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November 20, 2014

Huawei pushing into Europe with Agile solutions

Announces availability of cloud and converged storage solutions.

By Ben Sullivan

Huawei is doubling its efforts to penetrate Europe with its enterprise business, announcing the availability of its Cloud Fabric solution and its OceanStor V3 converged storage solution at the firm’s CIO Forum held in Amsterdam.

Huawei’s enterprise division, which provides networking and cloud products globally, has yet to see the same success in Europe as its home country of China.

Leon He, president of Huawei Enterprise for Western Europe, said: "In the business world, the explosion in number of connections means that every company, whatever sector it is in, will become an ICT company."

"Huawei’s aim is to make IT simple for all businesses, and in the process make these businesses more agile."

Huawei is currently present in 33 countries in Europe, and has 17 R&D centres with over 7,700 employees.

"By addressing issues such as the explosion of data with the media, Huawei aims to promote open discussion about the changing technology landscape with the wider population."

Huawei’s technology, such as its small ‘Pico’ cells, can already be found in Borussia Dortmund’s football stadium, where they provide Wi-Fi connections to the fans.

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But Huawei is banking on what it calls the ‘agile network’ to optimise customers’ mobile and wireless experiences using SDN.

"Since its rollout in 2013, Huawei’s Agile Network Solution has been deployed on more than 350 commercial networks across seven industries: government, finance, healthcare, large enterprise, transportation, education and media and entertainment," said Leon Wang, VP of Huawei’s switch product line.

The firm used the CIO Forum to launch its Cloud Fabric and Agile Branch solutions for ‘agile’ networking. Its converged storage platform, OceanStor V3, was also launched for Western Europe.

Leaf Zheng, IT product line president, said: "Huawei was the first vendor in the industry to launch converged storage data architecture, and since the launch of OceanStor V3 in the Chinese market it has been met with a warm reception from or customers.

Huawei can now offer European customers the benefits of advanced cloud architecture-based data management systems."
"What’s the future?" asked He. "We want to build a better connected Europe together."

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