Huawei Moves to Put Network Management Into the Cloud
Huawei Technologies is the latest tech vendor to join the push for cloud-based network management offerings to make it easier to plan, deploy, monitor and scale both wired and wireless networks.
At the Interop 2016 show in Las Vegas, Huawei officials said the company's Cloud Managed Network platform is now available for testing by managed service providers, and that the offering will support public and private clouds. It will be available to enterprises through managed services providers, according to officials.
The company's Cloud Managed Network will include a cloud management platform, a slate of Huawei Agile Network equipment on which the platform will run—including switches, access routers, wireless access points (APs) and firewalls, all of which reportedly be available starting in the first quarter 2017—a cloud-based network management tool and preventative maintenance tool, and a mobile operations and management app.
Networks are under pressure from such trends as mobility, the Internet of things (IoT) and big data for more bandwidth capacity and scalability to address rapidly changing business demands. Solutions such as Huawei's offer the hope of easier management of both wired and wireless networks and the ability to scale as needed.
The IT vendor joins others, including Cisco and Extreme Networks, in turning to the cloud to simplify the management of enterprise networks.
"IoT, mobility, and cloud are requiring large-scale, on-demand enterprise network expansion," Chang Yue, chief architect of Huawei's switch and enterprise communications product line, said in a statement. "The network-as-a-service (NaaS) architecture, as an enabler for SDN [software-defined networks] and NFV [network-functions virtualization], boosts service agility with highly efficient operations and maintenance, and supports fast service deployment."