MANILA, Philippines - Global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leader Huawei this week launched its P50 million cloud computing laboratory, the first of its kind in the country.
Called Huawei-APC Innovation Center, the lab at the Asia Pacific College (APC), Magallanes Village, Makati City, will build a unified cloud computing platform for cloud desktops, digital resource libraries and team rooms where teachers and students can access their cloud-based content anywhere, anytime, via any device.
Using the lab, both teachers and students can also store their e-learning modules, exercises and assessment results onto the cloud making it easier and safer to use or manage.
Huawei installed a 256-seat virtual desktop infrastructure at APC which is now being tested for deploying academic software by June, 1012. This will replace all physical desktops in all computer laboratories.
APC is an academic partnership of SM Foundation and IBM Philippines and the cloud computing lab embodies the school's thrust for "Real Projects, Real Learning," noted APC Chairman Ramon Y. Dimacali.
"Real Projects, Real Learning" is education that goes beyond textbooks, classrooms and academic theories. Its industry-based curriculum focuses on project-based learning (PBL) and intensive industry training. Its faculty is composed of both professionals and industry practitioners.
Hence, "The laboratory will boost APC's distinction as a center of excellence in IT education and equip our students with skills needed by the industries today," he pointed out.
Furthermore, the lab will become another enabling center of Southeast Asia, in addition to the Huawei innovation centers in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore, according to Huawei Philippines Enterprise Business Group Country Manager, Richard Yang.
Huawei's products and solutions are deployed in over 140 countries, supporting the communications needs of one-third of the world's population.
As of last year, Huawei employs over 140,000 people, 44%, or 62,000 of whom, are engaged in Research and Development (R&D).
Huawei is privately held and is fully owned by its employees.
Since 1997, Huawei has undertaken management transformation benchmarked against industry best practices, having worked with IBM, Hay Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and Accenture in financial, corporate and human resources management, employee shareholding plans and quality control.