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HUAWEI CONNECT 2022, themed "Unleash Digital", kicked off in Dubai this month. Industry leaders, experts, partners, and guests from the Middle East and Africa gather to share their thoughts on technological innovation, ecosystem collaboration, and digital transformation. Ken Hu, Rotating Chairman of Huawei, delivered a keynote speech under the conference theme and called for enterprises to "embrace cloud for leapfrog development" for digital transformation.
Joy Huang, President of Huawei Cloud Strategy & Industry Development, said that greener infrastructure, continuous innovation, and shared experience are the paths to digital transformation. Huawei Cloud launches three cloud native products: CCE Turbo for container engine, UCS for ubiquitous cloud native, and GaussDB. Four pipelines are released for software development, data governance, AI development, and digital content production. Two new core aPaaS services are available, KooMessage, and KooSearch.
Huawei Cloud works with partners to develop an NLP model for the Arabic language that supports hundreds of billions of parameters. The OptVerse AI Solver is released. The upgraded knowledge computing provides a faster path to combine industry knowledge with AI.
Jacqueline Shi, President of Marketing and Sales Service of Huawei Cloud, pointed out that the key to unleashing digital is to embrace the cloud, and cloud native is the way to realize digital transformation.
Frank Dai, President of Huawei Cloud Middle East, said that countries in the Middle East have realized the value of cloud to digital economy. Building a digital infrastructure is essential to make the most of cloud.
Dr. Tian Qi, academician of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences, IEEE Fellow, and chief AI scientist of Huawei Cloud, introduced Huawei Cloud's innovations in Enterprise Intelligence (EI) services and described the value and potential of AI for scientific research, production, and daily life.
William Dong, President of Huawei Cloud Marketing, pointed out that in the future, applications, data, AI models, and digital content will become the core assets of an enterprise. Enterprises will develop, run, and manage these resources in a converged pipeline, and cloud native will be the technology to help businesses navigate uncertainty. William released the Cloud Native 2.0 Architecture White Paper at the event.
Eric Wan, Vice President of Ecosystem Development of Huawei Cloud Middle East shared that Huawei Cloud is upgrading the Huawei Cloud Partner Network (HCPN) to help partners grow further by introducing two main collaboration frameworks, GoCloud and GrowCloud. He pointed out that Huawei Cloud partnership system transformation centered on capability development and the collaboration frameworks will strongly accelerate the growth of the partners.
In recognition of outstanding partners, Huawei Cloud presented eight awards at the partner award ceremony for their cooperation in building a win-win ecosystem in the Middle East during the Huawei Cloud TechWave Summit MEA:
• System Integrator of the year - Techvista Systems
• Seller of the Year - Gold Mantis
• Independent Software Vendor of the Year – OneOffice
• Sustainable Partner of the Year - China Mobile International
• SAP Migration Partner of the Year - Abacus Consulting Technology
• Rising Star - Rounak Computers
• Emerging Tech Solution of the Year - iVolve Technologies
• Marketing Star – 2B Innovations
During the summit, seven Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) were also signed:
• Huawei Cloud – Oman Omantel
• Huawei Cloud – Pakistan Abacus – Orient
• Huawei Cloud – Pakistan Ignite
• Huawei Cloud – Pakistan System Limited – PMEX
• Huawei Cloud – Pakistan Ozi Technology
• Huawei Cloud – Oengoo
• Huawei Cloud – Egpyt KlayyTech
Huawei Cloud has built 70 AZs in 27 Regions around the world and rolled out 92 cloud services in the Middle East. Huawei Cloud is launching new Cloud Regions in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Empowering customers, partners, and developers with cloud native, Huawei Cloud stands ready to drive digital transformation for the local economy.
Integrated ICT solutions provider Exponant has partnered with Huawei Cloud to offer its customers more choice, tools and cost benefits when migrating and managing their Sage instances in the cloud.
Richard Zoutendyk, Digital Officer at Exponant, says the partnership with Huawei Cloud is in line with the company’s focus on adding value and supporting digital transformation for 25 years. “With clients ranging from large enterprises to small and mid-sized companies, we have noted growing demand for choice in cloud providers and hosted offerings,” he says. “Our partnership with Huawei Cloud adds to our multicloud offering and gives our customers more options, so they can find ‘the right jockey for the right horse’ when it comes to cloud,” he says.
Exponant’s partnership with Huawei Cloud will initially focus on Exponant’s Sage services. Exponant partners with Sage to provide, deploy and support Sage financial and business solutions. Exponant also helps customers migrate Sage from on-premises to the cloud, or between clouds.
Zoutendyk says Exponant is seeing growing interest in cloud migration from small and mid-sized organisations looking to support hybrid work models and assure business continuity.
“High availability, data security and backups are key priorities, and more businesses want opex rather than capex spend. In addition, load-shedding is compounding the risks of on-premises applications and services, so everyone wants to be in the cloud,” he says.
However, while most enterprise clients have made the move, many smaller and mid-sized organisations still have concerns about the skills required and hidden costs involved in a move to cloud.
Zoutendyk says Exponant’s partnership with Huawei Cloud positions the company to help customers overcome these hurdles. “Huawei Cloud offers the advantage of dedicated in-country support, so we can assist customers timeously and it helps us assist smaller clients who require more hands-on support. We also believe Huawei offers our customers cost benefits that make it very attractive for them to look at the business value to be achieved in the cloud.”
The partnership with Huawei also enables Exponant to run certain experiments and proofs of concept for customers, supporting Exponant’s value proposition. The Huawei Cloud partnership allows us to provide resources and tools that add real value and support our customers’ digital transformation,” he says.
Huawei Cloud, with availability zones in South Africa, offers secure, low latency and high performance access with local service, support and R&D.
Huawei Cloud SPOKESMAN: “Thanks to our in-country resources, Huawei Cloud is able to address any concerns about latency, data sovereignty and compliance – at a lower cost. These factors have contributed to Huawei Cloud’s strong growth in South Africa, with over 150% increase in customers, 220% growth in revenue and over 80% growth in the local Huawei Cloud partner ecosystem in the past year.
Contact us at https://www.exponant.com/
CAIRO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia signed a memorandum of understanding with China's Huawei Technologies (HWT.UL) on Thursday on cloud computing and building high-tech complexes in Saudi cities, the government communication office said in a statement.
The MoU was signed during the Chinese president's visit to Saudi Arabia which Beijing said marked its biggest diplomatic initiative in the Arab world.
Reporting by Aziz El Yaakoubi; writing by Yomna Ehab; editing by Jason Neely
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In light of the current controversy surrounding Eufy, the company has decided to add a disclaimer to its app. This disclaimer will let people know that footage thumbnails are being uploaded to the cloud when certain settings are enabled.
Things are not looking good for the Anker sub-brand. In case you have not been caught up with the drama, here’s a quick rundown. Over Thanksgiving, an Infosec researcher by the name of Paul Moore revealed that the security camera division of Anker, Eufy, actually sends photos and footage of its users to the cloud. This was all in spite of the copious claims that it never does that.
Eufy claims that your data is always stored locally on your device and it never even touches the cloud. That’s a pretty hefty claim nowadays when companies are always watching and listening.
To make matters worse, the data was not only stored on the cloud, but it was also unencrypted. This means that anyone could see the pictures or footage. People have been able to look at the content using video players as simple as VLC.
People have also been able to discover that Eufy also uses facial recognition software. This means that if you take a picture using one Eufy camera on one account, the software will still recognize you if you take a picture of yourself using a different camera on a different account.
Hoping to assuage the situation, Eufy added a disclaimer to its mobile app. This disclaimer will let people know that footage and pictures will be temporarily uploaded to the cloud when certain settings are enabled. Thanks to 9To5Google, we have a screenshot of the disclaimer. It shows the notification settings with a list of all of the different options.
Under the “Full Effect” and “Include Thumbnail” options, we see a grayed-out note saying:
In this mode, footage preview thumbnails will be temporarily stored in the cloud to deliver a better experience for event notifications.
So, Anker pulled the classic “for a better experience” card.
Having a disclaimer is nice and all, but it doesn’t do anything about the current situation. Anker has yet to take responsibility for its actions. Eufy gave a statement a few days ago, but the company was basically denying the accusations and asking people not to be mad at them. It did not provide an explanation as to why it blatantly lied to its customers. There are people out there with pictures and footage of them on the cloud who were told that that will not happen.
This is a developing story, and we’re not sure we’re going to see the end of it soon. As time goes on, more information will come out about this controversy.
First Distribution (FD) has signed up as a value-added Huawei Cloud partner.
FD reseller partners will now be able to offer their customers a range of Huawei Cloud services, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS), including storage, compute, network, database, container, big data and artificial intelligence, says Michael de Bruin.
“Huawei has over a decade’s experience with cloud infrastructure, ensuring our platform is qualified and world-class,” comments Jay Zhou, Managing Director of Huawei Cloud South Africa. “As a relatively new entrant into the public cloud market, our objective is to drive digital transformation.”
“In a drive to secure market share, Huawei Cloud has a flexible, cost-effective commercial model – together with an infrastructure that is world-class and uncompromised in its quality and scale.”
Huawei offers ongoing, local service and 24/7 support, with three teams in South Africa, located in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. This local presence creates a hub for partners and customers, offering a hands-on approach to facilitate customer engagements and partner support.
FD’s reach in South Africa and SADC is one of the reasons Huawei chose to partner with the company. Of the distributor’s 4 000 resellers, more than 1 000 are already signed up as cloud partners, so there is great synergy and value alignment between the two companies.
First Distribution, through its Cloud Catalyst Program, will take its partners on the Huawei Cloud Journey, helping them to become value-added Huawei Cloud Partner, explains Michael de Bruin, Huawei Brand Manager at First Distribution.
Partners can attend business transformation workshops to help them Excellerate cloud adoption.
Here, they will learn about internal sales framework changes, understanding the annuity business, building solutions, financial understanding, SLA assistance, product roadmaps, platform understanding, commercial go-to-market strategies, bundling and cross-selling, and consulting billing.
As Africa’s leading value-added distributor and one of the pioneers of cloud distribution in South Africa, FD offers its resellers a wide range of services, including:
About First Distribution
First Distribution is the leading value-added distributor in Africa. Our offering includes a product portfolio of global leading Datacentre, Cloud, Networking and Security products and services. This embraces hybrid solutions with access to any combination of on premise, private cloud and public cloud end-to-end solutions from multiple vendors. The portfolio, together with highly skilled staff to support and manage vendors with an unrivalled level of expertise, ensures that our partners have the key elements required for success. First Distribution additionally hosts one of the largest technology partner-to-partner networks in Africa allowing partners to extend the reach of their solutions across the continent.
Dublin, Nov. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Huawei's Quest for Resurgence" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
The US sanctions imposed way back in 2018, and then again in 2020, continue to haunt Huawei. The company was forced to divest some business lines- including its mid-to low-end smartphone unit, Honor, and x86 server business - and its global standing in its "crown jewel" telecom equipment business has taken a hit.
These setbacks have sent Huawei into a tizzy as it reported its biggest-ever annual revenue drop of 28.6% in 2021. Though the revenue downtrend continued into 1H22, the pace of drop slowed down drastically. But that wasn't enough to contain net profit decline during the period, which more than halved as a difficult economy reduced demand from customers, intensifying woes brought by the US technology curbs.
Hard-pressed by the current turmoil, Huawei is betting big on cloud and supply chain independence to alleviate any further risks. The cloud focus emerges from the fact that there is no direct impact from the Entity List ruling on services and software. The company is already making notable strides in the cloud space, with its emergence as the second-biggest cloud provider after Alibaba in China.
Its strong cloud portfolio for the government sector is a big advantage, considering Huawei's experience working with provincial governments and state-owned enterprises in China. The other advantage is its overseas cloud data center footprint, which is in markets less directly impacted by US sanctions. Huawei is also an essential player engaged in China's global digital expansion initiative, "Digital Silk Road" (DSR), under its grand Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
To rebuild its supply chain, Huawei is aspiring to end-to-end home-grown innovation to power both its hardware- and cloud-related businesses. While its chip subsidiary, HiSilicon, designs data center server processors and chips for devices and telecom network equipment, it is seeking to ramp up production capabilities through a three-pronged strategy: build in-house chips, partner with domestic fabs, and invest in domestic chip startups.
Huawei's efforts to stage a comeback will depend on two aspects:
Cloud services business, which will be tasked to somewhat address the gap left by the severely hit hardware-based consumer division
Access to advanced chips that can take on the competition
The first aspect looks achievable as Huawei will be able to offer distinctive propositions such as synergies between its cloud offering and telecom equipment business, through its recently launched telco cloud solutions, coupled with a flexible collaboration model with the telcos.
The second aspect, though, could prove to be a stumbling block for Huawei, as technological capabilities achieved through homegrown chip manufacturing are years behind the capabilities possessed by Intel, TSMC, and Samsung. Until a solution to its advanced manufacturing shortcoming is figured out, Huawei will continue to rely on less-capable domestic fabs, which will put the company in survival mode for the next 3-4 years.
Further, Huawei is currently relying heavily on ARM for design of its data center server chips, which are central to the Huawei Cloud offering. There is some chance that the US will find a way to restrict ARM from working with Huawei, forcing the Chinese vendor to lean on RISC-V alternatives.
Key Topics Covered:
Sanctions roil Huawei's global standing
Huawei goes full throttle on cloud, and chip sufficiency
Huawei's journey to regain its lost mojo will be a long one
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