Product Review: Huawei FusionCloud Data Center Virtualization Solution
In the ever-growing and increasingly virtual world of today, businesses need a way to keep pace with the information they have available, both internal and external (thanks to things like Big Data). These requirements can strain the information and communications technology (ICT) sector of a business and place additional requirements on software and servers used. The handling of data is also becoming increasingly virtualized, so companies are searching for ways to handle their business operations virtually. One company striving to provide solutions to these technological demands is Huawei, a global leader in ICT solutions.
Huawei’s FusionCloud Solution allows businesses to more than double their utilization when compared to traditional IT platforms while simultaneously decreasing power consumption. Disaster recovery speeds are on the order of a few minutes instead of a few hours, and applications can go to market in a few weeks instead of a few months.
Huawei’s FusionCloud Data Center Virtualization Solution is a combination of Huawei’s cloud operating system (FusionSphere), cloud computing hardware infrastructure (FusionCloud) and a variety of professional services. This integration provides companies with the ability to horizontally consolidate physical and virtual data and resources so that they can optimize their service platforms. Some of the advantages of the FusionCloud Data Center Virtualization Solution is its use of OpenStack, numerous security features and completeness in the ICT market. Huawei’s software can compile with OpenStack and AWS APIs. The use of open source software allows Huawei’s products to be more virtualized and competitive in today’s markets.
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The FusionCloud Data Center Virtualization Solution boasts several lines of defense when it comes to encryption and data security. It implements features like Trusted Computing and Trusted Platform Module, and additional functionalities like FusionAccess, which allows for client-side access (i.e. access with consumer devices like smartphones and laptops), secure data exchange via channel encryption.
One of the strongest selling points for Huawei is the range of their reach in the ICT market. The FusionCloud Data Center Virtualization Solution is an “all-in-one” solution not commonly found today. Huawei is historically known for its work with servers and competition with companies like IBM and HP, but today they have products and services in servers, broadband access, telecom solutions, video surveillance, security, routers, storage, and cloud computing and data virtualization, obviously, amongst others. Many of Huawei’s largest competitors can’t make this claim. The completeness of Huawei’s package makes it appealing to customers as well as easier to service if any problems are encountered.
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Huawei’s FusionCloud Solution allows businesses to more than double their utilization when compared to traditional IT platforms while simultaneously decreasing power consumption. Disaster recovery speeds are on the order of a few minutes instead of a few hours, and applications can go to market in a few weeks instead of a few months. Moreover, the cloud platform Huawei offers allows businesses to more flexible, streamlined and efficient instead of the disjointed flow associated with traditional IT platforms.
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Huawei was listed as one of the top competitors in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure from 2015. As Huawei continues to develop its products and expand into more and more markets, it’s likely to become more competitive. Some of its closest competitors include Citrix, Oracle, and Red Hat, and Huawei will surely become competitive with the bigger-name players like Microsoft and VMware as time goes on. One of the biggest challenges Huawei faces right now is breaking into more mature markets (i.e. North America, where VMware and Microsoft dominate the scene). Huawei is popular in places like China (where Huawei is based out of), Brazil, India, and Russia. If Huawei can manage to overcome many of its geopolitical issues, their products should start popping up more and more frequently in the United States and other markets.
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Some of Huawei’s customers for various products include Jindal Steel & Power, China Mobile, Deloitte, IMG, IBECO, T-Mobile, and TelecityGroup. Over 260 companies in more than 40 countries have started using Huawei’s FusionSphere and related software for applications in education, media, manufacturing, energy, finance, and telecom. Additional information and white papers can be found on Huawei’s website as well as those listed below.
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Huawei’s next trade show is at Interlop in Las Vegas (booth 445). Their display will also include information on their Agile Campus, Agile Data Center, Enterprise LTE and SDN solutions. Huawei also has upcoming events internationally in both Europe and Asia. A complete list of upcoming events and exhibitions can be found here.
Huawei FusionSphere 5.0 White Paper
Huawei FusionSphere 5.0 Virtual Data Center White Paper
Huawei FusionSphere 5.0 Virtual Private Cloud White Paper
Watch here to learn more about FusionCloud.