HUAWEI CONNECT 2021 started last week online and is still ongoing till October 31. The theme of this year's event is Dive into Digital – into the practical application of technologies like cloud, AI, and 5G in all industries, and how they can make organizations of all shapes and sizes more efficient, more versatile, and ultimately more resilient as the world moves towards economic recovery.
The keynote speech was giving by Zhang Ping'an, CEO of HUAWEI CLOUD and President of Huawei Consumer Cloud Service, who announced all in all ten new services, including MacroVerse aPaaS, OptVerse AI Solver, HUAWEI CLOUD Stack 8.1, Pangu drug molecule model, and SparkRTC, as well as the first virtual human, Yunsheng.
"For the past 30 years, Huawei has been relentless in connecting the world. For the next 30 years, we build the cloud foundation for an intelligent future – Infrastructure as a Service for global accessibility, Technology as a Service for flexible innovation, and Expertise as a Service for shared excellence. Digitalization is a wealth of opportunities, and we call on all to think cloud native, act cloud native. Let's dive into digital and into the potential of Everything as a Service," Zhang emphasized in his speech and presented numerous success stories to illustrate how it can be the key to success.
Infrastructure as a Service for Global Accessibility
Currently, HUAWEI CLOUD continues to expand its global data center and network vision to connect the globe with a seamless media experience for customers. So far, it operates with partners 61 Availability Zones (AZs) in 27 geographic regions worldwide, covering more than 170 countries and regions. Besides, HUAWEI CLOUD works towards a global cloud alliance, giving customers and partners access to cloud resources with a single account, interface, and invoice.
And since audio-visual network services are now a basic requirement for many digital applications HUAWEI launched SparkRTC, a real-time audio and video cloud service that covers more than 170 countries and regions with a reliability up to 99.99% and latency under 200 ms.
Technology as a Service for Flexible Innovation
Usually, business customers try to avoid "reinventing the wheel", but rather opt for solutions that will help them use cutting-edge digital technologies conveniently so that they can focus more on innovations that e.g., reduce costs and increase efficiency. Therefore, most probably they will welcome Huawei’s solutions that offers fundamental technologies such as operating systems, databases, AI, compilers, codecs, and algorithms to customers, partners, and developers across a wide variety of industries through cloud services that have been built by 100,000 engineers, according to Huawei, with an average annual R&D investment of USD10 billion.
In addition, Zhang Ping'an announced in his keynote speech three technical upgrades to HUAWEI CLOUD GaussDB, while HUAWEI CLOUD Stack was upgraded to 8.1., supporting now eight services, including AI inference, big data governance and cloud desktop, and providing more than 80 cloud services in 12 categories.
Furthermore, HUAWEI CLOUD's OptVerse AI Solver pushes operations research now beyond the limits of optimization, solving problems with hundreds of millions of variables at 100x computing speed thanks to distributed parallel acceleration. AI-enabled modeling is 30x more efficient than manual modeling, while AI-based adaptive tuning is 30% more efficient than manual parameter setting. Thanks to these metrics, OptVerse AI Solver ranks first on the Hans Mittelmann Benchmark for Simplex LP solvers.
The Pangu drug molecule model, a joint release by HUAWEI CLOUD and Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica (SIMM) of Chinese Academy of Sciences, was unveiled at the event too. This model learns the chemical structure of 1.7 billion small molecules and assists in drug design throughout the entire process for enhanced R&D efficiency. Among the first achievements of this model is a new broad-spectrum antimicrobial drug designed by the First Affiliated Hospital of Medical School of Xi'an Jiaotong University, who shortened the lead compound R&D cycle from several years to one month.
Expertise as a Service for Shared Excellence
Last of all, the MacroVerse aPaaS has been launched, positioned by HUAWEI CLOUD as the aPaaS for industries, that takes expertise and innovations from industry digital transformation and builds them into cloud platform services for industry developers.
MacroVerse provides mobile developers five digital engines: payment, search, browsing, map, and advertising. So, mobile applications, developed based on HUAWEI CLOUD, can be released to Huawei AppGallery with one click. In nine vertical markets, including industrial, automobile, retail, healthcare, interactive media and news, HUAWEI CLOUD MacroVerse provides more than 50 scenario-specific cloud services, 128 Kits, and over 20,000 APIs.
Huawei Hetu cloud integrates 2D or 3D digital information into any physical space to seamlessly merge the physical and digital worlds. It has been applied in more than 20 scenarios, including museums, shopping malls, and historical relics. HUAWEI CLOUD WeLink leverages Huawei's own digital office experience and has served 180 Fortune China 500 enterprises. In addition to a major upgrade, HUAWEI CLOUD WeLink will be launched in more countries this October. This new digital media pipeline automates film and television production and helped to create the first virtual human, Yunsheng, to join HUAWEI CLOUD.
As Zhang Ping'an said, digitalization is a wealth of opportunity, but the key is to think and act cloud native, and apply this all-digital, all-cloud, AI-driven mindset to explore the potential of everything as a service.
Four years into its development, HUAWEI CLOUD has attracted 2.3 million developers, 14,000 consulting partners, 6,000 technical partners, and released 4,500 Marketplace products. That’s prove enough that it has become an important platform for Internet companies and organizations to go digital. Clearly, HUAWEI CLOUD is committed to building the cloud foundation for an intelligent world with ubiquitous cloud and pervasive intelligence and an array of companies already joined hands with HUAWEI CLOUD to embrace digitalization.
Now, at the Huawei TECH4ALL Summit, Huawei called for more global partners to join the TECH4ALL digital inclusion initiative, which aims to build a more inclusive and intelligent world that leaves no one behind.
"If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together," said Huawei’s Tao Jingwen in his opening remarks. "We believe that more partners will work with us to advance the TECH4ALL action plan in the future. Join us for a more inclusive, intelligent world where no one is left behind."
Focus is on four areas: driving equity and quality in education, conserving nature with technology, driving inclusion and accessibility in health, and using ICT to boost rural development. HUAWEI believes this can be achieved with digital technologies, application enablement and digital skills. Besides that, co-operations with global partners are needed to promote and expand digital inclusion so that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be reached. (Source: Huawei)