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Huawei Storage Summit 2014 Gathers Storage Technology Experts to Explore the Importance of Service-Driven Innovation

Oct 23, 2014

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Shenzhen, China, October 22, 2014 – Huawei hosted the Huawei Storage Technology Summit 2014 from October 20 to 21, 2014 in Shenzhen themed "service-driven innovation". The Summit gathered more than two hundred leading storage technology experts and academics from China and around the world. Attendees included executives from global enterprises such as Intel, IBM, SAP, Toshiba, Baidu, and China Telecom; analysts from Gartner Consulting; and representatives from Huawei’s partners. Experts on storage technology delivered insightful presentations focused on five topics including IT industry and technology trends, service-driven technology innovation, new storage system architecture and technology, next-generation storage hardware, and storage product innovation and application implementation.

Photo Caption: Storage technology experts at the Huawei Storage Summit 2014 in Shenzhen.

During the event’s key panel discussion, John Monroe, Senior Consultant of Gartner; Lu Dongming, Director of Big Data Architecture at SAP; Zhang Xiaodong and Yang Qing, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellows; and Cameron Bahar, CTO of Storage Product Line at Huawei provided insights on topics including the value of service-driven storage, trends and bottlenecks in flash technology, the challenges of new services for storage technology, and the convergence of computing and storage.

Highlights of comments from speakers at the event include:

"Focusing on service-driven innovation is a top priority for Huawei’s storage product line. The first part of our strategy is to make storage convergence our foundation, where we will integrate complex storage technology to ensure free data flow. The next step is to separate data and control layers as part of our ‘service-driven’ mindset. The final part of our strategy will include striving to better understand upper-level storage layer applications to create new policies for optimal and truly service-driven storage services,” said Cameron Bahar, CTO of Storage Product Line, Huawei.

"Storage services address business needs. Google's GFS, Bigtable, Spanner and other service systems are all examples of service-driven innovation. Baidu and Google's services are similar, but definitely not the same. At Baidu, we are committed to continuous innovation that is unique to and driven by the services provided to our users,” said Lai Chunbo, Chief Infrastructure Architect, Baidu.

“Service-drive innovation is like the water that feeds a well and the roots of a tree". Developing innovative technologies based on service requirements supports the development of software-defined storage technology, effectively increases IT service capacity, and addresses actual service needs. Service-driven innovation is not just a term, it is a practice in the implementation of IT management theory,” said Duan Yong, Director of the Cloud Computing Line, China Telecom Shanghai Research Institute.

"Innovation has no boundaries and innovative technology developed for actual service needs creates real value. Moving forward, Huawei will continue to host the Huawei Storage Summit as an open platform for discussions among storage technology experts to promote innovation and the development of the storage industry," said Fan Ruiqi, President of Storage Product Line, Huawei.