Huawei Rolls Out Its Open Cloud Fabric and Ecosystem Strategy for Data Centers
Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, unveiled its open cloud fabric and ecosystem strategy for data center at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013, a major global IT industry conference held in Barcelona, Spain. Huawei and Microsoft shared their latest collaborative achievements in the field of cloud computing and data center innovation. The announcement of this strategic alliance between Huawei and Microsoft reaffirmed the commitment of both companies to their shared vision of bringing open innovation to next-generation data centers for cloud computing.
In May 2012, Huawei launched its cloud data center focused CloudEngine series of high-performance switches and the Huawei CloudFabric Solution. CloudEngine and CloudFabric deliver the foundation needed for enterprises to build highly flexible and reliable cloud data centers for the next decade. Since its announcement in the first half of 2012, Huawei’s CloudFabric solution has attracted over 100 enterprise customers, and over 500 Huawei CloudEngine 12800 core switches have been deployed in customer data centers.
To adapt to the continuous development of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and virtualization technologies, Huawei has launched Open Cloud Fabric and Ecosystem strategy to provide open, and elastic virtualized data center solutions for its customers. Huawei's Open Cloud Fabric consists of two components: the Open Fabric and the Open Controller.
Huawei’s Open Fabric is designed to integrate with mainstream cloud platforms and third-party controllers using Huawei's open application programming interfaces (APIs) or industry standard protocols and interfaces such as OpenFlow. The forwarding data-plane is also open. Huawei CloudEngine series data center switches support the programmable Huawei Ethernet Network Processor (ENP) chipset architecture.
Huawei’s Open Controller, by providing Open North-bound and South-bound interfaces can connect to mainstream third party cloud platforms using open APIs. Its North-bound interfaces allow ease of integration with the multitude of industry open orchestration and management systems. The Open Controller South-bound interfaces provide compatibility with network devices from multiple vendors by leveraging standardized protocols such as OpenFlow.
In recognition that cloud computing and SDN are based on open concepts that require open integration and partnership, Huawei has established an open ecosystem of partners. Enterprise IT leader Microsoft is a founding member of this ecosystem. Details of the most recent joint ecosystem innovation between Huawei and Microsoft were unveiled at Gartner Symposium Barcelona.
The Huawei/Microsoft Data Center solution provides the IT industry with leading edge hybrid SDN/HDN capabilities to deliver enterprise value in the evolution towards next generation Data Center networks. The joint solution provides a comprehensive strategy that takes advantage of Huawei’s CloudEngine 12800 advanced hardware platform to deliver accelerated high-performance gateway capabilities into Microsoft Hyper-V Network Virtualization environments. This architecture and solution provide scalable and reliable interconnection between virtualized and non-virtualized traditional platforms or smooth migration from legacy environments to advanced virtualized environments. When combined with the simplified management via the direct integration of the CloudEngine platforms with Microsoft System Center and Microsoft Windows Server, enterprises will find an invaluable solution to real-world challenges brought on by evolution and business-driven disruption in the data center.
Having recently attained full certification for Microsoft’s Open Management Infrastructure (OMI) Huawei's CloudEngine series of switches, running Huawei’s VRP8 software, are easily integrated with Microsoft Cloud OS technologies.
Huawei and Microsoft continue their strategic alliance and are jointly developing data center network virtualized components virtualized switches, virtualized routers, and virtualized firewalls. In addition, both companies have collaborated extensively to contribute openly to the wider industry through direct participation and contribution to multiple international standardization efforts. Notable examples of these efforts include contributions to the Desktop Management Task Force (DMTF) and Open Networking Foundation (ONF).
Together they provided open cloud computing data center solutions for their customers. For example, they jointly provided a solution for the data center project of China Mobile, Guangdong Branch.
As recently noted by Mr. Luyao Sun, General Manager for Data Center Network Products, Enterprise Networking Product Line, Huawei Enterprise Business Group, "In the data center network product fields, Huawei is now growing rapidly and making significant breakthroughs based on its accumulated experience. Huawei is proud to offer its industry-leading CloudEngine series data center switches and Cloud Fabric Solution to the enterprise market. On this grand occasion, Huawei's Open Cloud Fabric, as well as its multiple achievements realized in collaboration with Microsoft, in the data center field, mark Huawei's entry into the industry chain in an open and cooperative manner."
Unify Introduces OpenScape 4000, Delivering UC Benefits Today and In the Future
Offers comprehensive UC features including One Number Service, enhanced security, virtualization; establishes clear roadmap for future upgrades to Project Ansible
Continuing to demonstrate market momentum and leadership in converged communications, Unify, formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications, today introduced the latest version of its market-leading enterprise communications platform, including key enhancements and new branding, enabling enterprises to take advantage of the new way to work. The newly-released Version 7 of OpenScape 4000 – known formerly as HiPath 4000 and successfully deployed at over 25,000 customer installations in over 80 countries -- includes important new features like One Number service, increased security, and improved UC integration. Unify also announced that OpenScape 4000 V7 becomes the release level that will provide customers a clear path to Project Ansible, the company’s highly-anticipated next-generation communication and collaboration solution.
OpenScape 4000 is a unified communications solution for enterprises looking to increase workplace productivity and effectiveness while continuing to leverage existing investments in IP and TDM platforms. As a powerful and highly-available communications solution, it offers a rich set of endpoints, mobility choices, edge solutions, unified communications, and standards-based integration and interoperability with business-critical applications and system. With over 25 million ports in service, OpenScape 4000 is the industry’s proven communications solution. Key enhancements to OpenScape 4000 V7 include:
- One Number Service (ONS) now available on all devices, including all OpenStage TDM and IP phones, OpenScape UC soft clients, mobile clients and cordless handsets, making it easier for anywhere workers to stay connected
- Seamless integration with OpenScape UC, making it easier for users to manage their presence status and preferred device list
- Virtualization capabilities, using industry leading VMware vSphere ESXi 5, for use in data center deployments that take advantage of a virtualized architecture (private cloud) lowering total cost of ownership
- Improved security, using OpenScape Cordless Enterprise which reduces the threat of eavesdropping, by providing a new encryption key every minute, for all calls
- Leverages the full business value of the OpenScape Enterprise professional, managed and maintenance services portfolio
Building on the HiPath brand’s strong legacy of quality, performance, and customer satisfaction, the OpenScape brand reiterates Unify’s commitment to helping customers maximize their technology investment by offering license flexibility with other OpenScape Enterprise voice platforms, while simplifying the company’s product portfolio nomenclature.
“Millions of users count on OpenScape technology every day, and the enhancements we are announcing will further enable those anywhere workers to better connect and collaborate, while providing companies with enhanced security and technology to drive down costs,“ said Eve Aretakis, EVP and head of Products at Unify. “We are committed to helping all of our customers take full advantage of communications technology that improves business performance and enables the new way to work. The enhancements in this latest version of OpenScape 4000 underscore that goal.”
Unify said that the latest version of OpenScape 4000 will make it even easier for users to further enhance inter- and intra-enterprise communications as well as team collaboration, helping them spend less time orchestrating work and more time doing it. These goals are consistent with the design principles of the company’s next generation solution known as Project Ansible. Project Ansible leverages secure, dynamic collaboration, universal content aggregation, and a consumer-like, single-pane-of-glass experience that drives adoption and seamless integration into business processes to enhance business performance. Project Ansible will ultimately integrate into existing communications systems from Unify (and other companies) like the OpenScape 4000. The company said V7 becomes the base release level for integration to Project Ansible, providing a clear solution roadmap for customers who may choose to upgrade as the new solutions become available.
“As Unify moves towards the path to Project Ansible and the new way to work, it is important that customers get the business benefits of UC today, such as the ability to support mobile workers, easy collaboration between teams across the Enterprise and the ability to reduce latency in decision making. It’s also essential that existing customers that have already invested in technology have a simple migration strategy to the future. Customers do not want to get locked into a dead-end architecture,” said Tim Banting, Principal Analyst, Collaboration and Communications, Current Analysis. “OpenScape 4000 is an important step in that strategy.”
“Unify has truly delivered with the new release of OpenScape 4000 – comprehensive UC capabilities, virtualization and improved security,” said Ralf Stäheli, Vice President Enterprise Telephony Business, Swisscom Corporate Business. “In particular, the advanced encryption provided by OpenScape Cordless Enterprise will deliver real benefits to our customers.”
“The new capabilities available in OpenScape 4000 version 7 have been a great way for Atos to experience the benefits of a comprehensive UC platform without having to completely rip and replace our existing communications system,” said Oliver Vogl, Operational Team Leader for Atos. “One Number Service in particular was something we were looking to add, and it has provided immediate benefits to our users by making it easier to stay in touch even away from the office. The modern architecture supports a variety of flexible deployment models and that is what we were looking for as well.”
OpenScape 4000 is available now, directly from Unify and from our global network of partners.
Unify—formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications—is a premier communications software and services firm. Our solutions unify multiple networks, devices and applications into one easy-to-use platform that allows teams to engage in rich and meaningful conversations. The result is a transformation of how the enterprise communicates and collaborates that amplifies collective effort, energizes the business, and enhances business performance. Born out of the engineering DNA of Siemens AG, Unify builds on this heritage of product reliability, innovation, open standards and security to provide integrated communications solutions for approximately 75% of the Global 500. Unify is a joint venture of The Gores Group and Siemens AG.
This release contains forward-looking statements based on beliefs of Unify's management. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend," "plan," "should," and "project" are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here. Unify does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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