Intel, Huawei Partner on Cloud Computing Processes


Emma Okonji

As part of its ‘Cloud for All initiative’ commitment to innovate and simplify computing processes, Intel has entered into a partnership with Huawei on the Huawei Cloud Congress West Africa.
The partnership event brought together, industry stakeholders and thought leaders to demonstrate and discuss the opportunities that Cloud 2.0 offers in Lagos recently.

According to Huawei, the Cloud Congress was aimed at demystifying the concept of Cloud technology to users. Tagged: ‘Make It Simple, Make Business Agile’, the congress saw Intel and Huawei showcase cloud demos to promote the adoption of private cloud in enterprise Information Technology (IT).

The demo also gave customers the opportunity to experience the benefits that Cloud service delivery brings.
Speaking at the congress, the Vice President, IT Solutions, Huawei West Africa, Zhang Tao Alexander identified company’s array of cloud strategies and solutions, targeted at different sectors of the economy including finance, education, telecoms and government.

Commenting on one of the solutions, Tao said: “Our Distributed Cloud Data Center is based on an innovative infrastructure which enables rapid and flexible services. This solution supports thousands of virtual machines and reduces construction periods by more than 30 per cent, while also reducing capital costs by over 20 per cent.”
While justifying Huawei’s collaboration with Intel on the Cloud Congress, Tao said: “Collaboration with industry leaders is a good way to accelerate processes and maximise impact. Huawei and Intel are working together to provide accessible and easy to deploy cloud solutions, making sure that businesses are ready to respond to any situation.’’
The Regional Director for Enterprise Business, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Intel Corporation, Frederico Carvalho, who gave a presentation on Intel’s Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) cloud solution, explained Intel’s strategy on cloud solutions.

According to him, “Corporate computing has evolved over the past few years and more and more businesses are adopting Cloud computing and storage. This is because of the innovation, agility and cost savings it offers. Thus, Intel’s aim is to create an initiative that will help companies and institutions put a Cloud infrastructure in place in less than 24 hours.”

Speaking on Enterprise Data Centre Modernisation, the Enterprise Technical Sales Director for Middle East, Turkey and Africa at Intel, Sameh Helmy, said: “Enterprise demand is the next wave of cloud. Cloud architecture is being deployed by dedicated service providers, and is also used in IT, via private/hybrid clouds. Innovation begins in the data centers and moves to businesses. The current approach to data center architecture needs to evolve to meet the demands of the digital service economy.”

The Huawei Cloud Congress West Africa is one of the world’s leading technology events. The first congress was held in 2015 with more than 200 customers, partners and media in attendance.