VIDEO: Why is Huawei Backing the OpenStack Cloud?

CTO of Huawei's Cloud business explains why his company is now embracing the open source OpenStack cloud platform.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Nov 11, 2013
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HONG KONG - Chinese IT giant Huawei is embracing the open source OpenStack cloud platform. During the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong last week, Huawei officially became a Gold Member of the OpenStack Foundation.

In an exclusive video interview with Enterprise Networking Planet, Haiying Wang, VP and CTO of Cloud Computing at Huawei, explained why his company plans to play a key role in pushing OpenStack forward in China and around the world.

Becoming a Gold Member of the OpenStack Foundation isn't just a matter of paying a membership fee. The OpenStack Foundation only votes in Gold corporate members that have demonstrated that they will contribute code and technical expertise into the OpenStack development process. Wang is keen to help OpenStack improve and mature.

"In our marketplace, there is still a big gap between what customers want and what OpenStack has," Wang said.

He added that moving forward, OpenStack will be the "glue" that holds all of Huawei's cloud efforts together. Helping OpenStack mature is good business for Huawei, as it will help customers to more rapidly embrace the cloud.

While Huawei has global operations, Wang said that his company's cloud efforts will likely focus on telcos in emerging markets and especially in China.

"That's a market we know really well," Wang said.

OpenStack is still in its early stages, according to Wan, and his key focus is on building maturity in the areas where Chinese telcos have specific needs. Rather then having a specific roadmap when it comes to OpenStack, Huawei is all-in with the community approach to collaborative development.

"From a technical perspective, the OpenStack Foundation itself is the roadmap, and we're all pushing that, and we don't want to have a separate agenda," Wang said.

In terms of partnership, Wang is also very open-minded, saying that Huawei is open to partnering with everyone in the OpenStack ecosystem. Huawei's cloud strategy is now firmly based in OpenStack, and the company doesn't necessary have any "secret weapon" up its sleeve.

"As far as I know, we don't have any secret weapon, but we do have resources behind the open cloud to work out the problems that are driven from the customer side," Wang said. "What customers want, we will provide."

Watch the full video with Haiying Wang, VP & CTO of Cloud Computing at Huawei, below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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