It was not the first time. But just like in recent years, Andreas Falkner, Vice President Open Telekom Cloud-T-System, was impressed by the Huawei Connect congress exhibition – an event that attracted 20,000 visitors. This year, the event took place in Shanghai, a city with a population of 25 million people. Huawei, a Chinese company with a staggering 170,000 employees, had previously invited its global partners and customers to a three day conference – among them T-Systems and other German enterprises such as VW, Mercedes or DHL.
"Grow with the Cloud"
The motto for the probably biggest company trade show was “Grow with the Cloud”. When the Chinese Cloud-Partner of T-Systems says ‘growth’, he means it. “It is quite impressive to witness how Huawei is speeding up when it comes to the cloud,” says Falkner. “It’s stunning.” Huawei has set itself the ambitious goal of building one of the five largest clouds worldwide. “The cloud is a cornerstone of the intelligent world,” said Guo Ping, CEO at Huawei in his keynote address. “Together with its partners, Huawei is determined and capable of building one of the five largest clouds in the world.” And, at the same time, the company is striving to reach an annual turnover of 200 billion dollars – and this is mainly to be achieved with cloud-services. Considering a growth rate of 238 percent in this market segment, this seems to be a realistic undertaking. “Huawei does not think twice but invests massively in markets the company believes in,” says Falkner. “At Huawei they say ‘We are doing business’ instead of saying ‘We’re looking for good business opportunities.’ Just a couple of years ago, Huawei was a largely unknown company.
The Cloud needs partners
At the event in Shanghai, Yan Linda, President of Enterprise Business Group at Huawei, emphasized that the company’s global partners are an important part of this ambitious plan: “Building a cloud-ecosystem demands an extensive cooperation between all participating parties – instead of focusing on only one company. The cooperation should not be a private platform for each institution but a foundation that is shared between all.”
Part of such a cloud is the Open Telekom Cloud, which uses a lot of Huawei technology. T-System’s public cloud was the center of attraction at Telekom’s exhibition held at the Huawei Connect. The 80-squaremeter exhibition area attracted many visitors. “Even Wladimir Klitschko came by,” says Falkner, who promoted the partnership with Huawei in Shanghai.
Open Telekom Cloud in Singapore
Having just been introduced at a data center in Singapore, the Asian twin of the Open Telekom Cloud attracted a lot of interest. It mainly serves customers who need cloud services in Asia and would like to have lower latency periods and German standards across the cloud. Falkner: “With Open Telekom Cloud, we offer the Asian-Pacific market a public cloud service that has proven to be successful in Europe. This offer is especially attractive for Asian companies that are interested in the European market.”
Open Telekom’s technological platform is also based on OpenStack, which – due to its open interfaces – enables a quick and easy access as well as the integration into the given IT-landscape. Huawei strongly believes in the many benefits of OpenStack. “This completely complies with our strategy of building an open cloud and Huawei is the perfect partner for this,” says Falkner about the successful partnership with the Chinese company.
HUAWEI CONNECT 2017 - T-Systems Powers Public Cloud
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.