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"Open" is a keyword of Huawei GAS2015

by Guang Yang | 4月 23, 2015

In Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2014 (GAS 2014), the keyword should be SoftCom. It describes a framework of Huawei’s network solution in future software defined and virtualized network.  In Huawei GAS this year (GAS2015), I think the keywords should be Service and Open.

I have talked about Huawei’s service strategy in my previous blog. In this post, I’d like to talk about Huawei’s “openness”. In the first day of Huawei GAS 2015, Huawei’s CTO,Ryan Ding, gave a speech on “Open Innovation”. According to Ryan Ding, Huawei will be doing R&D in three tiers:

·         Fundamental innovation, focusing on basic pipe technologies over the long term and will be done by Huawei itself.

·         Allied innovation, focusing on end-to-end industry-specific solutions and the maturation of industries and will be done through collaboration with upstream and downstream partners.

·         Ecosystem-based innovation, addressing the diverse application scenarios in the “Better Connected World” and the goal is “to attract more developers and provide a platform for them to develop industry applications more efficiently”.

In rest of the event, “we are open” have been repeated by different speakers for many times. Huawei’s contribution to open source community - e.g. OpenStack – has also been emphasized. Huawei’s movement toward openness is even endorsed by Prof. Guru Parulker, who is professor and the executive director of the Open Network Research Center (ONRC) at Stanford University as well as the board director of Open Source Networking Operating System (ONOS) project. In his speech, Prof. Parulker thanked Huawei’s contribution to ONOS.

Huawei also plans to open the capability of its network equipment to 3rd parties including application developers, independent software vendors, system integrators and IoT players. Huawei will hold a Huawei Developer Forum in October 2015 to introduce their platform to partners.

The opening strategy is a significant move from Huawei’s position in its GAS 2014. In last year, Huawei’s emphasis was its full coverage in software defined and virtualized networks. Huawei produces hardware (including COTS hardware), cloud platform (FusionSphere) and all kinds of network solutions. But in this year, Huawei’s speakers put focus on the openness and the capability to collaborate with industry partners. For example, in SDN and NFV session, the deployment case of multi—vendor environment was emphasized. Speakers also reminded audience repeatedly that its FusionSphere platform is OpenStack based and Huawei has made significant contribution to OpenStack development.

 

This change indicates that, in the dynamically changing network world, infrastructure vendor itself has to be open and agile before it could provide open and agile solutions to its customers. In this aspect, the further change on organization and internal processes may be necessary for Huawei, just like what Ericsson has done in last year. Ericsson created a new business unit for Cloud and IP in last April in order to “capture opportunities with virtualization for the IP and core portfolio.” Currently, Huawei’s R&D works on SDN and NFV are still distributed to different R&D divisions. This could generate internal overlap cost and confused marketing messages. Therefore we expect to see some organization restructuring in Huawei in not too distant future. 

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