Powering all-scenario AI with Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud is the ideal platform for developers & for organizations to deploy intelligence.

By Lv Yangming, President, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud BU, Huawei
Lv Yangming

As demand for intelligent, online digital services continues to surge, governments and businesses are integrating AI throughout transformation. Their applications are migrating to the cloud faster and evolving based on massive amounts of data, apps, AI, and industry know-how. These applications will create more value if they combine new technologies with business dynamics and customer needs.

The shift to digital is opening up a plethora of business opportunities for application developers. But many challenges lie ahead, stopping governments and businesses from moving key applications to cloud.

  • Developers need easier and faster access to the latest technologies on the cloud, as well as the ability to continuously evolve the technologies they use. Developers also need industry know-how to create unique applications for target sectors.
  • The cloud must support on-premises deployment and suit current O&M practices to keep data secure and meet compliance requirements.
  • Edge cloud must be available to provide computing power wherever needed. This means the cloud must provide ubiquitous coverage.
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Neither traditional private cloud nor public cloud solutions can address all of these challenges. That's where HUAWEI CLOUD’s hybrid cloud comes into play for governments and enterprises.

Redefines hybrid cloud: The ideal platform for intelligent transformation

Huawei's customers and partners can build an Intelligent Twin to craft their own intelligent solutions. The Intelligent Twin’s comprises intelligent hub acts as the brain and decision maker, underpinned by a hybrid cloud and three types of enablement capabilities: application, data, and AI. These elements are essential for the intelligent hub to support intelligent applications across all scenarios.

HUAWEI CLOUD hybrid cloud can continuously synchronize with public cloud capabilities and support on-premises deployment. It represents a change in how the hybrid cloud works because it goes from merely converging resources to converging capabilities. The solution can adjust to the organizational structure and service processes of governments and enterprises, implementing one unified cloud from the user's perspective.

HUAWEI CLOUD provides public cloud services, HUAWEI CLOUD Stack, and HUAWEI CLOUD Edge solutions, all based on QingTian Architecture. The unified cloud management system ManageOne can achieve privilege- and domain-based management in ways that suit the governance structure of governments and enterprises. HUAWEI CLOUD hybrid cloud can support rapid innovation like a public cloud does, while providing the same level of manageability and controllability as a private cloud. This hybrid cloud is an ideal platform for developers to keep developing applications on the cloud, and for governments and enterprises to upgrade intelligent services across all scenarios.

HUAWEI CLOUD Stack makes it easier to move key applications to the cloud by offering a suite of functions: cloud management, cloud services, AI enablement, application enablement, and data enablement. HUAWEI CLOUD Stack also includes industry know-how and asset models that customers can use to flexibly respond to changing market needs. HUAWEI CLOUD Stack can give a strong boost to governments and enterprises during intelligent transformation.

Cloud services empower continuous capability evolution and innovation. HUAWEI CLOUD Stack uses 11 steps in 3 phases to rapidly synchronize with the new services of HUAWEI CLOUD in a way that’s standardized, lightweight, and easy-to-deliver. Currently, HUAWEI CLOUD Stack provides more than 70 cloud services across 10 categories for data centers.

Cloud management ensures alignment with organizational structure: ManageOne, the cloud management platform of HUAWEI CLOUD Stack, provides a multi-level management model that supports a five-layer organizational structure per tenant. With hierarchical and privilege- and domain-based management capabilities, the platform allows IT resources to be managed with precision.

Application enablement makes innovation as easy as putting blocks together: Huawei has developed more than 2,000 application assets by drawing on its own experience in digitalizing internal operations. These application assets are now accessible via the application enablement services of HUAWEI CLOUD ROMA. Application assets and facility assets can be continuously developed, connected, and orchestrated on ROMA. It makes innovation as simple as putting blocks together.

Data enablement facilitates the development of logical data lakes. DAYU is a one-stop data operations platform for the entire data lifecycle. The DAYU logical data lake solution currently includes more than 200 general data asset models. With DAYU, data from different departments of an organization can be managed and analyzed centrally, and shared across all regional branches of the organization. The logical data lake leverages two core capabilities to achieve efficient, cross-region collaborative analysis of data. First is a global directory that shows the location of data by using blockchain's trusted data exchange technology. Second is the ability to break down jobs and push operators down to the data lake based on the global directory to perform local data analytics. This capability provides computing power to wherever there’s a need for data analytics.

AI enablement helps create new value for industries. AI enablement is at the heart of Intelligent Twins and relies on ModelArts, which now provides more than 300 industry-specific knowledge models to simplify and automate the development and management of AI applications throughout their lifecycles. ModelArts allows everyone in the process to do what they do best: developers create AI applications, while experts focus on AI algorithms and models. ModelArts can achieve this because it has integrated a huge amount of algorithmic expertise and industry know-how into suites and workflows. It provides templates of industry experience that help partners and developers create AI applications quickly.

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HUAWEI CLOUD Stack breathes new life into all industries

Huawei also launched a tech partner program for HUAWEI CLOUD Stack. With 200 million yuan (US$30.6 million) in funding, this program aims to produce 2,000 solutions to empower intelligent transformation in eight major industries. So far, HUAWEI CLOUD Stack has been successfully deployed in more than 4,000 government and commercial projects. The latest version of HUAWEI CLOUD Stack has seen large-scale commercial use in many projects, including those for the Shenzhen e-government cloud, State Grid Corporation of China, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. Huawei and its customers have also explored innovations on HUAWEI CLOUD Stack in domains such as smart cities, smart inspections, and smart branches.

The Mayor of Shenzhen Chen Rugui highlighted the importance of Intelligent Twins in his keynote speech at HUAWEI CONNECT 2020. "We are building Shenzhen into an exemplary city…and raising the bar for great cities around the world. By leveraging advanced technologies from Huawei and other tech companies, our city is growing smarter by the day as we build the Shenzhen Intelligent Twin,” he said.

At the event, Sun Fei, Deputy Director of the Shenzhen Big Data Resource Management Center, stressed how HUAWEI CLOUD Stack has made Shenzhen smarter across all scenarios by providing capabilities the city can use to improve governance, benefit residents, and boost local industries. To achieve this, Shenzhen has created four critical components based on HUAWEI CLOUD Stack: municipal e-government cloud, big data center, big data lake, and digital application platform.

  • Municipal e-government cloud: a city-wide cloud that comprises 1 municipal-level cloud, 11 district-level clouds, and numerous bureau-level clouds, providing all government agencies across Shenzhen with on-demand, scalable cloud services.
  • Big data center: a robust data directory and exchange system make data-sharing and exchange more efficient and effective.
  • Big data lake: a huge reserve of data assets owned by the Shenzhen government.
  • Digital application platform: a unified platform that supports service development and applications and provides data convergence, application collaboration, integration, and development services. 

HUAWEI CLOUD Stack has played an important role in Shenzhen's AI platform by providing a city-wide AI computing resource pool and AI services that are essential for smart city and digital government operations.

HUAWEI CLOUD Stack has delivered incredible efficiency gains for the Shenzhen government. Real estate registration can be completed in an hour and requests for certain services can be approved online within seconds. Now, 1,723 types of services can be handled online in one place. These data-driven improvements have won praise from the city's residents.

Shenzhen is also working with HUAWEI CLOUD on developing industrial campuses powered by big data, AI, and cloud computing. Ongoing efforts are being made to innovate IoT and AI applications that can potentially be used for property management, security, transportation, and parking. These developments are sure to inspire new business models in the digital economy.

The Shenzhen e-government cloud is a great example of how HUAWEI CLOUD Stack can help governments and enterprises expand their intelligent capabilities. For power grids, HUAWEI CLOUD Stack is empowering the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) with a robust solution that supports unified operations and a two-level maintenance structure. This solution is closely aligned with SGCC's organizational structure, which comprises the SGCC Group and provincial networks. It gives the Group a real-time view of how the entire network works, and allows provincial branches to focus on local O&M.

Huawei is also helping Shenzhen Airport prepare for the future with a solution that includes ROMA, which quickly connects the airport's AI engines with the operations control system and flight information management system. This has resulted in the smart allocation of aircraft stands. Every year, more than 2.6 million  travelers can skip the shuttle bus and board their plane directly. With HUAWEI CLOUD, Shenzhen Airport is more efficient than ever before.

As AI continues to make its way into every aspect of life, business, industries, and cities, it will drive up quality of life, business efficiency, and city governance. The Intelligent Twin is essential for this to happen, providing intelligence across all scenarios. Going forward, HUAWEI CLOUD will continue to strengthen its hybrid cloud solutions to better address any challenges governments or enterprises during transformation and become the preferred partner for customers' intelligent transformation.