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All-Cloud Network: Unlocking the Opportunities

By David Wang, President, Products and Solutions, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

We are entering an intelligent world where all things can sense, all things are connected, and all things are intelligent. As the creators and transformers of the intelligent society, enterprises of all sizes are actively embracing digital transformation, creating and obtaining value that revolves around data.

Early adopters of digital transformation are providing better experiences to employees, partners, and customers; fully motivating and empowering employees, quickly making agile innovations, and developing robust ecosystems. Digital enterprises, large or small, are capitalizing on data to gain new vitality, create new business models, and reach new heights of operational efficiency. Undoubtedly, data is crucial for digital enterprises to create and capture value as well as achieve operational excellence.

Digital transformation helps to comprehensively digitize the production and operations of enterprises. The key challenges facing enterprises during digital transformation lie in how to digitalize products and services, methods of communication, business models, as well as management and operation paradigms. Enterprises should first rethink how to leverage new technologies such as cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to transform traditional products and services. This means digitalizing the entire value creation process. Then, enterprises must draw on new models, including subscription-based services and targeted advertising, to change enterprises’ conventional ways of capturing value to open up new business models. Finally, enterprises are expected to digitize existing operation and management systems in order to achieve data-driven intelligent management and operational excellence.

ICT infrastructures built by enterprises must be able to obtain data from everywhere on demand, and to swiftly transmit different types of data in ways that open the data to ecosystem partners for the purpose of extracting new values and exploring new business opportunities. Therefore, Huawei believes that enterprises need to build one-stop innovative ICT infrastructure platforms that feature ‘cloud-pipe-device’ synergy. With such platforms in place, enterprises alleviate issues of data collection, data sharing, and data application to gain a decisive competitive edge in their transition.

Building new ICT infrastructures is crucial to achieving the digital transformation goals of enterprises and accelerating the shift to an intelligent society. Huawei believes that new ICT infrastructure platforms should be centered on IoT, cloud computing, Big Data and AI technologies that are built atop next-generation security technologies. The resulting platforms will help facilitate an ‘All Connected, All Cloud, All Intelligent’ landscape in which:

  • IoT functions like a ‘nervous system.’ Data from ubiquitous industrial terminals and user devices is efficiently collected, and computing distributed to the edges of the network can process the data locally, in real-time.
  • Networks are the ‘blood supply’ for transmitting and sharing data from enterprise production, office, and business processes. Cloud computing capabilities allow for intelligent, simplified management for tens of millions of connections on the cloud. Open network platforms enable flexible scheduling to meet fast-changing services and pave the way for the network-based industrial applications development and deployment necessary to generate new business values.
  • Cloud Computing, Big Data, and AI are the ‘brain.’ Cloud Computing, Big Data, and AI are the ‘brain.’ By breaking traditional architectural silos, these technologies help enterprises build highly simplified, standardized, automated, and elastic cloud data centers that quickly process massive amounts of data, conduct deep modeling, and gain precise insights. Consequently, enterprises can automate their operations and make decisions more intelligently.
  • Security is the ‘immune system’ of digital enterprises in that it helps defend against threats anytime, anywhere to reduce risks and deliver more robust business activities.
  • Digital enterprises of the future must take advantage of new ICT technologies and incorporate them into every corner of their production and operation processes. Only by doing so can enterprises take automation and intelligence in business activities to new levels.

    Huawei’s All-Cloud Network architecture focuses on data collection, sharing, and applications integration to connect and migrate data to the cloud more effectively. This architecture breaks barriers between systems and enables more convenient data sharing. Open networks allow data to be utilized by industry partners. Combined, these features unleash unlimited possibilities for maximizing business value from data transmitted over enterprise networks. Adhering to a philosophy of ‘openness, cooperation, and win-win,’ Huawei is committed to providing enterprises and industries with best-in-class All-Cloud Network solutions that help businesses accelerate digital transformation, achieve business success, and unlock unprecedented potential.

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