Ian Foo, Director, Product Marketing & Management; Global Enterprise Marketing
During the software-ization of legacy enterprise network Software Defined Networking (SDN) has gained a major attention from organizations around the world. Project ‘OpenDayLight’, by the Linux foundation, encouraged CIOs across industries to adopt the ‘centrally controllable software oriented network’. However, the ‘newness’ of SDN, combined with its departure from traditional networking models, continues to create several concerns amongst such CIOs and the other stakeholders. “There are concerns around the availability of the SDN controller—which directly impacts the accessibility of the network— leading to the apprehension in shifting towards SDN,” begins Ian Foo, Director, Product Marketing & Management; Global Enterprise Marketing, Huawei Technologies. Huawei’s ‘fail safe’ SDN solution—that scales the operation at the entire network level across externalized individual components—was engineered to cater to this situation.
“Our SDN technology transforms IT infrastructure from traditional static model capabilities into programmable automation optimized environments that significantly improves application deployment velocity and service innovation,” says Foo. This helps IT to become more responsive to fast changing market pressures, customer needs, and competitive dynamics. Huawei’s various enterprise Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions like Agile Campus Network Solution, Cloud Fabric Data Center Network Solution, and Agile WAN Solution are tailored to enable the enterprise to follow an open framework and ecosystem for better agility and visibility.
The Agile Campus Network Solution leverages SDN and platform programmability to provide a converged access network in which wired and wireless LAN are identical. Likewise, to reduce the time to deployment of new applications and services in the data center—while improving overall visibility and operations—the firm offers The Cloud Fabric Data Center solution.
In the SDN space we are contributors to efforts such as the Open Network Foundation, the ONOS Project, and OpenDaylight
It provides a highly open, service focused, SDN architecture to simplify data center network construction based on Huawei’s comprehensive network products.
Similarly, Huawei’s agile WAN solution applies SDN constructs and technologies to enable intelligent WAN utilization and optimization. “By providing granular traffic engineering capabilities with analytics based optimization capabilities, our SD-WAN solution can increase utilization efficiency of WAN resources from the typical 30 percent up to around 80,” says Foo. While the firm’s solutions address different key areas of the enterprise network, the consistent benefits are faster deployability of new services that enables innovation at the business level, while reducing Operations and Maintenance (O&M) complexity. Huawei’s ICT solutions allow operations team to simplify the complex virtual network environment by selecting a specific flow through the various levels of abstraction. It assists operations team to gain visibility for locating and resolving an issue in the network.
Over the years, Huawei has invested broadly in the networking and telecommunication space by spending over 14 percent of revenue in R&D. “In the SDN space we are contributors to efforts such as the Open Network Foundation, the ONOS Project, and OpenDaylight,” says Foo. With a longstanding background in the carrier and service provider space, the company is focused to offer the customized solutions and customer focused innovation according to market requirement. While in the enterprise market space, Huawei enjoys the advantage of openly adopting new paradigm shifts that SDN brings to the industry. “This allows us to be dedicated to open systems, solutions, and ecosystem partnerships in which multivendor interoperability, mixed environments, and flexibility are customer requirements,” adds Foo. In the coming years, Huawei’s vision is to serve the telecommunication and SDN marketplace in ‘Building a Better Connected World’.