21 March 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Telefónica and Huawei have entered into a partnership to create a set of big data products for enterprises.
The new big data as-a-service products will be branded under
Luca, Telefónica’s data unit. Under the
agreement four core services will be offered to customers,
which are: the Hortonworks Data Platform
as-a-service which helps store, process and analyse
data; Big Data Integration to migrate data to
the cloud; Data Governance to control the
quality and security of data; and Data Miner
which helps create insights from data through analytical
algorithms and data integration.
Each of the services can be self-deployed by the customer
on-demand and is infrastructure agnostic so it can be deployed
over a variety of Infrastructure as-a-service environments.
Commenting on the partnership, Edward Deng, president of the
Telefónica Global Account at Huawei, said: "It is an
honour for Huawei to be selected as a partner to enable
Telefónica’s Luca product portfolio.
Huawei’s Universe solution is the key to realize
the ambition of creating a flexible, relevant and rich
ecosystem of data-centric applications. Big data has been one
of the company’s key strategic investment areas.
We are confident and committed to deliver the highest quality
end-to-end solution for Telefónica. Huawei is fully
committed to this project and will draw upon all our expertise
and experience to ensure the complete success of the objectives
By collaborating with Huawei, Telefónica wil be able
to widen its portfolio of big data and data analytics related
services, helping its customers to accelerate the digitisation
of their business and therefore increasing its competitive
"This agreement helps us to reinforce our big data tools as
a service offering, enabling our clients to deploy their use
cases on our cloud infrastructure", added Elena Gil, CEO of
Luca. "Our portfolio combines these tools with consulting and
analytics capabilities as well as with business insights
derived from our data, delivering end-to-end solutions to
companies and public entities, which want to capture the value
of data. At Telefónica we are committed to becoming the
travel companion of our customers in their digital
The first phase of deployment will involve Telefónica
and Huawei providing these services over
Telefónica’s cloud infrastructure in Latin
America. The suite if products will be expanded to include new
services and under the agreement the two will open an
application market where partners can sell their big data and
analytics to customers.