Huawei Technologies: Constructing a Better Networked World

Huawei Technologies: Constructing a Better Networked World

Ian Foo, Director, Product Marketing & Management; Global Enterprise Marketing, Huawei TechnologiesIan Foo, Director, Product Marketing & Management; Global Enterprise Marketing
During the software-ization of legacy enterprise network Software Defined Networking (SDN) has gained a major attention from organizations around the world. Project ‘OpenDayLight’, by the Linux foundation, encouraged CIOs across industries to adopt the ‘centrally controllable software oriented network’. However, the ‘newness’ of SDN, combined with its departure from traditional networking models, continues to create several concerns amongst such CIOs and the other stakeholders. “There are concerns around the availability of the SDN controller—which directly impacts the accessibility of the network— leading to the apprehension in shifting towards SDN,” begins Ian Foo, Director, Product Marketing & Management; Global Enterprise Marketing, Huawei Technologies. Huawei’s ‘fail safe’ SDN solution—that scales the operation at the entire network level across externalized individual components—was engineered to cater to this situation.

“Our SDN technology transforms IT infrastructure from traditional static model capabilities into programmable automation optimized environments that significantly improves application deployment velocity and service innovation,” says Foo. This helps IT to become more responsive to fast changing market pressures, customer needs, and competitive dynamics. Huawei’s various enterprise Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions like Agile Campus Network Solution, Cloud Fabric Data Center Network Solution, and Agile WAN Solution are tailored to enable the enterprise to follow an open framework and ecosystem for better agility and visibility.

The Agile Campus Network Solution leverages SDN and platform programmability to provide a converged access network in which wired and wireless LAN are identical. Likewise, to reduce the time to deployment of new applications and services in the data center—while improving overall visibility and operations—the firm offers The Cloud Fabric Data Center solution.

In the SDN space we are contributors to efforts such as the Open Network Foundation, the ONOS Project, and OpenDaylight

It provides a highly open, service focused, SDN architecture to simplify data center network construction based on Huawei’s comprehensive network products.

Similarly, Huawei’s agile WAN solution applies SDN constructs and technologies to enable intelligent WAN utilization and optimization. “By providing granular traffic engineering capabilities with analytics based optimization capabilities, our SD-WAN solution can increase utilization efficiency of WAN resources from the typical 30 percent up to around 80,” says Foo. While the firm’s solutions address different key areas of the enterprise network, the consistent benefits are faster deployability of new services that enables innovation at the business level, while reducing Operations and Maintenance (O&M) complexity. Huawei’s ICT solutions allow operations team to simplify the complex virtual network environment by selecting a specific flow through the various levels of abstraction. It assists operations team to gain visibility for locating and resolving an issue in the network.

Over the years, Huawei has invested broadly in the networking and telecommunication space by spending over 14 percent of revenue in R&D. “In the SDN space we are contributors to efforts such as the Open Network Foundation, the ONOS Project, and OpenDaylight,” says Foo. With a longstanding background in the carrier and service provider space, the company is focused to offer the customized solutions and customer focused innovation according to market requirement. While in the enterprise market space, Huawei enjoys the advantage of openly adopting new paradigm shifts that SDN brings to the industry. “This allows us to be dedicated to open systems, solutions, and ecosystem partnerships in which multivendor interoperability, mixed environments, and flexibility are customer requirements,” adds Foo. In the coming years, Huawei’s vision is to serve the telecommunication and SDN marketplace in ‘Building a Better Connected World’.

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Electric Power Industry Needs Urgent Transformation, Huawei's New ICT Empowers Smart Grids

SHENZHEN -- Today marked the Seventh Huawei Global Power Summit themed "Bits Drive Watts, Building a Fully Connected Smart Grid". Held online, the summit invited global customers, partners, industry experts, and thought leaders in the electric power industry to discuss the impact and response to this year's pandemic, and political and economic uncertainties. The electric power market continues to represent huge potential while the industry need to build reliable, cost-effective, efficient, and green power grids with a more efficient and reasonable energy supply.

Seize the Opportunity to Transform the Electric Power Industry

Electric power companies around the world are looking to improve quality and efficiency by deploying data centers and reconstructing management platforms. They aim to provide more reliable, efficient, and green energy while ensuring grid security, and offer more value-added services through the energy Internet to drive social development. However, conventional operational models and technologies fail to support this transformation. As such, the global electric power industry needs to consider how to adapt to new trends; how can grids detect security issues in real time and respond quickly; how can we make better use of clean energy and reduce carbon emissions? How can energy networks match the rapidly expanding charging pile network and achieve efficient management?

To change agents, challenges mean opportunities. "Huawei helps customers cope with these industry challenges and seize future opportunities through digital transformation," said David Sun, Vice President of Huawei Enterprise BG and President of the Global Energy Business Unit.

Huawei seamlessly integrates 5G, IoT, optical, IP, cloud, big data, and AI technologies into power systems. Together with partners, Huawei has launched smart service solutions, such as AI-powered grid inspection and distribution IoT, covering power generation, transmission, transformation, distribution, and consumption. These enable comprehensive sensing, interconnection, and service intelligence of various power terminals.

Mr. Sun also noted that "Huawei looks forward to sharing the digital transformation experience of China's electric power and other industries with more customers, drive watts with bits, and build smart grids to help global electric power companies accelerate development."

New ICT Empowers Smart Grids

An increasing number of electric power companies identify their digital transformation strategies as their priority. At the summit, Huawei and industry leaders illustrated the importance of 5G, AI, big data, and cloud computing for this process.

For example, China Southern Power Grid (CSG) finds that power distribution networks and users require power grid communication that features wide connectivity, high bandwidth, low latency, high reliability, and fast deployment. These features ensure intelligent power distribution and metering, and facilitate the development of smart home and Internet of Vehicles (IoV). In response, Huawei's advanced 5G slicing technology enables end-to-end communication of smart grids, ensuring secure and reliable power distribution networks as well as improved efficiency.

CSG has summarized 53 typical service scenarios covering power generation, transmission, distribution, transformation, consumption, and integrated services, according to Yang Junquan, Deputy General Manager of CSG Power Dispatch and Control Center. He also expects more 5G applications to emerge in the near future.

HUAWEI CLOUD and data platform provide mass data storage and computing capabilities. Together, they integrate data assets from multiple systems of a power grid company into one platform. Through high-speed data processing and sharing, the platform helps complete various challenging tasks.

For example, Qinghai Province in China aims to achieve 100% green energy consumption and supply in the long term. Together with Huawei, the province has leveraged cloud computing to construct a new energy data center powered by AI and big data capabilities. Now, the provincial electric power company can predict the renewable energy yield simply based on the weather forecast. With multi-energy compensation, the total power output to access the grid will be more stable. By implementing these high-tech strategies, in 2019, Qinghai maintained 100% green energy generation for 15 consecutive days. In this case, clean energy consumption has been supported through digital and smart means.

New ICT can also improve the O&M efficiency of electric power companies. The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) worked with Huawei to build a digital platform, IoT platform, and cloud, which reduces the time it takes to collect and store data from four hours to 30 minutes for its Henan branch.

Huawei embeds AI modules into cameras and drones, enabling the O&M team to remotely monitor power transmission lines and detect faults. Thanks to this, the Shenzhen Power Supply Bureau reduced its grid inspection time from 20 days to 2 hours and the time to capture images from hours to minutes. It has also achieved over 90% image analysis accuracy.

Huawei will centrally deploy and remotely manage millions of EVs and charging piles through the cloud, improve charging efficiency and battery lifespan management through AI-powered data analysis, and increase management efficiency using 5G high-speed networks.

Providing digital services by leveraging abundant fiber and site resources and innovative ICT solutions has become one of the major digital transformation trends for global electric power companies.

Cloud, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and 5G are already reshaping the Oil and Gas Industry " Huawei drives the intelligent transformation of the sector

SHENZHEN, China - Today, the Huawei Oil & Gas Virtual Summit 2020 ( ” exploring 'Data to Barrel' ” was successfully hosted online. The summit gathered together global customers, industry partners, and thought leaders ” including representatives from the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Schlumberger SIS, and the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) of French giant TOTAL ” to share their experiences of helping oil and gas companies increase profits while cutting costs, creating added value through digital transformation. Key suggestions on how the industry can overcome challenges at this particular point in time, adapting to the new normal of the pandemic and post-pandemic periods, were also fully explored.

The Oil and Gas Industry Faces Upheaval: Huawei is Positioned to Help

In the first half of 2020, due to the global economic downturn amid the spread of COVID-19, international oil prices fell to a low of 30 dollars per barrel. In May, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures prices even turned negative, a historically unprecedented event. Undoubtedly, the oil and gas industry has entered an extremely difficult period and is witnessing changes, the likes of which have not been seen for over a century.

Huawei has been working hard to help oil and gas customers cope with these current challenges. David Sun, Vice President of Huawei's Enterprise Business Group and Director of the Global Energy Business Department, noted that, over the past decade, Huawei has partnered with customers in the oil and gas industry and together witnessed oil prices peak at 120 dollars per barrel, as well as fall to that low of 30 dollars. Along the way, Huawei's role has changed ” and upgraded ” with the support and help of oil and gas companies. Evolving from a vendor that simply provided switches, routers, and network devices, to becoming a full partner dedicated to providing digital transformation solutions, Huawei works with partners and customers alike to jointly promote the application of 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and big data in the oil and gas industry. It continues to explore new technologies and applications, where solutions to the current challenges lie.

Indeed, using elastic computing, big data analytics, AI, and cloud data centers, Huawei has already helped oil and gas customers achieve digital transformation, promoting the construction of intelligent oilfields and increasing oil and gas reserves.

Working with partners, Huawei planned and built a computing AI platform for an industry customer, to implement AI training and big data analytics. This has, in turn, led to an increase in both oil and gas reserves and in production. Indeed, solutions have been implemented in various scenarios, including artificial-lift fault diagnosis, well-logging and reservoir identification, and seismic first arrival wave identification, extracting significant value from underutilized ” formerly 'useless' ” data.

In the words of Dr. Mohamed Akoum from ADNOC: In an era of change for industries around the world, ADNOC continues to drive innovation and embed advanced technologies across its value chain to optimize performance, boost profitability and build resilience.

New ICT Technologies Reshape the Oil and Gas Industry: Huawei Offers a Wealth of Experience

Today, 150 years after the first successful extraction of oil from a drilled well, accessible underground oil resources have been all but exhausted. Oil companies, by necessity, are therefore now exploring deep-water, pre-salt, and unconventional reservoirs.

At 60 years old, Daqing Oilfield ” the largest oilfield in China, situated in Heilongjiang, the country's northernmost province ” has faced enormous challenges in terms of reserve replacement, stable production pressure, cost reductions, and efficiency improvements.

At the Huawei Oil & Gas Virtual Summit 2020, Zhang Tiegang, former Deputy Chief Engineer of the Exploration and Development Research Institute at Daqing Oilfield, explained that seismic exploration technologies to detect oil and gas reserves have been the method of choice for most oil companies. Increasing seismic exploration while decreasing well drilling, he noted, has become a new measure widely used in the industry. However, high precision and massive data processing have brought their own challenges to seismic exploration and oilfield exploration and development. With a single seismic exploration work area now expanded to over 2000 square kilometers, the volume of data collected through the broadband, wide-azimuth, and high-density seismic data collection technology has exceeded 1 TB per square kilometer.

To help Daqing Oilfield address these issues, Huawei built a dedicated oil and gas exploration cloud. The cloud data center improves computing power by eight times and has similarly improved prestack seismic data processing capability by five times, from 400 square kilometers to 2000 square kilometers, matching work area requirements. Elsewhere, AI and big data capabilities have been used to re-analyze 10 PB of the customer's historical exploration data, to mine new value from it and support extraction decision-making, bringing huge additional value to the oilfield.

Huawei is empowering a wide range of industries through 5G networking. In the oil and gas industry, 5G technologies are changing the operation modes of seismic data collection. Huawei has put 5G network features to work ” including high bandwidth, wide connectivity, and low latency ” to help achieve high-speed backhaul of seismic data, reducing the manual cabling workload and significantly improving the efficiency of seismic data collection.

Elsewhere, Huawei 5G networks are already being used in oilfields and stations to support robot inspection, drone inspection, and Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) applications.

Additionally, the Huawei Horizon Digital Platform helps oil and gas customers break down legacy siloed service systems and quickly release service applications as micro-services, to meet the complex and changing needs of the industry. For example, Huawei has deployed an enterprise cloud for SONATRACH, the national state-owned oil company of Algeria. The cloud-based solution manages and coordinates multiple data centers, eliminates resource silos, and greatly improves overall operation efficiency.

As a global ICT solutions provider, Huawei is committed to bringing digital to every oil and gas company. At the Huawei Oil & Gas Virtual Summit 2020, Wang Hao, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Oil & Gas Development Department for Huawei's Enterprise Business Group, said that Huawei will use ICT as a new engine to work even more closely with industry customers in challenging times. Indeed, Huawei is already working with 19 of the top 30 oil and gas companies, in 45 countries and regions around the world, helping them achieve digital transformation. Ultimately, this will bring more benefits to the upstream, more security to the midstream, and more value to the downstream.

Such innovative ICT technologies ” AI, cloud, edge computing, and 5G ” will reshape the oil and gas industry. As David Sun concluded at the Huawei Oil & Gas Virtual Summit 2020: "According to IDC's latest survey, Chinese industrial users see Huawei as the digital transformation leader, ranking number one. In the future, we hope to share Huawei's digital transformation capabilities and experiences in China's oil and gas industry with global customers, to help achieve ever greater business success."