China’s Huawei is making a serious foray into the enterprise business market after it unveiled a new database management product on Wednesday, putting it in direct competition with entrenched vendors like IBM, Oracle and Microsoft.
The Shenzhen-based company, best known for making smartphones and telecom equipment, claims its newly minted database uses artificial intelligence capabilities to improve tuning performance, a process that traditionally involves human administrators, by more than 60%.
Called the GaussDB, the database works both locally as well as on public and private clouds. When running on Huawei’s own cloud, GaussDB provides data warehouse services for customers across the board, from financial, logistics and education to automotive industries.
The database launch was first reported by The Information on Tuesday, citing sources saying it is designed by the company’s secretive database research group called Gauss and will initially focus on the Chinese market.
The announcement comes at a time when Huawei’s core telecom business is drawing scrutiny in the West over the company’s alleged ties to the Chinese government. That segment accounted for 40.8% of Huawei’s total revenues in 2018, according to financial details released by the privately held firm.