Make progress to diversify and enrich the region’s cloud services market
Investments in the region’s digital economy are already starting to rebound in the first half of 2021, as many countries in the Middle East recover from the challenges of the past year.
Analysts expect IT spending to grow year over year, with investment in public and private cloud services expected to increase double digits. The events of the past year have placed more emphasis on the incredible benefits of cloud-based solutions for boosting employee productivity, business continuity and the creation of new value.
It has been a particularly exciting year for Huawei in the Middle East. We are now at an inflection point in our cloud business and we are redoubling our efforts in the region to support organizations in their digital transformation journeys.
All of this stems from an accumulation of ICT expertise for over 30 years. This vast experience now aims to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected and intelligent world. As part of this mission, we believe it is essential to deliver the ultimate computing power to deliver ubiquitous cloud and intelligence to the world.
To that end, one of the changes that our customers and partners will have seen is how Huawei is positioning itself in the cloud market. Over the past year in particular, we’ve evolved our cloud offering within a dedicated business group within Huawei, the Cloud and AI Business Group. This group still brings to market the same innovative cloud solutions that organizations have always expected from Huawei, but does so through a more focused approach and service offering. This is often represented by the Huawei Cloud brand, which debuted in 2017 as an umbrella for many of Huawei’s cloud services.
In 2020, Huawei Cloud joined the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Huawei Cloud services have been delivered in various parts of Asia, Europe and Latin America, which has allowed us to work with partners and research institutes to get through this difficult time together.
Today, a key part of our work is to diversify the cloud services ecosystem in the Middle East. This helps deliver a rich catalog of industry-specific Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions that can accelerate the digital transformation of businesses across the region. Through the Huawei Cloud brand, we have already implemented the ecosystem strategy of “co-creation, sharing and win-win”, using Huawei Cloud as the basis to build a “black soil” for the development of the cloud ecosystem .
We enhance the synergy between cloud, AI and connectivity to deliver public cloud services and hybrid cloud solutions that deliver multiple levels of added value, especially in terms of stability, reliability, security, reliability and sustainability.
Huawei Cloud has launched more than 220 cloud services and 210 solutions, and achieved more than 80 industry-recognized security certifications. Huawei Cloud works with more than 19,000 partners, including more than 13,000 consulting partners and more than 6,000 technology partners, and has brought together 1.6 million developers. To date, over 4,000 apps have been launched on the Huawei Cloud Marketplace.
In the Middle East in particular, in the last year and a half alone, we now have 66 SaaS partners working with us in the cloud realm, focusing on seven general business solutions ranging from OA collaboration to service client and call center, traditional business applications, security, AI applications, audio and video, and professional services. To date, we have also worked on industry specific scenarios in finance, education, healthcare and various others. We continue to diversify this ecosystem and welcome more partners to join us.
This ecosystem expansion is met by an expansion of our own Availability Zones (AZ) in the Middle East. This will allow us to offer customers more choices in the market and meet their data localization needs by working with a single end-to-end partner. We have done this quickly and successfully in geographies such as Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa. This is an ongoing effort, and today we are only scratching the surface of the potential we see in the Middle East.
This is, in short, where we see the cloud services market in the Middle East midway through 2021. It is a region full of potential, with a deep desire by governments and businesses to leverage the services. cloud to achieve their ambitions. By applying a laser-like lens to diversifying and enriching the region’s cloud services market, there is no limit to what can be accomplished.
The cloud is another area where we are pushing technology to its limits to bring the benefits of innovation to everyone. We want Huawei Cloud to be fertile ground for the smart world to flourish. We do this by providing stable, reliable, secure, trustworthy and sustainable cloud services that make it easier for our customers to develop applications and get more out of their data.
Omar Akar is Vice President and General Manager – Cloud and AI Business Group at Huawei Middle East