The Huawei Cloud Computing Platform:A Self-made Parachute

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After more than a year of hard work, Huawei's self-developed cloud computing platform finally fulfills the stringent requirements of its IT department and the company becomes, effectively, its own chief IT cloud infrastructure supplier. Rigorously tested by its own IT team — which must support one of the largest multinational companies in the world — using the platform internally has laid a solid foundation for deploying the cloud computing platform in many more industries.>>



More than a year ago, Huawei's R&D team was anxious to release the initial cloud computing platform prototype for a market trial. However, the executives responsible for reviewing the cloud computing prototype insisted that the platform not be launched into the market before it was well proven inside the company.



Forcing the company to use its own cloud computing platform in-house was like making a skydiver wear a self-made parachute. Observers wondered whether Huawei would be able to triumph in its flight through the Cloud and land safely using its own design.



Working in the Cloud

Huawei's IT department has been developing technology for cloud computing data centers for many years. The primary aim has been to deal with the potential impact of Big Data and the complex applications required by the company's further expansion.



To ensure the safe evolution of IT systems, Huawei chose its Shanghai Research Center — still under construction at the time — for its pilot program. By mid-2011, 10,000 R&D employees at Huawei's Shanghai Research Center had successfully migrated to a desktop cloud for their daily operations. The success story in the Shanghai Research Center greatly encouraged the IT department, which was eager to expand the application of the cloud computing platform and duplicate the "Shanghai Research Center Model."



By the end of 2011, all Huawei research centers had successfully transitioned 45,000 R&D employees to the desktop cloud. Whether you are in an office in the US, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, the Netherlands, South Africa, Singapore, or other countries, you can always find a thin client and start to work immediately.



IT Management Evolution

The migration to the cloud computing platform has been so smooth that many end users might not even have noticed the change, but for IT administrators, the changes are evident.



First, procurement and operational costs of hardware (servers) have been significantly reduced. The cloud computing platform has reduced the demand for hardware by 55 percent and the consumption of electricity by 85 percent, while providing the same computing and storage capacity.



Second, a new model has emerged. For terminal deployment, the ratio of users to system maintenance engineers has improved from 100 to 1 to 1000 to 1, a ten-fold increase in efficiency. Also, if a fault occurs in a computer, engineers need only replace the display and the thin client. Before the cloud computing platform was deployed, it took a new employee about a day to apply for a computer and an account, costing Huawei a total of about CNY4.73 million per year for all of its new hires. Now, each new employee can get an account in ten minutes.



Finally, cloud computing technologies make possible the dynamic load balancing of IT application resources. A data center can be allocated for office and R&D work in the daytime and used for automated testing at night, or bear the load of research centers in China and India during the day and handle the load of the US Research Center during Asia's night hours.



After more than a year of hard work, Huawei is now its own biggest IT supplier. The self-made parachute worked, holding Huawei aloft until its perfect touchdown landing.



What's more, the cloud computing platform now serves a great number of external customers as well; about 130,000 users in 30 countries are using Huawei's desktop cloud in government, health care, education, telecommunications, and finance.



Looking ahead, Huawei is ready to cooperate with partners and customers in the cloud computing area to jointly expand the cloud computing industry.▲

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