvement.

  • E2E security assurance

    Dongfeng Group's biggest concern is cloud security. Huawei cloud data center provides E2E security assurance from the user, network, data, and cloud platform sides, fully guaranteeing the entire architecture, enterprise data, and services themselves are secure.

  • Converged and open architecture

    Finally, Huawei FusionSphere cloud operating system is developed based on OpenStack open architecture. The entire system provides powerful virtualization functions and resource pool management, abundant cloud-based service components and tools, and open API interfaces dedicated to cloud computing and optimization. It widely supports heterogenous hypervisor and hardware device access. This complies with the converged and open architecture requirements that are so important to Dongfeng Group, achieving the protection of the existing investment and considering compatibility with future development.

Customer Benefits

Dongfeng sees that in choosing to work with Huawei they will catch Internet, intelligence enablement, Big Data, autonomous driving, and other strategic opportunities brought about by emerging industries, taking the initiative in the industrial revolution's new wave. For Huawei, cooperating with Dongfeng will help to gradually deepen Huawei's position in the IoV domain while continuing to broaden the use of Huawei products and technology in the vehicle domain.

As a leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei has a sharp understanding of the market, strong R&D advantages, wide brand influence, and comprehensive service assurance capabilities. In the IoV and smart vehicles domain, Huawei started setting ground long ago, determined to becoming a leading enterprise for IoV modules.

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