Huawei debuts Metro Fabric solution and a new router

Created April 17, 2018
Technologies and Products

Huawei launched its Metro Fabric solution and the CX6600, a programmable, new generation, Metro Fabric-oriented router during the recent MPLS+SDN+NFV World Congress 2018. The solution is designed to help operators build data centre (DC)-centric metro networks characterised by network transport layer and service layer decoupling, elastic scale out, and fast service provisioning. In addition, this solution uses AI and Big Data analytics for proactive prediction and optimisation of network-wide traffic.

A simplified architecture is used to decouple the network transport layer from the service layer, allowing the network to be flexibly expanded without affecting services. Segment Routing (SR) and Ethernet Virtual Private Network (EVPN) unifies complex IP protocol sets. SR/EVPN also supports IPv6 evolution, enabling the construction of seamless networks. Huawei claims the architecture also allows automated service provisioning and shortening the service provisioning time from weeks to a matter of minutes.

Ultra-broadband achieves the optimal per-bit cost while ensuring service experience. Huawei says its CX6600 series, a core part of the Metro Fabric solution, provides the industry’s largest-capacity 4T line card and high-density 100GE ports. This series of router also includes what the company says is the industry’s most compact 1T CO router, which can improve the bandwidth capability of a CO site by five times.

Intelligent O&M supports network status visualisation and solution uses telemetry to provide network resource visualisation in real time and proactive alarm reporting and correlative alarm analysis to rapidly demarcate troubleshooting responsibilities. Using technologies such as AI, Big Data analytics, and machine learning, Huawei says its solution can accurately predict traffic trends and optimise traffic in minutes, improving resource utilisation by 30%.

Jeffrey Gao, President of Router & Carrier Ethernet Product Line, Huawei, says: “The explosive growth of emerging services brings uncertainty to metro network connections and the quantity and direction of traffic. Huawei’s Metro Fabric solution uses a brand-new simplified architecture and an IT mind set to construct metro networks and decouple network architecture. While ensuring the agility and flexibility of the service layer, this solution also guarantees the stability and reliability of the transport layer to meet current and future metro service requirements.”

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.