Huawei’s SAP HANA Shenzhen shenanigans

Huawei continues to confound those observers who think of it as simply a mobile phone company. The firm prefers instead to describe itself as a networking and telecommunications equipment and services operation. A multinational one, obviously.

The latest shenanigans from at Huawei’s Shenzhen campus see the firm announce the general availability of SAP HANA running on Huawei’s cloud virtualisation platform FusionSphere 5.1.

NOTE: Readers will note the use of ‘shenanigans’ is not intended in the pejorative sense to imply tomfoolery of any kind; it just goes well with ‘Shenzhen’.

Huawei and SAP in fact established a co-innovation centre in 2015, also located at Huawei’s Shenzhen campus. The firm insists that this demonstrates a commitment to continuous engineering investment in cloud computing and big data.

Zhipeng Ren, president of Huawei IT cloud computing product line has said based upon OpenStack open source architecture as it is, Huawei FusionSphere has made thousands of enterprise-class enhancements and is an ideal cloud infrastructure platform for SAP HANA and the critical enterprise applications that run on it.

Daniel Schneiss, global head of SAP HANA platform & database development products and innovation at SAP SE has said that the announcement of Huawei FusionSphere 5.1 for SAP HANA solutions, on single node, multi-VM and scale-out setups, is perfect proof of the excellent cooperation.

Huawei Shenzen HQ: even the shipping containers come with chrome panelling and flip up doors

Huawei Shenzen HQ: even the shipping containers come with chrome panelling, flip up doors and a mini-bar. Allegedly.

The takeaway, from China

The interesting part of this story is not SAP reinforcing its in-memory HANA HANA HANA (did we mention HANA?) messages yet again — other relational database management systems (RDBMSs) are available. Further, the interesting part of this story is not Huawei working to show that it does a lot more than build nice smartphones and it has considerable back-end muscle.

What may possibly be the most interesting part of this story are the specific data management solutions that come out of this kind of relationship (i.e. when a database company goes to bed with a telecommunications & networking company) in the field of manufacturing, public service, energy and indeed the telecoms market itself.

Could SAP have built this kind of specifically telecommunications centric specialism itself? After all, it did scoop up Sybase for its telecoms expertise and toolsets, not to just kill it off and try and migrate floundering Sybase ASE onwards to the more expensive SAP HANA, right?

Did somebody say ‘next-generation analytics for the new digital economy’ or some such? Yeah, they must have.