Interop and WIDE Co-host First Tokyo Cloud Congress with Huawei to Embrace a Cloud World

2016/06/10 • Feature, News • Views: 678

In the face of increasing requirements for industry digital transformation, “Cloud-based Enterprise Transformation” has become a global mega-trend. In response, Huawei cooperated with Interop Tokyo Committee and Widely Integrated Distributed Environment (WIDE) Project to host the first Tokyo Cloud Congress at Interop Tokyo 2016.

With a commitment of openness, cooperation, and win-win collaboration, the congress invited global industry elites from ICT advanced market and Japan industry partners to share the latest industry insights. The discussion centered on ICT industry trends, especially academic research, standards formulation, industry application, solution matching, and industry cooperation. The event provided an excellent platform to engage with attendees on how to face the opportunities and challenges of industry transformation and how to build up core competence in the cloud era.

At the opening address, Jun Murai, Professor of Keio University and Founder of the WIDE Project, said, “Internet infrastructure is the backbone of today’s digital economy. Innovative technologies to build advanced networks and operations are critical to powering this Internet infrastructure, and international collaboration among governments, enterprises, industry alliances and academic and research institutions will be central to accelerating innovation to create winning outcomes. Today in Japan, it is encouraging to see the collaborative efforts of leading ICT companies such as Huawei advancing digital and driving future opportunities.”

Asian Internet Economies, Represented by China, Japan, and South Korea, Are Undergoing Fast Development and Have Become Major Powers to Lead the World

During a discussion on the Internet Development in Asia, Professor Murai, together with Kuo-Wei Wu, Board Member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), William Dong, President of Huawei IT Solution Sale Dept, and Kei Furuta, President of Equinix Japan, shared his insights into the status, trends, opportunities, and challenges of Asia’s Internet development. As the engine of the world’s economic growth, Asia leverages the existing ICT infrastructures built during the last Internet boom to create a tidal wave of mobile Internet. In the past, new technology goes from West to East. In the Internet era, innovations go from East to West.

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As Enterprises Embrace the Application-Centric Cloud Era, New ICT Becomes the Corner Stone of the New Industrial Revolution

At a forum on embracing cloud-based industry opportunities, guests from the University of Tokyo, Deutsche Telekom, Intel, and Huawei discussed the mutual interactions between cloud and enterprise development. Stefan Gubi, Senior Vice President of Deutsche Telekom, is responsible for MNC sales and service and IOT push programs. According to Mr. Gubi, “the European cloud market is growing at an annual rate of 21%. New digital business models require Hybrid & Multi Cloud solutions. Strong Partner ecosystems will become a key success factor in Cloud & Big Data market. Deutsche Telekom has established a robust ecosystem from hardware to software and platform. Deutsche Telekom offers a full-range cloud portfolio to meet customers’ multi-cloud needs.” In March 2016, Deutsche Telekom and Huawei announced the launch of Open Telekom Cloud which can be directly and easily accessed by users via public networks. With the Open Telekom Cloud, Deutsche Telekom is able to provide flexible customization services for all enterprises, large and small.

Joerg Welters, CIO of Huawei Global Cloud Business, shared his practices on “Open, Hybrid, and Industry Clouds.” After the speech, he interacted with guests to discuss how to effectively use cloud computing technology and new business modes to drive enterprise transformation and growth. Joerg Welters believes that most existing public clouds are built to address Internet business need, and cannot effectively support industries’ and enterprises’ transformation. Hybrid and industry clouds will become the mega-trends of cloud transformation in the foreseeable future.

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During industry digital transformation, the whole network will use a DC-centric architecture to accommodate all network functions and service applications. According to John Healy, General Manager of Software Defined Networking (SDN) Division at Intel, “70-80% of systems will be deployed in large-scale data centers by 2025. SDN, NFV, and hyperscale are forces of changes. Intel® Rack Scale Design (RSD) increases performance per TCO and accelerates cloud adoption.”

Esaki, Professor of the University of Tokyo and Director of the WIDE Project, said that cloud has become a basic enterprises service. Industry players who can fully understand this change and follow the trend will surely gain advantages in market competition. The creation of a cloud-based society requires the collaboration and joint efforts of enterprises, academic circles, research institutes, and contributors in other fields.

The “Cloud-based Enterprise Transformation” process requires the concerted efforts of all relevant stakeholders in the ICT industry to build an open, healthy cloud ecosystem. Huawei, an ICT company with a global view and continuous innovations, has deployed more than 160 cloud data centers and 700,000 cloud computing virtual machines across the globe. Huawei has been chosen as a digital transformation partner by many top-class customers from a variety of sectors, including government, finance, transportation, energy, Internet, media, and education. In line with the Business-Driven Innovative ICT (BDII) approach, Huawei is implementing open innovations and working with partners and customers to build healthy industry cloud ecosystems and lead the new ICT era.