Chinese Provider Huawei to Launch New Cloud Region in Singapore
February 24, 2019
Chinese telecommunications giant and cloud provider Huawei Technologies has announced it is to launch a new cloud region in Singapore. Huawei, which is more immediately recognized as a smartphone producer, has global headquarters in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, and US headquarters in Plano, Texas. The company’s information and communications technology (ICT) activity extends to infrastructure and cloud services. Established in 1987, Huawei has a truly global presence and some 180,000 employees in more than 170 countries and regions. Its cloud services are extensive, and by the end of 2018 it had launched more than 160 cloud services and 140 solutions. These include HCS, SAP, and HPC.
Designed to compete with rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Alibaba Cloud, Huawei Cloud’s public cloud services leverage an OpenStack-powered unified architecture. Its new Singapore cloud region will cater to the government bodies, financial services entities, and companies in the area that are fueling greater demand for its cloud services. The company has a particular focus on Chinese companies expanding overseas. At the moment Huawei Cloud in Singapore operates only one data center, but it has plans to establish two more facilities in the near future.
“These cloud services, which offer low latency and high cost-efficiency, will leverage the high-performance chips, servers, storage and network equipment that Huawei has developed, as well as the high-speed networks we have constructed with carriers in Asia Pacific,” explained the President of Huawei Cloud in APAC, Roben Wang.
Huawei has been in the news recently because last year six U.S. intelligence agencies told a Senate committee they didn't trust the company. As a result US President Donald Trump is currently considering a formal US ban on Huawei and its Chinese rival ZTE. Additionally, Canada arrested Huawei’s CFO at the request of US authorities last year. Despite not having full access to the US mobile phone market Huawei is the second largest provider globally, and is a leading 5G services provider globally.