Huawei today unveiled its open cloud fabric and ecosystem strategy for data center at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013, a global IT industry conference held in Barcelona, Spain.
Huawei's Open Cloud Fabric consists of two components: the Open Fabric and the Open Controller.
In May 2012, Huawei launched its cloud data center focused CloudEngine series of switches and the Huawei CloudFabric Solution.
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.
Huawei has established an open ecosystem of partners and Microsoft is a founding member of this ecosystem.
The Huawei/Microsoft Data Center solution provides a strategy that takes advantage of Huawei's CloudEngine 12800 hardware platform to deliver accelerated high-performance gateway capabilities into Microsoft Hyper-V Network Virtualization environments.
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.