25,000 participants, more than 1,500 partners: From October 10 to 12, Huawei Connect opened its doors in Shanghai. For three days, visitors to the trade fair stands could find out everything about the topic of artificial intelligence. That’s exactly what Huawei's in-house trade fair was all about, under the motto: "Activate Intelligence." After all, according to the organizers, by 2025, more than 86 percent of all companies and organizations are expected to be using AI applications. Reason enough to shed light on the topic from all aspects. Telekom was also there for the third time with the Open Telekom Cloud. And that included both an exciting keynote by Andreas Truls from T-Systems Malaysia and a trade fair stand.
Art with enormous computing resources from the cloud
The organizers came up with something very special to demonstrate the capabilities of the Open Telekom Cloud to visitors live on site: Complex paintings from the cloud. An ordinary photograph of Düsseldorf’s Media Harbor was transformed into an impressive work of art. What at first glance looked like an Instagram photo filter was actually complex image processing. In order to transfer the style of famous artists to real images, enormous IT resources are required, such as those provided by the Open Telekom Cloud. "Processing image data is one of the most complex applications that exist," says Anthony Clarke, Chief Technologist, Open Telekom Cloud at Deutsche Telekom. "That's why our live demo was an excellent way to show visitors the potential of our Open Telekom Cloud.” Since summer 2017, Deutsche Telekom has also been operating the public cloud from a data center in Singapore in order to offer companies in the Asia-Pacific Economic Area (APAC) a low-latency service based on German standards.
Artificial Intelligence: IT Resources from the Cloud
The start-up Fuse-AI, which was at Telekom’s stand at Huawei Connect, is also familiar with image data. The Hamburg founders developed an AI that supports radiologists in detecting cancerous tumors on MRI images faster and more reliably. The founders are using IT capacities for these highly complex applications from the Open Telekom Cloud. "Telekom's public cloud is a wonderful tool that gives us the flexibility and scalability we need to implement this type of solution," says Dirk Schäfer, machine learning expert and co-founder of Fuse-AI. Another use case for the Open Telekom Cloud was provided by Cogia Intelligence, a start-up founded in 2010. Founder Pascal Lauria was looking for a way to analyze web and social media data in real time. The result: an intelligent monitoring tool that evaluates posts, tweets and blogs on behalf of customers.
Partnership between T-Systems and Huawei
The highlight of the event was the launch of the Private Link Access Service (PLAS), which T-Systems announced jointly with Huawei. With this service, Open Telekom Cloud users will receive a direct connection from their network to the cloud. The company's network provider connects to the data center via a gateway and a dedicated private network layer instead of via the Internet. The advantage: reduced latency times and a secure and stable connection.
The partnership with Huawei enables T-Systems to underpin its vendor independence and offer IT solutions at the best price. "With the launch of the new PLAS Feature we will combine the strength of both parties and offer a full end-2-end solution to our customers. Combining the secure network access to the already available Open Telekom Cloud ensures a full e2e quality and security," said Andreas Falkner, Vice President Open Telekom Cloud at T-Systems. " The successful launch of PLAS shows that the cooperation of two strong partners can bring real competitive advantages and benefits to our customers," said Lin Baifeng, Huawei’s President of Deutsche Telekom Key Account..
At a glance: the benefits of Open Telekom Cloud
- Security: The data are hosted in highly secure Telekom computing centres in Germany.
- Scalability: Computing power and memory can be ordered and set up online and adapted flexibly at any time.
- Pricing models: We offer you flexible and fixed contractual periods as well as a combination of both models.
- No vendor lock-in: Open Telekom Cloud is based on OpenStack, a freely available open-source standard. You can change the provider at any time.
- Individual configuration: CPU, RAM, storage, network – you can put a package together for yourself that matches your requirements to the optimum degree.
- IaaS for all: Open Telekom Cloud is extremely flexible and therefore suitable for companies of every size.