Launches software defined network enabled routers to take pressure off bulging backbones
Huawei, a global ICT provider, has announced the launch of its software defined network (SDN) enabled routers, which are designed to help operators address challenges brought to IP backbone networks by the rapid growth of cloud services, over the top (OTT) video, and mobile internet.
IP bearer networks are bulging as they are flooded with data from rich services and new business models, such as cloud storage, and the internet of things. The popularisation of smart devices and the introduction of innovative applications have contributed to rapid traffic growth, while at the same time brought additional challenges to operators multi-service IP networks, Huawei said.
The challenges for operators in this situation include complicated operation and maintenance, the need to rapidly introduce and deploy new services, and using the network more efficiently. Huawei said operators are now looking at ways to simplify operation and maintenance, fully explore network potentials, and create more value out of the network.
Huawei SDN enabled router is based on a high performance, large capacity hardware platform, and a fully distributed IP software platform. Huawei SDN enabled router features a centralised control plane and software-defined forwarding plane, enabling operators to build a SDN-ready network featuring fast service deployment, better resource utilisation, and open interface for third party application support.
Gai Gang, president of Huawei's carrier IP product line, said: 'Huawei's SDN enabled router can help operators cut OPEX significantly and alleviate impacts on networks caused by service changes through network virtualisation and programmability. In addition, the network openness enables carries to continuously create value from existing resources. Huawei's NE40E high end router already supports Openflow1.2 protocol, and has tested for interoperability at the Open Network Forum (ONF) this year.'