Huawei introduces intent-driven CloudCampus solution
Huawei unveiled its intent-driven CloudCampus solution along with new programmable switches for enterprise campus networks at the Huawei Western Europe Partner Summit 2018 in Amsterdam.
Intent-driven networks (IDN) involve focusing on meeting the needs of the end user leveraging cloud, big data and artificial intelligence (A.I.) technologies. These networks are able to recognize the quality of the end user experience in real-time and perform predictive analysis to improve network performance.
“Connectivity, the key to building a digital platform in an enterprise, is being extended from people to things and environments,” said Wang Shihong, general manager of Huawei’s Campus Network Domain, in a statement. “Our CloudCampus solution will help enterprises to build an intelligent digital network platform that links together business intent and network architecture, enabling digital transformation.”
The purpose of introducing new architecture for IDN, according the company, is to enable enterprises to use Huawei CloudCampus to build future-proof wired and wireless networks. These networks are intended to feature uncompromised user experience, automated service provisioning, Operations and Maintenance (O&M), and converged access.
Huawei noted its CloudCampus solution adopts the ‘Intelligent, Simplified, Converged, Secure and Open’ design concepts. The company said its Intent-Driven CloudCampus includes various components, including: the campus network insight engine CampusInsight 2.0; the full-lifecycle campus network automation solution Software-Defined Campus (SD-Campus 2.0 ); along with new agile switches S5730-HI and S6720-HI supporting SD-Campus.
Huawei said CampusInsight can help build a predictive, self-healing closed-loop system with added visibility for each user. It gathers network and application data from devices in real-time and on-demand, in addition to using big data and A.I. to implement network fault analysis and proactive prediction. The company reports up to 85% of potential issues can be automatically identified.
With respect to SD-Campus, the solution is targeted at medium and large-sized campus networks. It uses software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud technology to automate network deployment as well as roll out virtual networks and user/application-oriented policy management to reduce OPEX.
Additionally, the new switches are fully programmable, agile, built on Huawei’s Ethernet Network Processor (ENP) chips. They can implement wired and wireless convergence through the native Access Controller (AC) function and support SD-Campus scenarios, according to the company.
“Today’s enterprises would benefit greatly from a business-intent led approach to building networks and IT infrastructure,” Rohit Mehra, IDC’s vice president of network infrastructure. “Vendors who can leverage an AI/ML and analytics based model for network automation will be more nimble and able to deliver an uncompromised, secure user experience.”
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