Telefonica, Huawei Team on OpenStack-based Cloud Initiative
Huawei has a new deal with giant Spanish telecom company Telefonica through which the two firms will work on helping enterprises move infrastructure onto Telefonica’s OpenStack-based cloud. It's yet another indicaton of the global phenomenon that OpenStack has become.
Huawei plans to deploy Telefonica's open cloud service based on OpenStack in eight Telefonica data centers, and Telefonica will use Huawei's knowledge and experience on its public cloud service in the Chinese market.
The services are to be made available without any infrastructure investment and will be available on a pay-per-use basis. The first countries to get the service deployed are Brazil, Mexico and Chile during the first quarter of 2016 and the service will arrive in five other locations next year.
"With this agreement Telefonica will be better positioned to serve the needs of thousands of enterprises that require an easily scalable platform in the cloud at a competitive cost and with full reliability and security. This is all possible thanks to Telefonica’s capabilities providing end-to-end service management including the network and data center. The smart combination and scale of Telefonica’s and Huawei’s capabilities reinforce both companies and furthermore represents the best guarantee for our customers" said Juan Carlos Lopez-Vives, CEO Telefonica Business Solutions, in a statement.
“This global collaboration agreement represents a unique milestone in our long successful partnership with Telefonica, and will certainly have a big impact in promoting the migration of enterprises to the cloud and the digital world in all Telefonica footprint. Joint innovation capabilities, customer focus, global scale will allow us to sustainably bring cutting-edge solutions and differentiated offers to our enterprise clients” said Ryan Ding, Huawei’s Executive Director of the Board and President of Products & Solutions.
Telefonica previously announced that it now works with Red Hat and Intel to create a virtual infrastructure management (VIM) platform based on open source software running on Intel-based servers. Red Hat and Telefonica have also teamed on numerous OpenStack initiatives.