Huawei Cloud highlights the benefits of 'everything as a service’ model to boost digital transformation
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Huawei Cloud highlights the benefits of ‘everything as a service’ model to boost digital transformation

Huawei Cloud highlights the benefits of ‘everything as a service’ model to boost digital transformation

During Huawei Cloud’s Summit Middle East and Africa 2022, experts shared how industries can better leverage cloud and AI technologies

At the recently concluded Huawei Cloud Summit Middle East and Africa 2022 in Dubai, the company reiterated the cloud’s integral role in accelerating the region’s digital transformation and inspiring innovation across its industries.

Under the theme, ‘Inspire Innovation with Everything as a Service‘, the summit brought together over 1000 government leaders, customer representatives, and industry experts from the Middle East and Africa, exploring how cloud computing can serve and advance industries such as public services, finance, carriers, media, e-commerce, and gaming.

During the summit, experts also shared how industries can better leverage cloud and AI technologies across various functions.

On the sidelines of the summit, Frank Dai, president of Huawei Cloud Middle East, shared in an exclusive media roundtable the company’s vision of building the cloud foundation for an intelligent world with ubiquitous cloud and pervasive intelligence and detailed how it is providing ‘everything as a service.’

“Cloud is the future of ICT and the foundation of digital transformation in the Middle East. Cloud transformation has become a top priority for industries. To build the cloud infrastructure, there are four essential elements: technology, economic impact, talent ecosystem, and digital sovereignty. To this end, Huawei Cloud is working with partners to deepen digitalisation and provide Everything as a Service,” said Dai.

He added, “The key to successful digitalisation is an all-digital, all-cloud approach with everything as a service, which is underpinned by three pillars – infrastructure as a service, technology as a service and expertise as a service. This can accelerate digital transformation while also minimising the carbon footprint from their IT infrastructure, speed up the development of new apps and business processes, and enable organisations to innovate faster.”

Dai also spoke about Huawei’s focus on data security and privacy protection. The company has invested heavily in cybersecurity, around $132.5bn in R&D, with 5 per cent of that investment going directly to cybersecurity.

Furthermore, Dai also highlighted that technologies such as 5G, IoT, and cloud, are more in demand than ever before. When combined, these technologies create immense productivity gains, especially during the unprecedented circumstances of a pandemic. They form the bedrock of a digital economy by enabling intelligent and flexible operations. These technologies are also providing new opportunities for SMEs to improve operational efficiency, promote innovation, expand their market and financing channels, and facilitate remote operations during the pandemic.

When asked by Gulf Business, what is the company’s approach to enabling new opportunities for Middle Eastern enterprises to drive innovation, Dai said, “The future is all about intelligence, and digitalisation is the path for enterprises to get there. The key to successful digitalisation is to think cloud-native, act cloud-native. Here at Huawei Cloud, our approach is all digital, all cloud, and AI-driven.”

“Huawei Cloud works with customers, partners, and developers, always innovating and bringing reality to our vision of building the cloud foundation for an intelligent world. We are working closely with our customers and partners to accelerate their digital transformation journey while also minimising the carbon footprint from their IT infrastructure to hit the sustainable development targets, speed up the development of new apps and business processes, and enable organisations to innovate faster,” he added.

Meanwhile, last year, Huawei Cloud launched the Abu Dhabi Region, and this year the company is building a cloud region in Saudi Arabia, with plans to expand to other markets.

Looking ahead, Huawei Cloud will continue to expand the global data centre and network layout and is committed to providing customers, partners, and developers with one global network with a reliable experience. Currently, the company has 27 regions worldwide, providing 220+ cloud services and 210+ solutions for 170+ countries.

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