Huawei AI strategy, products highlighted at Abu Dhabi event

Published: 3 April 2019 - 11:07 a.m.
By: David Ndichu

Huawei gathered industry leaders in Abu Dhabi for Huawei Day UAE 2019 to showcase its latest AI-enabled ICT portfolio.

The one-day gathering saw the participation of government and industry leaders, analysts and media at keynotes and presentations by Huawei, customers and partners, as well as panel sessions and workshops on exploring the way forward in implementing AI across vertical sectors.

Huawei Day UAE 2019 was also the occasion for Huawei to unveil two new AI-led technologies, including the Huawei's CloudEngine 16800, a data centre switch built for the AI era. Equipped with a high-performance AI chip, Huawei says the product can help enterprises improve their AI training efficiency by 40%, boosting distributed storage speed by 30%, and reducing CAPEX by 90%.

"We are committed to bringing the most advanced 5G and AI technologies to contribute actively to UAE's Digital Transformation plans towards UAE 2031 AI Strategy," commented Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East.

The second was the OceanStor Dorado 3000 V3, which the company says is the world's fastest all-flash storage system. Purpose built for an enterprise's mission-critical workloads, OceanStor Dorado 3000 V3 delivers fast analysis of massive volumes of data through three types of intelligent chips, reducing fault recovery time from two hours to ten minutes while also lowering overall OPEX by 65%. The storage system achieves 99.9999% availability to satisfy the strictest reliability requirements.

Huawei sees AI and digitisation as strategic pillars in the success of UAE AI Strategy 2031, and is actively strengthening its channel partner program to broaden the reach of emerging technologies across industries.

Huawei also provided attendees with a close look at its Atlas Intelligent Computing Solutions - an AI enablement platform to accelerate the UAE's AI uptake. Another notable showcase was of Huawei's Software-Defined Camera, which can be constantly reprogrammed and applied in a variety of security scenarios such as face checkpoint, situation awareness, vehicle checkpoint, and Intelligent Transportation Surveillance (ITS).

"AI, 5G, Big Data, IoT - these technologies and others are helping to lead the transformation of industries and economies, and as a result, they've also become a source of competitive advantage among organizations," says Jo Sho, chief technology officer, Huawei Enterprise Business Group Vertical Solutions Department.

"Huawei is proud of the role we play in enabling the UAE's enterprises to capitalize on today's most advanced applications of intelligent technology, and their success reflects the fact that as a solutions provider, we are firmly on the right track," Sho adds. 

Alaa Elshimy, managing director and vice president for Huawei Enterprise Business Group in Middle East region, add, "We are at the threshold of a fully connected, intelligent world where innovation takes place in the blink of an eye and has a profound impact on people, families, and organisations. All organisations and businesses need to embrace and activate intelligence through an open, flexible, secure digital platform with state-of-the-art artificial intelligence capabilities."

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