Microsoft and Huawei today signed a MoU under which Microsoft will bring its enterprise applications to HUAWEI CLOUD. It is important to note that HUAWEI CLOUD already provides Windows Server and RDS for SQL Server. Today as part of the announcement, Microsoft did not specify what new applications they will bring it to HUAWEI CLOUD in the future.
As part of this MoU, Microsoft and Huawei will work together on the public cloud to provide the optimal experience of cloud services for enterprises. Also, both of them will jointly carry out market expansion and marketing activities on schedule.
“Adhering to a customer-centered philosophy, Huawei is dedicated to enabling and promoting the development of a smart society. As a world-leading provider of software, services, and solutions, Microsoft has played an important part in the enterprise market all along. HUAWEI CLOUD looks forward to cooperating with Microsoft to build an open and win-win ecosystem. The signing of this MoU marks the start of strategic cooperation between the two companies,” said Zheng Yelai, President of Huawei’s Cloud BU and IT Product Line.
Alain Crozier, CEO of Microsoft China said, “The fourth industrial revolution, driven by technology innovation, is creating opportunities for customers to achieve more across nearly every industry. As a global leader in enterprise IT, Huawei is a strategic partner for Microsoft in the mission to empower organizations as they transform. Our increased collaboration will drive innovation as we build a seamless platform to benefit customers through industry-leading technology. Together, we are confident that we will lead, and win, in the era of digital transformation by focusing on what our customers need.”
This partnership is a great example of Microsoft’s strength in enterprise cloud market. Microsoft is actually a competitor to HUAWEI CLOUD with Azure in China. Due to the popularity of Microsoft’s enterprise apps, Huawei is now forced to partner with Microsoft to bring these enterprise apps to their platform. More customers will now choose HUAWEI CLOUD due to availability of more apps and Microsoft will see increase in adoption of their enterprise services even outside their cloud. It is a win-win situation for both the companies.
Microsoft sees great opportunity for Azure in China as there is heavy demand for cloud both from private and government organizations. “China regards technological innovation as an important driving source for development, which let us see China’s huge market potential for the cloud business,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice-president of Microsoft cloud and enterprise group.