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Etisalat and Huawei to work on ‘Cloud Factory’



Etisalat Group and Huawei have announced plans to work on the first ever Proof of Concept and design for an all-inclusive network architecture for the Etisalat Regional Cloud Factory.
Once developed, the enterprise solutions provided by the innovative Cloud Factory will be offered to businesses across Etisalat’s international footprint.
The initiative will examine the technical and business requirements of virtualizing Etisalat network functions; such as Operations Support Systems (OSS), Value-Added Services (VAS) and Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF). The Etisalat Cloud Factory will also focus on the centralization of these functions onto a distributed data center platform, enabling easier sharing of resources amongst the 18 operating companies in Etisalat Group’s footprint.
Etisalat Group CTO, Hatem Bamatraf, said, “The Cloud is a concept that offers great potential for businesses and governments in the era of big data. Working in partnership with industry leaders, like Huawei, we intend to be the first to develop the feasibility of pooling the infrastructure resources, which will realise the enterprise solutions, providing our customers with a competitive edge. Etisalat’s Regional Cloud Factory is a strategic priority and another example of how Etisalat Group is at the forefront of delivering innovation that adds value for our customers.”

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