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Huawei to invest £3 billion in the UK

Huawei is looking at shifting all the cash it is spending in the US to the UK.

The announcement follows the National Cyber Security Centre saying the vendor will not be treated as harshly as it was in the US.

The NCSC said it it believed it could mitigate any security concerns related to China, although the final decision as to whether Huawei will be allowed to work on the UK’s 5G network will be made by the government.

Chinese smartphones conquering Europe

Despite the US crackdown, Chinese devices are doing really well in Europe, according to Canalys beancounters.

According to Canalys, preventing the likes of Huawei and Xiaomi from operating in the States means they are investing in Europe to make up for their lost US business and have experienced significant sales gains.

Although Samsung still ranks number one in the continent and Apple remains a number two, Huawei’s market share now stands at 23.6 percent, compared to a market share of 14.8 percent last year.  Xiaomi’s grew from 3.6 to  six percent, the fourth position.

Huawei CEO said he would shut the company before spying

Huawei’s CEO, Ren Zhengfei, bluntly told the press that he would shut his company rather than hand over data to the Chinese government.

For those who came in late, the US has been telling anyone who listens that Huawei is using its network equipment to spy on people.  No evidence has ever been supplied, but that has not stopped Huawei losing lucrative government contracts.

Dell rulez servers

Tin box shifter Michael Dell took the number one position in the worldwide vendor server market for the third quarter of 2018, according to beancounters at IDC.

It had 17.5 percent of market share, followed by HPE at 16.3 percent. HPE had held top position for the same period in 2017.

Overall revenue in the global server market increased 37.7 percent year-on-year to $23.4 billion in the third quarter, marking its highest total revenue in a single quarter.

Tablet sales come back from the dead

While most of us have written off tablets as a marketing fad which went no-where, it appears that they are going to end up in someone’s Christmas stocking, where they will be as useful as a bright green jumper with Santa on the front.

Figures from Context indicated that across Western Europe volume sales of tablets were up by 21 percent in October year-on-year challenging those that have argued the form factor is out of

Network switch and routers see huge growth

Beancounters at Synergy Research have been adding up some numbers and concluded that the networking switch and router market is growing like crazy.

The sector saw its most significant ever quarterly sales in the third quarter, with revenue passing the $11 billion and has been growing at roughly one per cent annually, with Cisco continuing to dominate.

The analyst claims that the networking giant has 53 percent of the

Huawei thanks channel for growth in vertical markets

huawei-liveHuawei has thanked its channel for helping it gain more share in important vertical markets, last week.

The outfit held its UK enterprise partner summit in London and has said that it saw huge gains in the UK market.

Huawei UK enterprise managing director Robert Yang said that thanks to the work of our committed partners, Huawei is making significant progress in the UK market across a range of vertical sectors including Public Sector, Finance and Commercial.

The vendor had played its part in making sure that the channel was given support through the sales process, Yang said

“The goal is to always enable our partners to develop their service capability and become self-sufficient. We’re continuing to invest in all areas of our business in order to support our partners to grow their business and increase our market share”, he added.



Dell worries about Huawei

wfxclbexksl44fd3lpoeDell has suddenly found a serious rival in the Chinese outfit Huawei.

Dell’s global channel boss Joyce Mullen told the assembled throngs at Dell Technologies World, that Huawei has been “growing like crazy in multiple countries” in the last few years, and predicted that the Chinese vendor would “keep us on our toes for a long time”.

She said that Dell’s added breadth and scale since acquiring EMC and bringing its seven business units together have not made it impervious to the competition and she was worried about a lot of competitors.

“We have to be mindful of the companies that are trying to be as broad as we are. There are a couple out there – maybe they’re not our traditional competitors we think about – but, for example, Huawei is a super-interesting competitor that is going to keep us on our toes for a long time.

“We don’t see them as much in the US, but they’re growing like crazy in multiple countries.We are also potentially vulnerable to specialists. I think about a lot of specialists targeting our server business, a lot of specialists targeting our storage business and our data protection business – all that stuff.”

Last year, Huawei announced plans to launch three PC models to the consumer market, putting the vendor in direct competition with incumbents Dell, HP and Lenovo. Reuters reported that Huawei plans to launch its PCs into 12 countries globally.

Fortunately for Dell, the Chinese vendor has found itself ostracised from the US market over national security concerns. Indeed, in 2017, the Americas was the only region that saw declines for Huawei as revenues fell by 11 percent.


AWS, VMware, Microsoft and Symantec are pants vendors

hqdefaultAWS, APC, Citrix, Huawei, McAfee, Microsoft, Symantec, Veritas and VMware are lowest-scoring vendors in a channel management survey according to research outfit Canalys.

The Canalys Leadership Matrix was based on more than 2,700 responses from EMEA channel partners who were asked to rate their vendor partners across ten areas of channel management.

Canalys divided the results into four: “Champions”, “Growers”, “Contenders” and “Stragglers”, the survey also judges vendors on how their standing in the Leadership Matrix has changed.

Nine companies were placed in Canalys’ “Stragglers” quadrant, reserved for vendors that “have shown significant weakness in areas of channel management” or “have seen a deterioration in partner relationships, either by choice or mistake”.

AWS, APC, Citrix, Huawei, McAfee, Microsoft, Symantec, Veritas and VMware were all named as channel Stragglers in the survey.

Vole and VMware, two firms which have “highly successful businesses built on sales via partners,” were named and shamed in the report with Canalys saying that there was “a growing wave of channel dissatisfaction with both brands”.

Dell EMC’s appointment as an “official distributor” of VMware licences last year dealt a blow to its resellers and distributors and likely prompted a fall from grace among partners.

Canalys claimed that Microsoft, meanwhile, has been “accused of squeezing channel margins” through its Cloud Solution Provider partner programme.

The top-scoring vendors in the survey included Fujitsu, Cisco, Lenovo, Palo Alto Networks and Veeam. Canalys said that  Cisco’s quality of technical support for partners remains unparalleled when compared with its competitors, while Lenovo’s “Channel 2.0” initiative, which sought to simplify partner incentives, was well received by the channel.

Apple’s  overall rating was still relatively low compared with its peers, and its resellers still suffer from “low margin potential” and “rigid terms and conditions” from the vendor.


Huawei cleans up as tablet market falls

cheap-tabletsHuawei was the only vendor to see growth in its tablet business in Q4 last year, according to beancounters at IDC

Western European tablet shipments declined 13.1 year on year, and only ten million tablet units were shipped in Q4 2017, with Apple, Samsung, Amazon and Lenovo all suffering.

Apple remained the market leader, with a share of 24.1 percent but was down one percent on the same period in 2016.

Third-placed Amazon saw the most significant decline at 19.2 percent. However, Huawei, while having a market share of only 5.6 percent, saw its tablet business grow 27.7 percent.

IDC senior research analyst Daniel Goncalves said: “Profitability is increasingly becoming the focus among the most important tablet manufacturers.

“The performance of Apple and Samsung, the two main players in the western European market, together representing over 40 percent of all tablet shipments, reflects the increasing concern for value over volume. Both posted double-digit growth in revenue YoY, despite the single-digit declines YoY in units.”

Slate tablets were branded the primary cause for the shipments drop by IDC, with this market segment falling 15.4 percent. Premium detachable devices saw shipments increase 8.5 percent.

Honor ebrand crosses 40 million sales threshold

huawei-honor-8-0038-007Huawei’s ebrand Honor has passed a mile stone for a sales model which has managed to dust up the smartphone channel.

Honor has announced that its Honor X series, including smartphones from Honor 4X to Honor 7X, achieved overwhelming sales performance with more than 40 million units sold in the global market

Honor 7X launched in China in October 2017 and is made available to users worldwide recently. In China, the new smartphone achieved remarkable sales results during “Singles’ Day”, the most critical annual shopping festival, on 11 November this year. 300,000 units of Honor 7X were sold within the first two hours of Singles’ Day on Tmall.com, China’s largest online retail platform operated by Alibaba, making the smartphone at the top of overall bestsellers in the price range of RMB 1,000 to 1,999.

The new smartphone also received positive user feedback and sales results globally. Compared to Honor 6X, Honor 7X sales doubled in the first two weeks of its global launch in London, on 5 December.

In India, three rounds of flash sales with a limited number of Honor 7X were announced in India right after the global launch, and 20,000 units were sold out in one hour of each flash sales.

In Russia where Honor is a top-three smartphone brand, the sales of Honor 7X was triple that of Honor 6X in the first two weeks of the global launch, accelerating the already strong momentum in the country.

In the United States, Honor 7X achieved a 250 percent growth in pre-paid orders from 5th Dec to 14th Dec compared to the sales of Honor 6X during the first ten days of its debut.

Honor sells products primarily online via its sites as well as via third-party online retailers. Some Honor products are available to purchase at stores in select markets. Honor can offer smartphones at lower prices because the company saves money by operating online.


Huawei launches a mobile cloud

56f884651f7b35416b9b4ca955d350b3--pom-pom-mobile-cloud-mobileHuawei is launching its own Mobile Cloud service.

The Chinese company promises that the service will allow consumers to backup and restore their data and phone settings wirelessly, synchronise and easily transfer data across Huawei mobile devices, as well as store and access files safely using Cloud Drive. Subscribed users to the Huawei Mobile Cloud will receive 5GB of free cloud storage.

From September onwards, the Huawei Mobile Cloud update will be gradually rolled out on the Huawei P10, P10 Plus, P10 lite and Nova 2, with other models to follow in due course. All photos and videos taken with the camera, screenshots and screen recordings can be automatically backed up to Cloud. Users can simply access them from their browser at cloud.huawei.com or from the Gallery App on their device.

Data can also be automatically synchronised across all Huawei mobile phones, so it’s quick and easy to access Contacts, Calendar, Wi-Fi and Notes using the Huawei ID. This data can also be managed through the Cloud Web Portal. At launch, Huawei Mobile Cloud will offer 5GB of free cloud storage and there will be the option to upgrade and purchase more storage plans from 2018 onwards.

Security conscious consumers will be safe in the knowledge that all data is stored exclusively within the EU on European servers, in compliance with EU Data Protection and Privacy Laws. All the services have been designed with user privacy in mind and the Huawei Mobile Cloud Services are certified by CSA Star.

Huawei Western Europe’s consumer business  president of Walter Ji, said: “The launch of Huawei Mobile Cloud highlights our commitment as a business to creating a more convenient mobile experience for our users, all the while assuring them that their data can easily be backed up and restored, as well as remaining secure. All files and photos stay within EU servers and we have local Legal, Security and Privacy expert teams in EU, to give users complete peace of mind.”


Huawei announces its cunning cloud plans

cunning-planHuawei has been showing off its latest enterprise service strategy designed to support companies undergoing cloud transformation.

Huawei wants to become an industry cloud enabler and a strategic partner to customers across diverse industries by investing USD 500 million in the development of cloud-based professional services, a cloud platform and cloud ecosystem.

This will provide customers with end-to-end cloud transformation service solutions enabling them to build, use, and manage their cloud platforms effectively.

Sun Maolu, President of Technical Service Department for Huawei Enterprise Business Group, said: “With the emergence of a ‘Cloud Only’ era, Huawei is adopting a long term cloud transformation service strategy to support our enterprise customers in their journey to the cloud. Our services strategy centers on the concept of ‘Grow with the Cloud’ and becoming an industry cloud enabler.”

Huawei’s enterprise services will focus on four key areas including cloud innovation, creating a digital platform, supporting smart operations and enabling businesses.

To drive this strategy forward, Huawei will continue to increase its investment in the development of service solutions and Global Service Centers, and tools, platforms and verification labs for professional services.

“In the next five years, we will also focus on research and development of industry clouds, increasing our annual investment by more than 50%. To meet enterprise demand for ICT talent in the cloud era, Huawei will provide a new certification scheme to train ICT architects, ICT developers and industry-specific ICT experts. By 2021, it is estimated that more than 150,000 cloud and industry-specific ICT professionals will have been certified by Huawei,” Maolu said.

The big idea is based around the concept that as enterprises embrace cloud transformation, they will face a new set of challenges across strategy, planning, requirement analysis, business integration, application system evaluation, technology selection, roadmap design, deployment, operations & maintenance (O&M) management, and information security.

According to Xu Jingbin, Director of IT Technical Service Department for Huawei Enterprise Business Group: “With a track record of industry cloud solution delivery, Huawei works closely with our partners to develop end-to-end industry cloud transformation services that cover consulting, assessment, planning and design, migration, disaster recovery (DR), security, and O&M.”

Huawei provides a sophisticated migration process with 4 stages and 17 steps, and professional migration tools developed in-house, which have helped more than 1,000 customers migrate their businesses to the cloud smoothly and efficiently, he added.

To help customers through their cloud transformation, Huawei will invest more than USD 500 million in the next five years to develop all-scenario services and integrated verification capabilities for its enterprise services.

Leslie Rosenberg, IDC Research Director, said: “Huawei invests heavily in the development of Intellectual Property through the establishment of R&D centers to accelerate innovation, differentiation and delivery of its services.  The company has skilled services personnel as well as a channel ecosystem around the globe for consistent consulting and integration engagements.

In a recent IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Network Consulting Services 2017 Vendor Assessment, Huawei is positioned as a Major Player, for its global capabilities and R+D strength.  Additionally, end users surveyed in the study cited Huawei for its ability to lower operational costs and improve security as well as its ability to deliver reliability, quality and adaptability to customer needs and requirements.”



Huawei wants to build cloud alliance

grandpa_simpson_yelling_at_cloudHuawei wants to build “one of the world’s five clouds”, and take on the public cloud giants Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google and IBM.

Huawei’s rotating and spinning CEO Guo Ping said the cloud is a cornerstone of the intelligent world.

Talking to the assembled throngs at Huawei Connect 2017, in Shanghai, China. Ping pointed to Huawei’s “long-term, strategic investment in public cloud”.

Ping said the vendor was partnering with carriers Deutsche Telekom, Orange and Telefonica internationally to provide public cloud services. This would work with partners “99 percent of the time” to bring its products to the non-Chinese market.

He compared the new “cloud alliance” to airlines’ partner alliances, “which take passengers wherever they need to go in the world.

“These telcos have established trust and relationships with governments and large enterprises. That’s the model we will build on. Huawei has never taken shortcuts and we never will… It’s the same for Huawei Cloud. We will work with partners to build a cloud alliance.”

Ping believes Huawei differs from its rivals in that it doesn’t look to monetise its customers’ data.

“In 2015 we launched our cloud strategy and we said our public cloud wouldn’t touch the customer’s applications or data. We commit to that again, that without the consent of the customer, Huawei Cloud won’t monetize their data. “We won’t turn their data into our own and profit from it.”

Zheng Yelai, president of Huawei Cloud BU and IT product line, admitted Huawei wasn’t yet “the best player, but we are the fastest moving player making progress. Huawei is not a great talker about ideas, but we are a great doer in making them happen”,  he said.