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Cloud: services at your fingertips
Cloud trends heading higher
During the past 10 years, we’ve seen a surge of interest in cloud. It follows dramatic advances in the technology infrastructure to support it, along with far more knowledge and understanding about its benefits.
For many, the prospect of not having access to the cloud is unthinkable. After all, who wouldn’t be drawn to a low-cost, on-demand, scalable and highly flexible service that drives business? Cloud is especially good for larger companies with complicated businesses, because it helps cross-border collaboration which fosters innovation while improving responsiveness and agility. It also facilitates work and internal communication among employees.
Source: World Economic Forum Report
The benefits of cloud
Accelerates the way companies create new products and services, using new business models, faster research and more extensive information sharing
Supports broader data mining and analysis to serve customers better
Lowers expenditure on software, servers, data centers etc
Enables technology to leapfrog to a new higher level, with affordable applications, tools and infrastructure
Empowers governments to provide healthcare, education and financial services were they didn’t previously exist
Reduces carbon footprint through economies of scale and less energy usage
Enterprises moving faster to cloud; larger companies to drive the momentum
Feedback from companies on how cloud improves their business:
Competitive advantage
Increased collaboration
Business agility/flexibility
Better end customer experience
Empowering the workforce/better (internal) user experience
Ability to innovate
Source: Harvard Business Review
Not surprisingly, growth in cloud uptake is strong – and it’s getting stronger. According to Gartner, the percentage of organizations using cloud is set to reach 77% in 2017, up from 58% in 2016 – by 2019, it is forecast to reach 85%.
Early adopters were smaller businesses, often ones born in the Internet era. But with their needs largely met, looking forward, it’s the medium- to large-sized companies that are the ones to watch. They will drive development, more so in public cloud as it closes the gap on private.
Public, private and hybrid clouds to coexist for long, but trend towards public
Cloud usage by enterprises generally falls into one or more of three formats: private, public and hybrid. Large companies typically use private cloud; SMEs and individuals tend to use public cloud; and hybrid is a bit of both.
As public cloud technology develops, companies will look to transition more of their operations from private to public. It will likely be a slow transition, especially for large and medium enterprises with complicated business and legacy systems. Given the complex nature of their IT infrastructure, production systems and business process, moving to public cloud is far from being a quick overnight task.
One consequence of this is that public, private and hybrid clouds will need to co-exist for a lengthy period of time. A survey of companies by Rightscale showed that 95% use cloud at present – 89% public, 72% private. The findings reflect the popularity of hybrid. Of those surveyed, 67% use hybrid, with just 5% and 22% using only using respectively private and public cloud.
In the end, however, the trend will be with public cloud. Huawei Market Insights (MI) research sees the global cloud market growing about 19% a year over the next five years, with public cloud growing at 21% and private cloud at 18%.
Public Clouds  =  89%
Private Clouds =  72%
Global Cloud Presents New Challenges to Enterprises
Cloud is a lynchpin in the global digitization process. But there are challenges and, indeed, concerns about it. The ability to navigate them is important, so having a good partner that matches your needs is essential. Major concerns from large enterprises mainly include:
Global Cloud Presents New Challenges to Enterprises
Cloud is a lynchpin in the global digitization process. But there are challenges and, indeed, concerns about it. The ability to navigate them is important, so having a good partner that matches your needs is essential. Major concerns from large enterprises mainly include:
Protection of core data assets
In the digital age, data is a core asset for any enterprise. Ownership, privacy, access, security and storage can all be a source of anxiety for company executives. The prospect of having their company data being accessed without their consent or awareness is enough to give them sleepless nights. And it’s not just that; issues such as unplanned outages and security breaches can have broader ramifications.
Cloud almost by definition doesn’t recognize borders; it’s agnostic on jurisdiction. Regulation also differs widely. The US has stricter rules for certain industries, such as healthcare, while the European Union has blanket data privacy laws covering all data. There are multiple jurisdictions and varying levels of regulatory detail that help protect data. That’s good, but it can also complicate matters and present significant challenges to businesses, making it vital to work with partners that have a deep understanding of the local regulations.
Overall security of their business on cloud
Clear standardized service level agreements (SLAs) are a tool for addressing concerns and making informed decisions. SLAs typically cover commitments to response times, service continuity, bandwidth, security and so on. That’s good, but can SLAs sustain such a high level on cloud? Do cloud vendors have the capabilities to ensure enterprises’ businesses can run safely on cloud, for example with preparedness for disaster recovery, system backups, and anti-virus technology and procedures? In addition, enterprises need to abide by a variety of laws and regulations. It is fine when they operate locally; however, after they move the business to cloud, do these regulations still stay relevant considering the complexity of cloud?
Protecting past investment and avoiding vendor lock-in
Over decades, large- and medium- sized enterprises have grown their business and accumulated data from traditional IT systems. So, during the process of adopting cloud, they understandably vacillate between the new opportunities and utilizing established systems for the simple reason that they don’t want to see previous investment go to waste. They need an open platform to ensure that data is portable and facilitates the transition from legacy systems.
In addition, to avoid putting all their eggs in one basket by being locked in to one provider, businesses are wise to also opt for a multi-cloud vendor approach. Working with multiple partners and the need to occasionally switch them in a way that’s seamless makes it important to deploy cloud on an open platform that enables data to be readily moved from one vendor to another.
Ensuring a timely response to business needs in all regions
To large-and-medium sized enterprises with complicated business and legacy systems, migration to cloud is a long journey. During this journey, they need complete on-site support with last-mile service capability at any time. For both MNCs and local companies, cloud partners with local service support is vital. For enterprises with multinational operations, it is especially important for their cloud vendors to provide them with access to that local service all around the world.
Suggestions  for finding peace of mind
IDC forecasts overall expenditure on public cloud to rise at a 21.5% through 2020 when it will hit US$203.4 billion worldwide. It’s a rate of growth almost seven times that of overall IT spending growth. Vast sums will be spent, but will it be spent wisely?
Migration to cloud is more than a technological revolution. It has significant implications on enterprises’ operational and business models. Thus, choosing the right partners is paramount. Unlike startups and small businesses that don’t have legacy pressures, large- and medium-sized enterprises need to look beyond vendors’ technology capabilities, and identify long-term partners that match their key business priorities. The right partners need to:
Understand both traditional IT systems and new business needs so as to ensure future-oriented upgrades;
Make your interests and concerns an absolute priority, and respect your data integrity and privacy;
Have the capacity and capabilities to ensure enterprises’ businesses can run safely on cloud;
Support an open structure that ensures seamless data transfers among various platforms in a way that protects earlier investments in legacy systems and helps smooth the migration to new systems;
Offer proven local capabilities and on-the-ground support to ensure fast response times every step of the way on the journey to cloud, while also providing complete cloud adoption services, including evaluation, system transfer and testing, operation maintenance etc.
Provide up-to-date industry knowledge and strong local partner networks with a deep understanding of the local lay of the land, including regulations.
Huawei builds trust with reliable, open and local service worldwide
With 20 years of experience serving medium-and-large sized companies, Huawei has built a deep understanding of enterprise business needs and has a leading competitive edge in the China market for private cloud, server, storage and networks. Among the world's Fortune 500 companies, 172 have chosen its services. Of the Fortune 100 companies, 432 are customers of Huawei.
Huawei provides cloud services to its customers, helping them to achieve real commercial benefits. Around the world, with so many different local and regional requirements for customers, there’s no single model to service all the different needs. To meet the diverse needs of its customers, Huawei provides self-support cloud as well as , joint-operation clouds and other models.including China Telecom eCloud, Deutsche Telekom Open Telecom Cloud, Orange Flexible Engine, and Telefonica Open Cloud.
When working with its partners and customers, Huawei adheres to clear business principles to ensure mutual benefit. Huawei focuses on its core strengths, only providing partners with application development platforms and data-processing tools. It will not intrude on the industry process, such as via ERP or CRM, or touch customer data without permission.
Huawei has an outstanding track-record on security. It has a number of certifications and qualifications, all of which involved vigorous examination and assessment. These include the ISO27001 Information Security Management System, TÜV Trusted Cloud Service, MIIT Trusted Cloud Service Certification and, most recently, the Open Trusted Technology Provider™ Standard and the Cloud Security Alliance® CSA C-STAR Assessment, for which Huawei achieved a gold certification in July 2017. It is among the companies with the most cloud service-related certifications in China.
From private to public cloud and from self-support to joint-operation clouds with partners, Huawei always embraces OpenStack-based open-cloud architecture to achieve interoperability between clouds.
Huawei‘s local service capabilities worldwide help companies to migrate their business smoothly onto cloud. Besides having local service teams in 170 markets, it works with more than 12,000 partners to provide consulting, delivery and migration services. Huawei has established 13 OpenLabs worldwide to make joint innovation with local partners and provide the latter with technical support and solution validation service.
By the end of June 2017, Huawei had launched a total of 65 cloud services in 10 categories. Through self-support and joint-operation clouds with partners, HuaweiIts cloud teams serves renowned enterprises in China, Europe, North America, Latin America, South Pacific and other regions of the world.
Open Telekom Cloud Empowers the European Organization for Nuclear Research
In collaboration with Huawei, Deutsche Telekom launched Open Telekom Cloud (OTC) in 2016. OTC is used by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) to meet their high performance computing needs, such as for high-energy quantum collision analysis. OTC is available on a pay-as-you-need basis, which is important for the way CERN operates. Huawei’s role is to deliver the hardware and software solutions and our flexible, quick deployment addressed CERN’s concerns about maintaining a larger technology infrastructure.
Huawei Assists China SAIC with 12315 Internet Service Platform for Consumer Surveys
In 2017, Huawei developed the “National 12315 Internet Service Platform” for China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce. The platform communicates with consumers via WeChat, Weibo or Tencent’s “mini apps”, processes requests and then responds. It ensures a unified service experience on all channels through cloud technology. Furthermore, the platform can collect and manage client data from all channels to facilitate follow-up services. In this year’s "315 Gala Show" broadcast on China Central Television in reference to global consumer rights day on March 15, the platform handled a peak volume of 210,000 viewer responses per minute.
Huawei Supports Dong Feng Motor Group on Core Production System Cloud Upgrade
Huawei designed and supplied a future-oriented hybrid cloud infrastructure to Dong Feng Motor Group in 2016. In the first phase, Huawei deployed 300 cloud hosts to operate more than 50 projects smoothly and simultaneously, achieving seamless collaboration between all departments on the cloud. The system can handle over ten thousand visitors, while reducing the company’s IT costs by about 30%. Huawei is gradually implementing a cloud transformation for Dong Feng’s core production system. In the future, artificial intelligence will play a part in helping to build a more integrated smart enterprise.
Huawei, Philips team up on cloud applications in healthcare sector
Philips China enjoys seamless data connectivity with its headquarters in the Netherlands using Huawei’s open cloud platform. A local Huawei team provided support to ensure the swift deployment of cloud, enabling Philips to rapidly develop its business in China, especially its healthcare business.
Huawei facilitates Chinasoft International IT Crowdsourcing Services platform
Huawei’s one-stop Cloud DevOps platform improves software development efficiency for universities and companies. Chinasoft International’s IT crowdsourcing services platform is an example. This platform uses Huawei’s software development cloud to manage Chinasoft’s R&D process. Today Chinasoft is achieving 100% automation in four sets of environments. This expedites its research process; integrates with Huawei seamlessly to facilitate application deployment and releases; allows team members to communicate and collaborate on cloud, dramatically improves efficiency. Since its launch, Huawei’s software development cloud has served over 30 universities, more than 300 companies and 20,000+ developers.