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Huawei Technologies in the Spotlight

EvoSwitch is the preferred IT gateway to collocation services  to customers from all over the world. Recently we welcomed Huawei Technologies as a new customer to our AMS1 data center in the Amsterdam region.

Huawei Technologies, with its global headquarters in Shenzhen, China, is a leading telecom solutions provider. Through continuous customer-centric innovation, Huawei has established end-to-end advantages in Telecom Network Infrastructure, Application & Software, Professional Services and Devices. With comprehensive strengths in fixed network, wireless and IP technologies, Huawei has gained a leading position in the All-IP convergence age.

Huawei’s products and solutions have been deployed in over 100 countries and have served 45 of the world’s top 50 telecom operators, as well as one third of the world’s population. We sat down with Paul Broekhuizen, Sales Director at Huawei Technologies Europe, to find out why Huawei chose EvoSwitch, and how they leverage carrier-neutral and multi-tenant data center solutions as a building block in their own solutions portfolio.

Could you tell us something about Huawei and its product service portfolio?

“We provide independent, controllable IT infrastructure with high security and reliability, such as servers, storage devices, networks, security systems, and cloud computing, to ensure the security of policing of data sharing, service synergy and provide reliable services.” says Paul Broekhuizen. “Huawei is the only vendor that provides an end-to-end cloud DC solution, covering servers (entry-level, mid-range, and high-level), storage systems, network devices, and security devices. It also includes the Huawei-developed virtualization platform and converged management of a cloud DC.”   Could you describe Huawei’s selection process for

EvoSwitch and why Huawei decided to collocate at EvoSwitch?

Huawei has a very strict selection process for its partners with whom we work together in building solutions for our customers. EvoSwitch’s strong focus on sustainability and renewable energy sources, their flexibility in providing us the space and 24×7 support we require are but some of the reasons that drew us to EvoSwitch. As we are already actively serving customers out of the AMS1 data center, we have the first proof in hand that we made the right choice.

What type of customers will you serve from EvoSwitch’s data center?

“At our core, we are a hardware vendor, that builds solutions out of our own range of products. In some cases though, our customers ask of us to manage the designed solution. We rely on our partners to bring the specific parts together we do not have in-home as a service. EvoSwitch’s AMS1 data center is key, because it is where we build and our partners  manage these bespoke solutions for our customers.”

What are Huawei’s primary goals for 2014 in working with EvoSwitch?

“We’re looking to expand the relationship with our current partners and move end users on request from their private environment into the EvoSwitch AMS1 data center. We’re also focused on providing Disaster Recovery environments for our customers. At the same time, we are growing our relationships with European hosting providers to help them build cloud environments based on OpenStack.”

What is your long-term data center strategy? “We see the following major trends in the future of the corporate data center: We see increased demand for what we refer to as Virtualized Elastic Resources, the continued move to virtualize servers and the beginnings of private cloud environments and away from SANs. We see being low-carbon and energy efficient more and more as a hard requirement for our hardware that goes into the data center. We expect that Intelligent Unified Management and Control will become a hot topic, as IT infrastructure will grow to support growing sets of data across various systems and more and more public or hybrid clouds. To close, we see that the growing need and demand for standards-compliant security will make it more difficult for Enterprise customers to maintain their data centers in-home in some cases. This will create a shift towards the neutral, multi-tenant data centers that have been built around strict certifications and standards.”

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Day 1: Green Data Center Conference, London Cloud computing, site selection and buzz!

From Jan Wiersma, Technical Director, EvoSwitch at GDCON, London

Datacenter discussions have begun, meetings are taking place and there was a cloud computing buzz in the air as the pre-summit workshops took place yesterday at Green Data Center Conference in London. It was a hardcore of industry enthusiasts, including myself, who yesterday attended the first 3 hour workshop of the day, on Cloud 101, with Tim Crawford at All Covered. The content largely resonated with what I have spoken about before on this blog, which is that the hype around cloud computing and virtualisation is now dying out the industry and its clients are getting realistic. In my view, theres a mixed reaction among datacenter companies. Some are worried about the effect on traditional colocation services, while others see it as an opportunity to provide additional services in provisioning for the cloud. Either way you look at it, the market is definitely moving!

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Amsterdam holds the key as gateway to Europe for US hosting providers

At EvoSwitch were seeing that global hosting providers and corporate customers are increasingly looking to meet the demands of now truly global businesses by providing an efficient, local infrastructure. Europe remains a huge market for businesses growing internationally and for traditional services, but especially those that have an integrally online element.

Cloud-based computing, a major driver for colocation and remote hosting, is top of the in-tray for many CIOs. In response, we are seeing that many organizations that serve end users across multiple regions are asking themselves if they should move or colocate their servers. Theres no denying that there are a variety of factors that heavily influence this decision – such as space, availability, cost, accessibility, and legislation and regulation – making it quite a complex business.

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