Huawei released the world’s first artificial intelligence native (AI-Native) database, GaussDB, and the industry’s best-performing distributed storage, FusionStorage 8.0, on Wednesday, May 15. China-based Huawei is in making a serious foray into the enterprise business market after it has unveiled a new database management product putting it in direct rival with entrenched vendors like IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft.
The announcement arrived at a time when Huawei’s core telecom business is drawing scrutiny in the West over the company’s ties to the Chinese government. According to financial details disclosed by the privately-held firm that segment accounted for 40.8 percent of Huawei’s total revenues in 2018.
The company, best known for making smartphones and telecom equipment, claims its newly minted database uses artificial intelligence capabilities to improve tuning performance, a process that traditionally involves human administrators, by over 60 percent.
The database storage market has been dominated by foreign players, particularly US firms such as Oracle and Microsoft. By joining the battlefield, Huawei has broken the monopoly of foreign players and shown its “crisis awareness” toward developing core technologies in case the US blocks high-technology exports, some analysts said.
Experts expect that in the next two or three decades, humanity will enter the intelligent society, and AI is the core driving force of the smart era. In the future era of intelligence, everyone is generating data, from personal data to corporate data. The outbreak of massive data poses a higher challenge to the development of all walks of life.