“The knee-jerk reaction to open source is… well, it’s free. But it’s not that simple. Companies can craft strategic open source projects that complement and enhance and build momentum behind its own products. Huawei has been clear that this is part of its strategy.”
Scott Raynovich here on SDx Central.
Scott’s report goes on to highlight, “that the Chinese company is currently the largest contributor to OpenStack at 28 percent of all contributions,” and that “Huawei has contributed 20 percent of the code on ONOS,” the Open Network Operating System.
I was aware of Huawei’s contribution to open source, software defined networking projects but I had not been aware that its investment in them topped $30M. That’s a serious investment and a clever positioning approach.
Scott’s report is well worth a read.