Huawei today launched its Cloud Open Labs in the presence of 19 leading global operators, industry organizations, and partners, including the Linux Foundation, Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), China Association of Communication Enterprises, Accenture, Red Hat, VMware, and Wind River.
As part of Huawei's commitment to open, evolution, and innovation, the Cloud Open Labs – with interconnected facilities across four labs – aim to enable operators' business success. These centers will provide the foundation for integrating and verifying solutions which enable the All Cloud transformation.
From left to right: Gil Hellmann, Vice President, Wind River; Jin Dongbin, Chair of Communication Network Operation Committee, China Association of Communication Enterprises; Dr. Li Ying, Global Vice President, Asia Institute General Manager, VMware; Phil Andrews, Vice President, Enterprise Sales and Strategic Business Development, Red Hat Asia Pacific; Jim Lu, President of Global Technical Service, Huawei; Yu Hongbiao, Managing Director of Electronics and High Technology, Accenture Greater China; Deng Lingli, OPNFV China Ambassador, Core Research Fellow of Research Institute of China Mobile Limited.
Jim Lu, President of Global Technical Service, Huawei, said, "Digital transformation has been widely recognized in the industry as a necessity. Huawei advocates the All Cloud Strategy, aiming to build efficient networks and develop agile advantages to help operators provide their end users with a Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY, and Social (ROADS) experience. Our Cloud Open Labs will establish an industry ecosystem and support open collaboration, allowing operators, industry organizations and partners to jointly address the challenges of digital transformation. Our Cloud Open Labs will also support Huawei's All Cloud Strategy. Huawei Global Technical Service will continuously increase investment in consulting and system integration in an effort to enable operators to tap into unlimited opportunities in the trillion-dollar digital market."
Bruce Xun, Vice President of Global Technical Service, Huawei, gave a demonstration of VoLTE services via a future-oriented cloud-based network. Bruce remarked, "Operators will face numerous challenges during the transformation to the cloud, including multi-vendor integration, evolution from existing networks to target networks, and problems relating to agile operations. Our Cloud Open Labs’ function is to establish an ecosystem, conduct pre-integration and pre-verification, and serve as a joint innovation platform which will effectively enable the All Cloud Strategy."
Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation, said, "It is important to have a cross-vendor, cross solution, open platform where individual developers, vendors, and service providers can get together to test interoperability, to do proof of concepts, and to really enable this open source software to meet their customer's expectations and to meet the expectations that will really drive demand in the future of the network."
Deng Lingli, OPNFV China Ambassador, said, "NFV technology is developing rapidly, but the industry is facing the challenges of inconsistent interface protocols and industry standards. OPNFV will continuously promote open industry collaboration to accelerate the commercialization of NFV services."
Huawei has connected its four open labs and built a unified digital operations platform to support operators' network evolution and operations transformation. These open labs include the Global Network Evolution and Experience Center (GNEEC), the NFV Open Lab, the SDN Open Lab, and the DC Open Lab. These Cloud Open Labs enable Huawei to innovate solutions jointly with operators, industry organizations, and partners, and achieve mutual certification and authorization together with partners. So far, the labs have worked with over 40 partners for solution integration and verification. They have also completed pre-verification for over 550 projects, and pursued joint innovation in conjunction with Wind River, VMware, Red Hat, and Accenture.