Huawei joins with 21Vianet in huge SDN project

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Huawei has announced a partnership with 21Vianet Group (21Vianet), the largest carrier-neutral internet data centre (IDC) services provider in China, to launch China's largest commercial software-defined networking-enabled (SDN) network.

The companies say the network will provide flexibility to subscriber networks that manage and support cloud services, and will enable enterprises to adjust their business strategies to stay competitive in a dynamic market environment.

As part of the collaboration, the companies worked on joint innovation initiatives in SDN and 21Vianet deployed Huawei's Cloud Fabric Data Center Network Solution, which mainly uses the CE12800 series data centre switches and agile controller.

The overall efficiency of 21Vianet's cloud computing data centres will be enhanced significantly as a result, Huawei says. The one-click service deployment function of Huawei's solution increases the speed of 21Vianet's cloud service provision tenfold. Huawei's Open Programmability System shortens 21Vianet's new service innovation period from six months to only one month. In addition, the solution's automatic path adjustment and optimization function increased the efficiency of link bandwidth utilisation from 50 percent to 80 percent.

'21Vianet's goal is to become one of the most respected Chinese companies in the Internet infrastructure sector. 21Vianet's SDN-enabled network is an example of the successful commercial application of an SDN network in China,' said Mike Ma, Vice President, 21Vianet.

'We are pleased to be partnering with Huawei to explore the use of SDN technology for data centres and the commercialisation of solutions developed by our joint innovation initiatives. We hope that these innovations will improve the efficiency of network operations, facilitate fast service delivery and service launch, enhance user experience, and create more value for our customers.'

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