Huawei Introduces Carrier-Class SDN Controller

By Paula Bernier October 24, 2013

The area of software-defined networking is hot, and everybody seems to want a piece of it. Not surprisingly, that includes network infrastructure giant Huawei, which today announced its Carrier-Class SDN Controller-SNC.

Huawei describes the product as “the industry's first carrier-class software-defined networking controller.” Its purpose is to act as the nerve center of the SDN network, handling control, policy, management, and optimization in an effort to enable carriers to reduce their operating expenses and roll out new features and services more quickly.

Huawei says the SNC is based on something called an advanced resilient distributed framework, is able to scale to meet any requirement, and serves a multitude of functions in a single platform. It also uses a “unique multidimensional path calculation algorithm and rich southbound interfaces to virtualize and optimize network resources in a centralized manner,” according to the company. And it comes along with Huawei's Open Programmable System to allow developers to use multiple programming languages (C, Python, Java, and more.) and interfaces.

All of the major telecom equipment vendors, including Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Juniper and others, as well as mid-sized vendors and a variety of upstarts, are now offering products under the SDN umbrella.

As mentioned in a NFVZone posting earlier today, Johan Wibergh, Ericsson’s head of networks, says SDN will create a major disruption in the market, and that it will have a positive impact on Ericsson a few years forward. Ericsson also is addressing NFV for telecom, he said, but he doesn’t expect this new technology to have any major positive or negative impact on the company in terms of financials.

A new study by SNS Research estimates SDN and NFV will be worth a whopping $4 billion next year alone. As NFVZone has reported, SNS Research goes on to say that it expects to see compound annual growth of nearly 60 percent in this space over the next 6 years. Meanwhile, SDN outfit Plexxi in an April wrote that it expects between 30 and 40 percent of the total networking spend to be influenced by SDN over the next six years, which means the total SDN market could reach $35 billion by 2018.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

Executive Editor, TMC

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