Huawei goes back to school with new cloud launches

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Huawei has put a marker down in the cloud space with a series of launches that includes an app monitoring school attendance.

The China-based vendor made the announcements at its Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen this week.

A new CloudApp Platform offers industry verticals the chance to develop dedicated apps with partners, with Huawei providing the infrastructure.

Huawei cited work it has done in the education sector to develop apps that can monitor student attendance in real time.

This would enable teachers to “implement security management [procedures]”, Huawei said.

CloudApp can be offered as “an application container… installed on mobile devices”, it added.

The vendor also unveiled its first public cloud service suite, called ServiceStage, which is now open to app developers.

Further, it said a new Storage as a Service (STaaS) solution is now able to run in a hybrid cloud environment.

The launches come in the wake of a new cloud business unit Huawei launched last month.

Eric Xu, Huawei's Rotating CEO, said 2017 was the start of a focus on public cloud services.

“We will invest heavily in building an open and trusted public cloud platform, which will be the foundation of a Huawei Cloud Family,” he said.

“This family will include public clouds we develop together with operators, and public clouds that we operate on our own."

Huawei is powering the public cloud offerings of Deutsche Telekom in Germany and Orange in France.

[Read more: Orange Business Services CEO defends move into public cloud space]

Huawei also provided an update on its Consumer Cloud service, which powers a range of apps, including those dedicated to payments and ad-free video.

During 2016, the number of developers registered to use the service grew 70 percent to reach over 220,000, the vendor said.

Huawei Consumer Cloud Services partners earned more than $400 million in shared revenues, it added, thanks to a user base that now stands at 210 million people across 200 countries.

Huawei recorded flat profits on revenues that grew 32 percent last year.

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