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Press Release -- November 9th, 2011
Source: Huawei
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Forecast for the digital future: more clouds This forecast was brought to you by Huawei, a proud sponsor of the Global Forum 2011

[Brussels , 09 November, 2011]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, will call for standardisation, service quality guarantees, and investment in R&D as the basis for security and privacy in cloud computing at the Global Forum 2011, an annual gathering of decision-makers in the world of information and communications technology (ICT).

Leo Sun , President of Huawei's Brussels Office and Europe Affairs Dept said: "There is a clear convergence going on as traditional information technology providers move into telecoms and media communications, including services and online TV. And as more people move around carrying their mobile devices with them – helped by Europe's Single Market – they want better, faster and more secure access to mobile services, from banking to social networking. The Future Internet, as they see it, will be as much about connecting people and documents as it will the things in their lives… cars, clothes, and more."

Hosted by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Palais d'Egmont on 7-8 November, the theme for this year is 'Vision for the Digital Future: Mobilising Organisations and People'. The Forum is a unique chance to debate how the changing patterns of internet and mobile telephony use are shaping the future of digital technology. The event attracts sponsors and organisations interested in sharing and influencing global ICT agendas, and enabling business and government leaders from all sectors of the information society to meet and work with suppliers and service providers.

Mr Sungave a keynote speech entitled ‘Leadership Beyond the Cloud' on Day 2 of the Global Forum. Within a decade, up to 70% of businesses, including SMEs could be using cloud services for data storage, networking or heavy-duty number crunching.

But before Europeans and the rest of the world commit their valuable data and businesses to the cloud, a few things need to happen, he said ahead of the Brussels Forum: "To maximise take-up of cloud services, infrastructure or other cloud formations yet to be invented, standardisation and guarantees of service quality are paramount. Major investment in R&D and innovation is also needed. And Huawei advocates open and fair access to cloud services. The success of the cloud will come down to setting robust foundations for security and privacy. Europe has a natural stake in shaping the future of the cloud and the Future Internet, but we don't want silos to develop and, like the weather, don't forget the cloud is global and mobile!"

Cloud computing makes software, data and even processing power accessible via a network like the internet. It works like a utility, where users can get as much electricity or water as they want, but only pay for the 'distributed computing' resources they use. This means, for example, a small European company doesn't have to invest in expensive hardware while they're growing.

The European Union's ambitious ‘2020 strategy' mobilises people and organisations to put their creative ideas into practice to achieve "smart, sustainable and inclusive" growth. Here, innovation and investment in R&D leading to new ICTs are driving forces.

On innovation, Mr Bosco Eduardo Fernandes, Head of Corporate Research, Huawei European Research Centre, said: "Huawei is doing its part to support open innovation and local markets. We invest 10% of our global revenue into R&D and have over 51,000 employees (46% of our total workforce) involved in R&D and have established 20 research institutes worldwide, including six in France, Germany and Sweden, employing around 600 people."

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