Huawei Returns to RSA with Anti-DDoS Appliance

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-02-24 Print this article Print

In the United States, a lot of attention has been given to the difficulty Huawei has had breaking into the enterprise networking market, due in large part to concerns by lawmakers and regulators that the vendor's close ties to the Chinese government have made it a security risk, something that company executives have denied. U.S. officials fear that Huawei's telecom equipment—including networking hardware like switches and routers—could include back doors that would give the Chinese government access to U.S. networks and sensitive data, and could become a launching pad for cyber-attacks. That led Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei to say the company is no longer interested in selling telecommunications equipment in the United States.

However, the company has continued making an effort to grow its presence in the country and has increased its presence at a variety of events, such as RSA and the SC '13 supercomputing show in November 2013, to show off its server, storage and networking capabilities. Also this week, Huawei is at the Mobile World Congress 2014 event in Barcelona, Spain, talking about everything from networking to network-function virtualization (NFV) to mobile devices.

The RSA even gave the company another opportunity to showcase its technologies. The company is rapidly expanding in the data center, and security will be an important part of that push, according to Jane Li, chief operating officer for Huawei Enterprise USA.

"As we move into SDN [software-defined networking] and the cloud and network-function virtualization, security will be more and more important, so I think it's important to talk to [enterprises] about what we've done [in that area]," Li told eWEEK. "It's always been a significant part of our R&D investment."

Huawei's Loo said security is not new to Huawei, but what the company offers in that area is probably new to U.S. organizations. Huawei has to work to increase the familiarity, and he believes adoption will follow.

"We have to earn the confidence of [enterprises] as a security player," he said. "I think that's expected of any vendor."



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