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Huawei's intelligent cloud-network solution has passed the rigorous test administered by EANTC, an internationally recognized independent test center, validating the solution for commercial use.

At a time when enterprises are speeding up their digital transformation and shifting their systems to clouds, with 74% of them opting for multi-cloud connections, Huawei’s intelligent cloud-network has been launched to support the networking requirements of rapidly changing IT environment. EANTC conducted real scenarios of commercial use to thoroughly test this solution and its core products — NetEngine and ATN series routers — by focusing on key features such as super capacity, flexible connection, deterministic experience, and intelligent O&M.

Construction of an E2E 400GE network featuring super capacity and unified bearer
With the FMC trend, as well as DC cloudification and downward movement, 100GE for the access layer and 400GE for the aggregation and core layers are becoming prevalent. Against this backdrop, 400GE full-distance optical modules, mini-BNGs, and new access devices with ultra-high forwarding capabilities were tested.

SRv6-based 400GE line-rate forwarding proved the end-to-end 400GE networking capability of NetEngine series routers. 400GE optical modules support transmission capabilities at 10 km, 40 km, 80 km, and 120 km for different transmission distances in various countries and regions, demonstrating Huawei's strong R&D strength in optical modules.

The BNG capabilities of the industry-leading box-shaped all-service routers NetEngine 8000 M14 and F1A showed excellent user access capabilities and large session specifications, technically guaranteeing downward BNG deployment and improved user experience.

The 1 U box-shaped ATN 910 series supports 880 Gbps line-speed forwarding. One such box can provide access for mobile, home, and enterprise private line services, ensuring 10GE/25GE to sites for the future mobile bearer and supporting high-bandwidth private lines for government and financial sectors.

SRv6 enables flexible cloud-network connections
Considering cloudification of new services, such as smart manufacturing, telemedicine, and autonomous driving, requires deterministic bandwidth and latency with reliable network connections, the test verified the capabilities of the SR/SRv6 Flex-Algo technology, which enables intelligent path selection without a controller and supports path computation for different services in specific topologies based on latency, TE metric, IGP cost, or SRLG. In addition, this technology supports topology-specific TI-LFA and micro-loop avoidance, with less than 2 ms packet loss during service switchover, and no packet loss during service switchback. On top of that, this test verified the SRv6 header compression and BIERv6 inter-AS forwarding capabilities. The former proved to be effective in improving SRv6 transmission efficiency, while the latter showcased SRv6's multicast capabilities.

Furthermore, interoperability of SRv6 EVPN with traditional networks and services was tested, verifying that SRv6 EVPN — featuring powerful smooth evolution capabilities — can seamlessly interwork with traditional networks.

Numerous slices over one network ensure deterministic experience on the cloud-network
Owing to the demand of private lines as a result of B2B industry applications growth, most industries require service slices with 10 Mbps-level bandwidth . Most slicing technologies can provide only slicing granularity at the Gbps level, hindering commercialization on a large scale. In addition, only a few dozen slices can be provided on average in the industry compelling customers in the same industry to share one slice, resulting in poor user experience. In this test, Huawei demonstrated its network slicing technology, which can create over 1000 slices, with a slicing granularity at the Mbps level. The slicing solution guarantees bandwidth as well as meets the differentiated SLA requirements of different industries by providing individualized slice for each customer.

ADN framework-powered NCE-IP enables network as a service and intelligent cloud-network O&M
Huawei's iMaster NCE-IP is an industry-leading network automation and intelligence product that integrates management, control, and analysis functions for a proactive O&M. Within the intent-driven ADN framework, which follows the intent-driven perception, analysis, decision-making, execution, and experience loop, iMaster NCE-IP provides network capabilities as services, enabling IP networks to achieve intelligent O&M throughout their lifecycles. Utilizing key technologies such as iFIT, SRv6-based intelligent path computation, and open and programmable technologies, this test verified the service intent-driven automatic loop-closure capabilities, such as loop-closure of on-demand traffic load balancing, automatic optimization of deteriorated service quality, and DevOps for fast service rollout and adjustment.

Commenting on the validation, Carsten Rossenhoevel, co-founder and managing director of EANTC, “An advocate and pioneer of SRv6 and other technologies, Huawei demonstrated its strong software, hardware, and control system capabilities, and supplemented commercial deployment scenarios based on live network requirements. All test cases proved Huawei's intelligent and highly scalable cloud-network solution. It supports smooth evolution and provides industry-leading capabilities, meaning the solution is suitable for both carrier and enterprise markets.”

The success of the EANTC test demonstrates the leading competitiveness of Huawei's IP network products and solutions in the cloud era.

EANTC's test report: https://eantc.de/test_reports/huawei_intelligent_ip_cloud_network_solution.html

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