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DevCloud speeds software development

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Kathy Gibson at Huawei Connect in Shanghai – In the innovative world of technology, great ideas abound — but many of them fall by the wayside because it’s just not possible for developers to productise their ideas.
“We believe that everyone can dream, and we want to turn those dreams into reality,” says Zhang Shunmao, president: marketing and solutions for products and services at Huawei.
Huawei has launched its DevCloud 2.0, giving developers around the world a platform for bringing ideas to light.
The new version of DevCloud now adds Huawei’s R&D practices — 30 years’ worth of experience that is now available to developers around the world.
“This is a combination of theory and practice that developers can use themselves,” Shunmao says. “We have shipped so many products successfully, and we now make this ability available to our friends.”
For 30 years, 80 000 engineers in Huawei have followed these procedures, bringing together what Shunmao describes as Shenzhen speed, German quality, American management, diverse collaboration and kernel security.
These procedures bring the time to submit code down to one minute, and testing takes place in 10 minutes. There is also a one hour deploy time, a one minute time to recovery, a one week sprint time, and a one month closed cycle time.
“By optimising and solidifying our procedures we have made them available on the DevCloud.”
The services include: ProjectMan; CloudIDE, CloudHub; CloudPipeline; CloudCheck; CodeCI; TestMan; CloudDeploy; and ReleaseMan.
DevCloud is open to small developers as well as commercial partners.
ChinaSoft partners with Huawei, and uses the DevCloud in its software development.
ChinaSoft’s JointForce is an IT service crowdsourcing platform that is based on DevCloud. More than 3 000 service providers use the platform, which is efficient, transparent and reliable. It reduces the cost of software development and allows for code re-use.
DevCloud 2.0 exposes Huawei APIs so developers can call the Huawei product capabilities in the cloud. “We have more than 3 000 APIs open for sharing,” Zhang says.
These APIs allow developers to easily add cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT).
China Telecom has used the platform to roll out an NB-IoT network that covers 95% of Chinese territory — a world first in IoT.