Huawei has revealed its software-defined networking and network function virtualisation strategy at the OpenFlow World Congress in Germany.
Based on the concepts of cloud computing, SDN, and NFV, Huawei developed the "future-oriented" telecom network architecture strategy, SoftCOM, which aims to help reconstruct the telecom industry from the perspectives of network architecture, network functions, as well as service and Observation and Measurements models.
According to a company statement, the SoftCOM strategy enables telecom carriers to realise comprehensive network evolution and business transformation.
Huawei, president of global marketing and solutions, Ken Wang, said Huawei's SoftCOM would unleash the full potential of SDN and NFV, building an open and flexible network infrastructure for the ICT industry.
"We hope to work with all industry participants to create a future-oriented open network ecosystem in the cloud ICT era," he said.
According to a company statement, Huawei has experimented with numerous SDN and NFV innovations across all network fields and launched corresponding solutions to help carriers implement full-scale network and business transformation for the future.
It has worked with more than 20 leading carriers around the world including Telefonica, China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom, on over 60 joint SDN- and NFV-related innovation projects.
In 2014, Huawei and global carriers executed several commercial SDN and NFV deployments, including the world's first commercial SDN deployment in cooperation with China Telecom, the SDN-based Wo cloud project in cooperation with China Unicom, the SDN-based hybrid cloud project in cooperation with China Telecom, and an NFV-based vIMS joint project in Europe.
Huawei also revealed its new Flexible Ethernet solution and its network architecture MobileFlow, as well as several prototype systems of its new technologies at the event.
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The Flexible Ethernet solution has the flexibility to support various dynamic software-configured combinations of different Ethernet sub-interfaces.
It marks different data connections and services that require different data traffic, and matches them to their correspondent sub-interfaces accordingly.
"The Flexible Ethernet is an Ethernet revolution that will change the industry dominated by the traditional fixed Ethernet forever, and would greatly impact the future IP network architecture," according to a company statement.
"The MobileFlow structure has realised unified deployment of mobile network control functions through cloud, while the previous plane model is only capable of service forwarding and processing.
"Through the southbound interface, the mobile controller is now able to conduct fine-grained forwarding control of the distributed forwarding devices, and also open the control capability to their application layers."