Huawei Launches AI Backed Database

The Chinese company will go head to head against Microsoft and IBM in the database market.

Huawei has launched an AI backed database management product that throws a gauntlet down to industry heavyweights like IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft.

The new databases are expected to improve on current tuning performance by over 60 percent. Artificial Intelligence will take over some of the labor that has traditionally required human administrators.

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The new service is called GaussDB, and it can operate on public and private clouds. When running on Huawei's own cloud, GaussDB offers data warehouse services for customers as varied as financial institutions to the medical industry.

Intelligence the new productivity

"Humanity is entering the age of an intelligent world," said David Wang, Huawei Executive Director of the Board and President of ICT Strategy & Marketing.

"Data is the new factor of production, and intelligence the new productivity. Heterogeneous, intelligent, and converged databases will become the key data infrastructure of the financial, government, and telecoms industries."

Huawei is best known as a smartphone manufacturer but has made headlines more recently for its stoush with the US over its role in the emerging 5G network. With the latest announcement of GaussDB, Huawei is putting themselves firmly in the spotlight as a technology giant with fingers in many pies.

AI power improves efficiency

"AI-Native database GaussDB will help enhance HUAWEI CLOUD’s capabilities and fully unleash the power of diversified computing, which includes x86, ARM, GPU, and NPU computing. We aim to continuously push our AI strategy forward and foster a complete computing ecosystem. Together with our partners, we will move further towards the intelligent world,” Mr. Wang added.

Huawei says GaussDB is breaking new ground for database management, by pioneering the embedding of AI capabilities into the full life cycle of distributed databases which allows for self-O&M, self-tuning, self-diagnosis, and self-healing possible.

The company describes this breakthrough saying: “In online analytical processing (OLAP), online transaction processing (OLTP), and hybrid transaction/analytical processing (HTAP) scenarios, GaussDB uses the optimality theory to create the industry's first reinforcement learning self-tuning algorithm, improving tuning performance by over 60%.”

Throughout the launch event and in supporting press release documents the Chinese company was at pains to point out that they were prioritizing principles of openness, collaboration, and shared success.

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The U.S has accused Huawei of embedding spyware into its 5G network and has urged countries not to work with the company. Australia has already rejected Huawei infrastructure in its %g rollout.

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