Huawei Takes On AWS, Google in Public Cloud

Huawei will work with telco partners on cloud services, as well as possibly launching its own public cloud platform.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

April 11, 2017

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Huawei Takes On AWS, Google in Public Cloud

Chinese telecom equipment titan Huawei is getting into public cloud services, going up against hyperscale incumbents such as Amazon and Google.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. will work with service provider partners on cloud services, as well as possibly launching its own public cloud platform, according to plans revealed at an analyst conference on Tuesday at the Chinese company's Shenzhen headquarters.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. will "invest heavily in building an open and trusted public cloud platform, which will be the foundation of a Huawei cloud family," Huawei rotating CEO Eric Xu said in a statement.

Huawei is reportedly setting up a new business unit to manage cloud activities. That would be a fourth business unit for Huawei, alongside existing carrier, consumer and enterprise divisions.

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My colleague Iain Morris has details at Light Reading: Huawei Takes Aim at AWS, Google With Public Cloud Move.

If Huawei launches its own public cloud platform, it would be going down a path that others have trod -- and fallen. Cisco, VMware Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have all launched their own public cloud platforms, only to decide it made more sense to get out of that business and partner with telecoms and cloud providers instead. VMware sold its public cloud platform to telecom OVH this month. (See OVH Looks to Invade US, Buys VMware vCloud Air.)

Huawei's latest cloud announcement comes a year almost to the day after it announced an "All Cloud" strategy uniting equipment, networks, services and operations across its service provider, enterprise and consumer lines. (See Huawei Goes 'All Cloud'.)

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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