Infotech Lead Europe: Huawei has introduced software-defined network solution (SDN) for enterprises at CeBIT2013.
After the introduction of Huawei SDN SoftCOM strategy for telecom operators in February, Huawei is now providing enterprises with ICT infrastructures that are tailored to their needs through the Huawei enterprise SDN strategy.
Huawei’s solution features cloud-based operation, multi-layer openness, convergence and evolution, and simple management.
Continuous evolution and development of enterprise networks poses many challenges that reduce the efficiency of the overall enterprise network and ICT infrastructures. Huawei Enterprise SDN solutions will enable customers to address these challenges and develop service-friendly, highly-efficient, and easy-to-control ICT infrastructure for enterprises.
According to Huawei, the SDN architecture consists of three layers: the network device layer, the control layer, and the management and orchestration layer. Huawei’s Enterprise SDN’s concept of multi-layer openness aligns and links the solution to suit needs of different users.
The SRP (a routing protocol developed by Tencent) switch jointly developed by Huawei and Tencent, an internet service provider in China, is based on the openness of the control plane at the equipment layer of Huawei switches. This is an instance of uploading Tencent’s self-developed routing protocol onto Huawei switches. Currently, both companies have completed the first phase of collaboration.
Cloud and convergence are also key components of the Huawei Enterprise SDN concept. Huawei aims at convergence of multiple fields such as data centers, campus networks, and wide area networks. Convergence, control, and management of physical and virtual networks make cloud data centers smart and agile.
During CeBIT, Huawei also showcases its virtual migration solution; nCenter, where data center network and virtual devices can be linked and migrated efficiently. When virtual devices need to be migrated, the virtual device management platform will send a signal to nCenter, which configures and distributes a policy on the network to enable virtual devices to migrate automatically. Such a practice has significantly simplified network operations and management, increasing service efficiency.