Huawei has launched its All-Cloud strategy the Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2016, as a means to capitalize on digital capitalization trends. The new strategy builds on the ROADS experience model – Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY, and Social – which was launched at the same event 12 months ago. The All-Cloud proposition is built on a data centre-centric architecture, with all network functions, services and applications will run in the cloud data centre. Within the company’s carrier business, the team plan of developing cloud-based IoT, video services, and service platforms, to win new business, but will also promote the cloudification of operations systems.
In the enterprise unit, cloud computing, SDN, and big data technologies will form the central pillars of marketing messages. On the company’s blog it highlighted that the transformation will take place over three stages. Jamie DaviesJamie is the Deputy Editor of BCN, having moved over from producing conferences covering the cloud and virtualization sectors for our parent company Informa. Huawei has released financials for the first half of 2016 demonstrating a 40% revenue boost to $37 billion, partly owing to a healthy performance in the consumer business unit. Huawei and SAP have announced the general availability of the SAP HANA platform on Huawei’s OpenStack cloud platform FusionSphere 5.1. Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group (EPG) has reported healthy growth over the last 12 months generating $4.5 billion over the period, an increase of 44% year-on-year. Deutsche Telekom has launched Open Telekom Cloud, a new public cloud platform with Huawei as the hardware and software solution provider.
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Tech giant Microsoft has launched a number of updates and features for both its Azure and Office platforms, in a move to bolster its position in the intelligent apps and IoT space. Speaking at Build 2016, the company launched the general availability of Azure Service Fabric and new IoT starter kits, as well as previews of new services to serverless compute for event-driven solutions, Azure Functions, and Power BI Embedded, which allows developers to embed reports and visualizations in any application.
The launch of Azure Service Fabric will allow developers to decompose applications into microservices, for increased availability and scalability.
The company also highlighted its IoT starter kit would be available for anyone with Windows or Linux experience to build prototypes which use all of Azure’s offerings. For the more complex IoT projects, the company has also previewed Azure Functions which will enable developers to create apps which will automatically respond to events in virtually any Azure or 3rd party service as well as on-premises systems.
Outside of the Azure platform, the company also announced a number of product updates and features for Office. Alongside Lu, Starbucks CTO Gerri Martin-Flickinger showcased how he has been using the platform to create an add-on which enables customers to send a gift-card through Outlook, and also schedule meetings at the nearest Starbucks. As part of the announcement, Microsoft previewed six new APIs for the Microsoft Graph which let developers link Office 365 data to third-party solutions. Virtual reality may well have been capturing the imagination of the industry in recent months, but Intel’s $400 million of AI start-up Nervana highlights it’s not all fun and games. Research firm IDC says shipments of the Apple Watch have dropped by 55% resulting in the first year-on-year quarterly shipment decline for the smart watch sector. Intel has reported 3% growth, including a 5% boost in its data centre business, though the client computing unit continues its slow decline. Red Hat demonstrated healthy growth in its quarterly earnings, with CEO James Whitehurst attributing the success to the growing hybrid cloud market. The company reported Q4 revenues at $544 million and total revenues for the year at $2.05 billion, both an increase of 21% on the previous year (constant currency).
While public cloud has been dominating the headlines in recent weeks, the Red Hat team remain positive that the hybrid cloud market will ultimately deliver on expectations. Although it is unsurprising that Red Hat strongly backs the hybrid cloud model, security and data protection concerns in the industry add weight to the position. Over the last 12 months, Ret Hat has also confirmed a number of partnerships with major players in the public cloud space to increase its footprint. Despite increased competition in the market over recent years, Ret Hat has proved to be effective at holding onto customers. NTT Communications has announced the deployment of managed private cloud solutions to HPE and NTT customers in the US in a play for the IaaS market. Red Hat has confirmed it has entered into a definitive agreement to 3scale, a provider of API management technology. While a substantial 89% of the respondents highlighted their organization was in the middle of a digital transformation project, 76% agree security is brought into the equation too late in the development process, with 85% saying they actively avoid bringing security experts in due to the belief they will slow or even scupper the project.
Security has been one of the biggest talking points within the telecommunications and technology industry, generally due to a lack of understanding.
Security is, and will continue to be, a paramount facet of any organization, though the implications which can be drawn from this survey suggest there is still some way before organizations would consider themselves secure.
EMC has recently released its Global Data Protection Index 2016 where it claims only 2% of the world would be considered ‘leaders’ in protecting their own assets, but what did we learn from the report? Citrix has announced its intent to acquire cloud security company CloudLock in a $293 million deal which is expected to close in Q1 2017. Singapore has continued its drive towards becoming the worlds’ smartest nation by announcing trials for a Tropical Data Centre (TDC), which could potentially reduce energy consumption in data centres by up to 40%. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the government body responsible for the development and growth of the infocomm sector, will conduct the PoC with the aim of creating a data centre which can operate in up to 38 degrees Celsius, and humidity levels of up to 90%.
The trial is part of the IDA’s Green Data Centre Programme which was launched in 2014 and aims to create a more energy efficient data centre, as well as guidelines for more sustainable computing, through the implementation of emerging technologies. The IDA has run a number of initiatives over recent years in its quest for Singapore to be named as the world’s first ‘Smart Nation’.
Singapore is one of the most densely populated nations in the world, with nearly 8,000 people per square kilometre, with these number expected to rise. Equinix has announced the sale of eight data centres across Europe to Digital Realty Trust for approximately $874 million. While the business world has traditionally favoured the biggest and the richest, cloud as a technology is seen as the great equalizer. This, according to Salesforce’s Sanj Bhayro, is one of the most exciting trends we’re now witnessing in business throughout the world. The fail-fast business model is one which has captured the imagination of numerous enterprise organizations around the world.
But this in itself is one of the ways in which the smaller, more agile organizations are innovating and catching enterprise scale businesses. Outside of the SMB team, Salesforce engineers have been prioritizing the use of artificial intelligence for future product launches and updates.


For the most part, data analytics is starting to drip down into smaller organizations, though there is still a substantial amount of data which is not being utilized. The UK government has made numerous schemes available to SMBs to encourage the growth of this subsector in recent years, and Bhayro believes these efforts have been playing off in the international markets.
Facebook has reported healthy growth in advertising revenues over the last quarter, and also outlined its ambitions to take on Twitter and traditional search engines. Google has continued its charge on the artificial intelligence market through purchasing French image recognition startup Moodstocks.
Microsoft and Rolls Royce have announced a new collaboration to bring the next generation of intelligent engines to the aviation industry. Rolls-Royce will integrate Microsoft Azure IoT Suite and Cortana Intelligence Suite into its service solutions to expand its digital capabilities, particularly around its Totalcare service offering, which aims to improve the lifespan of its assets for customers.
At the Hannover Messe event in Germany, both Microsoft and Rolls Royce will demonstrate the new capabilities, including using the Azure IoT Suite to collect and aggregate data from disparate, geographically distributed sources and Cortana Intelligence Suite to analyse the data itself. Microsoft also announced at the event it has been working with the OPC Foundation to ensure industry IoT scenarios is compliant within OPC Unified Architecture (UA) standard.
Microsoft’s support for the standard covers its entire IoT portfolio including local connectivity with Windows devices to cloud connectivity via the Microsoft Azure platform.
Speaking during its Q1 earnings call in April, Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky highlighted there was a very realistic chance the AWS business would exceed $10 billion in annual revenues, becoming the first cloud infrastructure company to do so.
With new data centres popping up all over the world to meet the demand of the burgeoning cloud computing sector, AWS is keeping trend, opening up in Mumbai last month, as planning nine new availability zones within the next 12 months. One area of growth which could have a more short-term impact is the new FedRAMP High compliance certification, which will allow government agencies the ability to use the AWS Cloud for highly sensitive applications and workloads like patient records, financial data, and law enforcement data.
Google has confirmed the acquisition of cloud commerce platform Orbitera, marking an alternative strategy to its main cloud rivals AWS and Microsoft. Google has reported its Q2 numbers, continuing a strong run of performances within the technology industry, though efforts to diversify its overall business are not paying off just yet. Dropbox has announced that it will no longer be utilizing Amazon Web Service’s cloud infrastructure, favouring its own in-house solution. The project, named “Magic Pocket” has been in the works for over two and a half years, and will store and serve over 90% of users’ data on the company’s own custom-built infrastructure.
The company has witnessed healthy growth over recent years, recently passing the milestone of 500 million users and 500 petabytes of user data, prompting the in-house move. The move highlights the transition through to private cloud as a business benefit once enterprise reaches a certain level. While the move does result in AWS losing a substantial amount of business, it is not the end of the relationship. AWS has continued its promising progress towards breaking the $10 billion barrier, after reporting revenues of $5.4 billion for the first six months of 2016, a boost of 60% from the same period last year. Microsoft has reported 5% growth to $22.6 billion as the Intelligent Cloud business unit led the charge, with the Azure public cloud offering more than doubling in revenues and compute usage. Facebook has seemingly positioned artificial intelligence as one of the catalysts for innovation for the company over the next 10 years.
Outlining its technology roadmap for the next 10 years, the company highlighted artificial intelligence, as well as virtual and augmented reality, as technologies to drive new features and user experience. The company has been making efforts in recent months to bolster its position in the artificial intelligence space. On the company blog, Joaquin Quinonero Candela, Director of Applied Machine Learning at Facebook outlined a number of use cases which are a reality today. The company has already applied an AI-based automatic translation system, claiming that an off-the-shelf translation program would not be adequate as they trained on a general corpus like appliance manuals.
In terms of pictures, Facebook claim its AI can understand the content of the image at a pixel level to make classification and searching of image simpler. While the ROADS framework focuses on delivering improved user experience, All-Cloud centres on network modernization and aims to enable digital transformation within enterprise. The company has claimed that through a unified and open architecture, it will be able to meet customers’ needs for business transformation on all cloud platforms, public, private, industry, and hybrid.
The company has seemingly prioritized digital transformation as a means for enterprise to transform towards agile and smart operations. Jamie brings with him a strong understanding of the current trends affecting the enterprise IT world as well as an insight into what makes its companies tick and a fresh take on how to communicate all this to the outside world.
The company claims the offering will handle application lifecycle management for constant uptime and easy application scaling, and builds on the growing popularity of microservices in the industry and is accompanied by the promise of open-source programming frameworks for Linux later in the year. Prices for the kit range between $60 and $150, which could potentially open up a new market of students, academics and casual users for the company. The preview is part of the greater trend of automated responses and reactions to events, and appears to be Microsoft’s response to AWS Lambda, which was launched in late 2014. One of which automatically identifies a series of times a predefined group of people are available for a meeting.
It now claims to be the only open-source company to have breached the $2 billion milestone. We firmly believe that it will be a hybrid cloud world, where applications will run across four – all four footprints; physical, virtual, public cloud, and private cloud.
Despite progress made in the delivery and management of public cloud platforms, recent research has shown that enterprise decision makers are still concerned about the level of security offered in public cloud, but also where the data will reside geographically. Last year, a partnership was announced with Microsoft where it became a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider, enabling customers to run their Red Hat Enterprise Linux applications and workloads on Microsoft Azure.
The largest 25 contracts that where up for renewal in the last quarter were all renewed and the new deals were 25% higher in the aggregate. Until recently, security challenges would appear to have been pushed to the side as there have not been any clear routes to success. While numerous CEO’s and board members have highlighted security would be considered at the top of the agenda, surveys such as this tell a different story, much to the disappointment of security professionals and vendors alike.
One encourage factor from the survey is 91% of respondents agreed if the security team was given more resources they could do a better job. Data centres are generally cooled to temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius, and operate efficiently in humidity of between 50-60%. Partners of the programme include Dell, ERS, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei, Intel, Keppel Data Centres, The Green Grid, and Nanyang Technological University. The country already received an impressive number of accolades including world’s fastest broadband nation by Ookla and the top and fastest-changing digital economy, according to Tufts University.
This is having a substantial impact on the emission levels, traffic, mobility, employment and energy demands on the city state.
Through a transition through to the cloud, SMBs are being empowered to take on the nemesis of enterprise business, with the number of wins growing year-on-year.


Bhayro currently leads the EMEA SMB business at Salesforce and for almost 11 years has been part of the team which has seen the power of intelligent CRM systems grow backroom businesses to industry giants.
For the most part, the IT department is small, and responsible for ‘keeping the lights on’, working through the cloud has enabled innovation and created opportunities for these organizations.
Amazon CEO Jeffrey Bezos recently claimed the fail-fast model was the catalyst for recent growth within the AWS business, though the majority are seemingly struggling to implement the right culture which encourages learning and innovating through failing. The implementation of cloud platforms speeds up the failures and lessens negative impacts on the business, to further drive the journey to innovation.
This was reinforced during the company’s quarterly earnings call in recent weeks as CEO Marc Benioff backed AI as the next major growth driver.
For Bhayro, as the concept of the cloud is now ubiquitous, the opportunities are almost limitless. The partnership builds on underlying trends within the industrial and manufacturing industry in moving from a reactive to proactive maintenance and repair model, using IoT to detect faults in real-time, but also identifying the tell-tale signs of such faults at industrial scale, prior to them becoming a problem. Data sets will include engine health data, air traffic control information, route restrictions and fuel usage data, with the aim of increasing the assets fuel efficiency, as well as detecting anomalies and ongoing trends. The OPC UA provides a standardized communication, security, and metadata and semantics abstraction for the majority of industrial equipment, ensuring interoperability between devices, assets and the platform to interpret the collected data. The announcement also included extended support for OPC UA open source software stack, ensuring any Windows 10 devices running the Universal Windows Platform can connect and openly communicate with other IoT devices via OPC UA. After another quarter of healthy growth, revenues were up 58% to roughly $2.9 billion, the team are well on track to exceed the ambitious target. The impact of these new assets are unlikely to be felt during the next quarter, though long-term there the current cloud leader could reinforce its position at the top of the leader board. Government contracts represent lucrative wins in the technology sector, which could underpin the company’s surge towards $10 billion. Dropbox was one of Amazon’s first customers to utilize its S3 service to store bulk data eight years ago, but has commented that the relationship will continue in certain areas. While the company has traditionally stored file content on Amazon, the hosting of metadata and Dropbox web servers has always been in data centres managed by Dropbox itself. Back in 2012, the company only had around 40 petabytes of user data, demonstrating 12-fold growth in the last four years. Zynga is another company who have a similar story, moving between private and public cloud in recent years. The team will continue to partner with Amazon for new projects, but will also offer its European customers the opportunity to store data on AWS infrastructure in Germany, should they request it. New features highlighted include translation, photo image searches, ‘talking pictures’ and real-time video classification. Recently, the company announced a string of new hires for its artificial intelligence research team, including a number of acquisitions from Microsoft’s R&D team, another company who have been making strides to perfect AI.
Second, Huawei will accelerate the pace of transforming enterprise networks into SDN, and then use a unified SDN controller to centrally integrate telecom, enterprise, and DC networks and achieve agile operations throughout the entire process. As with a number of Microsoft’s announcements over recent weeks, open-source has been a prominent product position for the company at Build 2016. Both concerns are seemingly driven hybrid cloud adoption, giving enterprise the full control on how and where company critical data is stored.
In addition the Certified Cloud and Service Provider platform also has relationships with Google and Rackspace. The company also claims that 498 of the largest 500 deals over the last five years have also been removed.
It would seem companies are not willing to allow security concerns to stop progress, instead aiming to secure products retrospectively. One conclusion which could be drawn from the survey is security is still considered a barrier to success when driving towards innovation. What is unclear is whether CEOs and other board members will follow up on the promise security will receive more investment.
The PoC will be conducted with simulated data, creating various different ‘live’ conditions such as peak surges or transferring of data. Singapore is currently being impacted by a number of global trends including population growth, emissions and mobility, which are driving the efforts towards a smart nation. Singapore’s response has been to create a nation state which is driven by big data and analytics technologies, and next-generation connected and sensor networks. Just look at the growth and influence of companies such as Uber and AirBnB for justification of his claims.
They are disrupting the traditional market which is in turn forcing the traditional players to transform their own business models. And for the most part, the ability to be innovative is much more prominent in the smaller organizations. While there is potential for AI in the SMB market place, for the moment it is only for those who are ahead of the curve.
But only once these organizations have got on top of managing their own data, breaking down the silos within the business.
Progress has been healthy over the last few quarters, but the team are looking to push the accelerator harder. Dropbox initially began building its own storage infrastructure in 2013, with the company first storing user files in house in February 2015. The new staff members bring experience to the team in the fields of causal inference in learning systems, computer vision, cost-sensitive learning, speech recognition and syntactic parsing with approximate inference. The company claims that its AI capabilities have the ability to learn and recognize new expressions, regional differences and the various uses of emojis. Red Hat claims that these relationships have resulted in more than $100 million revenue, a 90% increase year-on-year. In fact 37% of respondents agreed with the statement “it is likely that the security team will delay or block a new initiative presented to us today”, and 49% agreed with “our security team does have a reputation for blocking projects based on the past, but now we do a better job of enabling the business”. The new initiatives have seemingly had a positive impact on innovation within the city as the number of start-ups has increased from 24,000 in 2005, to 55,000 in 2014.
Dropbox’s move highlights the potential for overhead reductions when effectively moving onto private cloud, though if the company fails to scale as planned, the move could become a financial burden. In one case here, we have the ability to search for ‘a photo of us five on skis on the snow, with a lake in the background and trees on both sides’.



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