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Huawei Buys SDN Business of Irish Firm Amartus

The deal comes more than two weeks after the giant Chinese tech vendor rolled out new SDN and NFV offerings  at the Open Networking Summit.


Huawei Technologies is bolstering its network virtualization ambitions by buying the software-defined networking business of Irish software developer Amartus.

Huawei officials announced the deal July 13, saying it will help the Chinese networking vendor more rapidly build out its software-defined networking (SDN) roadmap and add to its current capabilities. No financial details were released.

Under the terms of the deal, while Huawei is buying the SDN technology, Amartus is keeping the rights to service current customers and to deliver software development and integration expertise and services to service providers and vendors, according to Amartus officials.

Amartus' primary offering is Chameleon SDS, a multi-vendor service orchestration product that enables telecommunications vendors to automate their on-demand cloud and network services over combinations of virtual and physical environments. It gives service providers the scalability and agility to leverage the SDN, network-functions virtualization (NFV) and cloud capabilities they have, according to company officials. It offers a combination of integrated service orchestration, network orchestration and an open API.

With the tool, service providers can much more quickly spin out services to meet customer demand and create new sources of revenue.

"The expertise and talented staff from Amartus product group who will be joining Huawei will help deliver our commitment to produce and develop innovative and high-quality cloud and network services," Zha Jun, president of Huawei's fixed network product line, said in a statement.

The deal comes more than two weeks after Huawei launched nine SDN and NFV solutions at the Open Networking Summit. The offerings included three products aimed at helping create more agile networks, including the Flow Engine 2.0, an open-source and on-demand tool for adjusting bandwidth for optical transport networks. The Flow Engine 2.0 can improve resource utilization between 40 percent and 100 percent over competing products, according to Huawei officials.

The company unveiled four innovations around open northbound interfaces, including a network hypervisor, user-oriented SDN programming language called Nemo and an open-source controller. In addition, Huawei rolled out two cloud-based infrastructure products, both based on the ONOS (Open Networking Operating System) project.