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Huawei unveils its vision for a true agile network

Derek du Preez | Nov. 13, 2013
Huawei has unveiled its strategy to deliver a true agile network to the enterprise – one which that looks at the enterprise as a whole and is able to adjust easily depending on a user's need, location and device.

An agile network also requires better service quality, according to Huawei. It claims that networks today are tested point to point, but rarely reflect a real service. "[What we need] is the ability to monitor individual services end to end on the network so that we can have real awareness of what type of quality of service and experience the network is delivering," said Harrison.

He went on to say that innovation is also required to improve the user-experience. "Let's imagine a remote worker on vacation in Brazil, but he's logging in to do work. The question is - how do I optimise his experiences when he's normally working from the Netherlands?" said Harrison.

"In an agile network, the cloud resources he needs will automatically be moved to a data centre closer to where he is. All of the security policies and access rights will be made aware that he is logging in from a different location, in a different continent, and everything will adapt dynamically."

Finally, an agile network requires security to adapt to this agile experience. "If we look at today's security model - traditional firewalls - they are fixed points of security. Particular rule sets that occur at one spot," he said.

"That's just not going to cut it for this type of an agile network - instead we need to take a big data approach. We learn from the network, from the users, what's happening. We monitor all the traffic end-to-end so that we can track things like time of day related to the user, related to the resources.

"End-to-end security awareness," said Harrison.

Huawei, in part, aims to deliver this agile network through a new set of switches - switches that support a fully programmable fabric architecture - called SI2700.

Huawei SI2700 switches provide a real-time network traffic detection function to help customers locate complicated network faults quickly and integrate the forwarding of wired and wireless services and unified user management mechanisms to help deliver a consistent user experience.

The switches use Huawei Transformer series Ethernet Network processor chipsets, which Huawei claims can accommodate future network requirements while maintaining high forwarding performance.

Huawei claims the switches support the "smooth evolution of enterprise networks into the next-generation campus networks".


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