Chinese tech giant to invest over $300 million in Africa’s data center and cyber security market


Huawei Technologies -Chinese tech giant has set to invest over $ 300 million in Africa’s data centers and cyber security industries.

Currently, the need for storage and computing power continues to be a core strategic area for most organizations.

Focusing on data center infrastructure innovation, the firm is leading the development of capabilities to process massive and diversified computing power in data centers and helping enterprises against cyber threats.

This new investment news was revealed by David Wang, Huawei's Executive Director of the Board, Chairman of the ICT Infrastructure Managing Board, and President of the Enterprise BG.

Mr Wang was addressing the 5th Industry Digital Transformation Summit at the 2023 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona-Spain.

He also took the opportunity to outline the firm’s strategy, pointing out that digital technologies are expected to progressively affect the future - from the development of the world economy to global cultures, societies, and the environment.

“Based on the requirements and pain points of enterprise network management efficiency, connection experience, data center (DC) security, and computing power, we have rolled out a new series of advanced solutions to simplify these networks, with which DCs can build a solid network foundation, leading to the development of new DCs, and unleashing digital innovation”, he said.

Wang’ added that digital technology is the right way to help industries go digital. Huawei, he noted, will focus on connectivity, computing, cloud, and other digital technologies. The firm will also continue inspiring innovation to drive industry digital transformation as organizations across the African continent deepen their investments in data centers and cyber security, with available statistics showing that it could reach over $ 300 million by end of 2026.

The new solution includes a smart campus which is designed to redefine campus networks and a Next-Generation enterprise flagship core switch called CloudEngine S16700. Others are Easy Branch, the industry's first simplified hyper-converged branch solution, and Single Optix, the first end-to-end optical service unit (OSU) product portfolio.

The new range also includes the industry's first multi-layer DC ransomware protection solution powered by network-storage collaboration, the industry's first unified DC DR product portfolio featuring storage and optical connection coordination (SOCC), and CloudEngine 16800-X, which is the industry's first DC switch designed for diversified computing power.

For SMEs, Huawei also launched OceanStor Dorado 2000 and OceanProtect X3000, which are the industry's first entry-level storage combinations based on the active-active architecture.

Through these solutions, the firm says government offices will get more efficient and offer a better user experience for public services.

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