Huawei signs agreement with Philips Lighting
The deal will allow Philips Hue lighting portfolio to work with other connected devices and apps
Chinese ICT services provider Huawei and Philips Lighting have signed an agreement to ensure the interoperability of the Philips Hue connected lighting system for the home with Huawei’s OceanConnect Internet of Things (IoT) platform.
Under the terms of the deal, the Chinese vendor will become a ‘Friends of Hue’ partner and Philips Lighting a Huawei OceanConnect partner.
The partnership will also enable Philips Hue lighting products to work seamlessly with other connected devices, systems and apps.
“Growth of the IoT is predicated on devices and apps that can interoperate flawlessly and OceanConnect provides the ideal platform for harmonization. Our partnership with Philips Lighting will see the leading connected lighting system for the home interoperate with other devices via our OceanConnect platform,” said Ma Haixu, President of Cloud Core Network Product Line, Huawei.
“Lighting is one of the top two most sought after applications in the smart home along with security. This latest partnership with Huawei brings together global leaders in IoT networking and connected lighting. It opens the door for many more consumer products to interoperate with Philips Hue and extends the reach of our lighting system into the growing connected home market,” Sridhar Kumaraswamy, Business Leader Home Systems at Philips Lighting, said.
Worldwide public cloud services market to grow 17.2% this year
In related news, the worldwide public cloud services market is expected to grow 17.2% this year to total $208.6 billion, up compared to $178 billion in 2015, according to Gartner.
The research firm also said the highest growth will come from cloud system infrastructure services, which is projected to expand by 42.8 % in 2016.
Cloud application services is expected to grow 21.7 % this year to reach $38.9 billion.
“Growth of public cloud is supported by the fact that organizations are saving 14 % of their budgets as an outcome of public cloud adoption, according to Gartner’s 2015 cloud adoption survey,” said Sid Nag, research director at Gartner.
“However, the aspiration for using cloud services outpaces actual adoption. There’s no question there is great appetite within organizations to use cloud services, but there are still challenges for organizations as they make the move to the cloud,” he added.