Huawei puts $1.5bn towards open computing ecosystem
Huawei’s Connect 2019 event has recently been underway in Shanghai, taking place from the 18th to the 20th of September. Included among a number of reveals, including the new Mate 30 phone series, was the company’s Developer Program 2.0.
Swathed in a certain amount of jargon, it is easy to miss the significance of the announcement, which represents Huawei’s attempt to divest itself of its reliance on Western companies and build an open source system which could, in the fullness of time, compete with the likes of Android and Linux.
Backed by $1.5bn of investment over five years, the stated foci of the program include an open ecosystem, the development of new industry standards and shared availability to developers, with Huawei hoping to bring in a further 5mn developers.
It succeeds Huawei’s Developer Program 1.0, which launched in 2015. Outcomes of the program were given by the company as including the Ascend AI processors and Kunpeng Computing server technology. Perhaps more important than specific technological breakthroughs is the army of developers Huawei has recruited, with 1.3mn registered individuals and 14,000 companies.
The program seems to be a clear reaction to the threat of American companies being banned from dealing with Huawei due to its suspected links with the Chinese government. Although a temporary reprieve was renewed in August, attempts by US companies to deal with Huawei have been rebuffed by the US government. The consequences of such decisions are already manifesting, with the Mate 30 line of phones launching without Google apps such as Maps, Google Pay and the Play Store.
Many US companies have expressed their opposition to the ban, with Microsoft’s President Brad Smith telling the BBC that “we [Microsoft] believe it would be a mistake [...] to try to draw some new digital iron curtain down the Pacific Ocean - I think that would hold back the United States, would hold back the democracies of the world.”
Amazon and TotalEnergies partner for greener solutions
TotalEnergies today announced a strategic collaboration with Amazon. Through this new collaboration, TotalEnergies will contribute to Amazon’s commitment to power its operations with 100% renewable energy, while Amazon will help TotalEnergies accelerate its digital transformation.
With Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a key cloud provider, TotalEnergies will accelerate its move to the cloud, boosting its IT transformation, the digitisation of its operations, and its digital innovation. In particular, TotalEnergies’ Digital Factory will benefit from the breadth and depth of AWS services including infrastructure, speed, reliability and innovative services.
“Working with TotalEnergies on innovative cloud technologies to drive reductions in carbon emissions and present new renewable energy sources is a tremendous opportunity. This collaboration will not only accelerate TotalEnergies’ migration to the cloud but also contribute toward Amazon’s commitment to power our operations with 100% renewable energy,” said Kathrin Buvac, Vice President, AWS Strategic Industries.
Moving towards a greener future
TotalEnergies and Amazon have signed power purchase agreements (“PPAs”) for a commitment of 474 MW of renewable capacity in the US and Europe, and expect to expand their cooperation in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. By supplying renewable energy and potential battery energy solutions, TotalEnergies will contribute to Amazon’s commitment to power operations with 100% renewable energy by 2030 and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.
“TotalEnergies is deeply committed to reducing the carbon emissions of its operations and supporting its customers to do the same around the world. By signing this agreement, we are proud to enter into this key collaboration with Amazon and to accompany them on their journey to carbon neutrality.” said Stéphane Michel, President Gas, Renewables & Power at TotalEnergies. “We are also counting on Amazon and AWS to help us advance our exponential shift in the speed, scale and advancement of digitalisation.”
As part of its ambition to get to net-zero by 2050, TotalEnergies is building a portfolio of activities in renewables and electricity that should account for up to 40% of its sales by 2050. At the end of 2020, TotalEnergies’ gross power generation capacity worldwide was around 12 GW, including 7 GW of renewable energy. TotalEnergies will continue to expand this business to reach 35 GW of gross production capacity from renewable sources by 2025, and then 100 GW by 2030 with the objective of being among the world's top 5 in renewable energies.