Chinese Cloud Computing War Will Soon Begin

By TechSecurityChina.com Editor
July 20, 2015

Huawei is ready to battle Alibaba’s Aliyun cloud service as Huawei plans to hold a launch event at the end of July 2015 to officially release its own public cloud computing services.

Huawei’s rotating CEO and vice chairman Xu Zhijun disclosed in April that the company would soon launch its public cloud services to formally enter the Chinese information service industry, and now local Chinese media are confirming that the commencement will happen within two weeks.

Xu said in April that Huawei wants to provide customers with a complete cloud service solution. Huawei will also provide related solutions to carriers; meanwhile, the company will continue to cooperate with other carriers in the overseas market and provide public cloud solutions to them.

At the end of 2010, Huawei launched a cloud computing strategy named “Yunfan” and announced its formal entry into the cloud computing sector. In October 2011, Huawei announced the establishment of an IT product line focused on cloud computing. In 2014, the company launched its Fusion Sphere 5.0 cloud operating system. Then with nearly four years of development, Huawei launched a series of products and solutions based on cloud computing and it accumulated users in various sectors, including server services, storage solutions, and distributed cloud data centers. Huawei currently has over 400 data centers across the world, including 120 cloud data centers.

For the year of 2015, Huawei signed a cloud computing strategic cooperation agreement with Centrin Data Systems in May; on June 15, Deutsche Telekom announced intentions to select Huawei as its public cloud strategy partner; on June 16, Huawei signed a cloud computing strategic cooperation agreement with the municipal government of Dalian in northeastern China to jointly build a software cloud service platform.

Huawei’s public cloud services will focus first on the IaaS sector. Its target customers will be industries that are impacted by the Internet and willing to transform to the cloud service sector such as finance, government, manufacturing, energy, and education.

Alibaba’s Aliyun service launched more than two years ago and has quickly built both a brand an a ubiquitous service around China. In addition, China’s laws limit foreign players in the cloud computing sector, so companies like Amazon and Rackspace are greatly limited in seizing any sizable piece of the market in China.

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