[OTTAWA, Ontario – June 14, 2011] – Huawei, TELUS and Carleton signed a more than $1.4 million deal today to establish a research lab dedicated to enterprise cloud services. Located in Carleton University's new Canal engineering building, the Huawei-TELUS Innovation Centre for Enterprise Cloud Services will give students, faculty and industry an opportunity to research real-world problems associated with cloud computing such as security and performance issues.
"Huawei continues to focus on customer-centric innovation in support of Canada's thriving Digital Economic Strategy," said Sean Yang, President of Huawei Canada. "In addition to the joint innovation centre we announced with TELUS earlier in the year, this new lab, another strategic partnership with TELUS, is dedicated to enterprise cloud services, and underscores our commitment to bringing leading technologies and solutions to our key customers. We have a long-term commitment to the Canadian market, and will continue to contribute to the local community by sponsoring, funding, and collaborating with universities across the nation."
"The research that will be undertaken in this new lab will lead to solutions for real-world problems associated with the field of cloud computing," said Ibrahim Gedeon, TELUS' Chief Technology Officer. "This agreement continues to demonstrate the value of our choice of Huawei in terms of the right strategic partner for now and into the future."
"This innovative partnership will lead to exciting research and development possibilities for Carleton students and staff at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The new lab being located at Carleton in the nation's capital is yet another sign that high tech is again on the move in Ottawa, providing our students with hands-on, real-world experience that will give them a competitive edge in the Ottawa job market," said Rafik Goubran, dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University.
The lab will be used to drive student interest in cloud services with Huawei equipment leveraging TELUS services to benefit course work, senior-year projects and graduate research. The lab will be directed by a member oversight committee led by representatives from Huawei, TELUS, and Carleton University.
Cloud computing allows people to acquire resources on demand from a service provider (SP) and store data on the service provider's system rather than hosting this information on their own computers. The term "cloud computing" refers to the information which is processed and stored on computers that are offsite, often in a location unknown to the client and accessed via the Internet. Enterprise cloud computing offers resource sharing within one business or enterprise and provides secure, fast and flexible sharing of computer power, storage and software focusing on one company's or business's individual demands.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.9 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million customer connections including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 350,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Ten TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com. To learn more about TELUS' commitment to the community, please visit TELUS.com/community.
About Carleton University
Located in the nation's capital, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff and researchers provide more than 25,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more than 65 programs of study, including public affairs, journalism, film studies, engineering, high technology, and international studies. Carleton's creative, interdisciplinary and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative works in science and technology, business, governance, public policy and the arts. As an innovative institution Carleton is uniquely committed to developing solutions to real-world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding daily.