Storage is a priority for Huawei, according to the company's spokeswoman Lynn Zhou. "Both storage and security are recognized within Huawei as areas of strategic importance as [telecom] operators move towards an all-IP network environment," she said in an email to Byte & Switch.
Certainly, Chinese technology giants have been fleshing out their storage strategies. Huawei, for example, was teamed up with 3Com, and also forged partnerships with FalconStor, Intransa, iVivity, and Xyratex.
The Chinese connection may also explain NetApp's rush into Bangalore India to lower its cost structure.