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Huawei Promotes NetMatrix for NFV, SDN

By Paula Bernier October 25, 2013

Huawei, at the Broadband World Forum 2013 this week, showed off NetMatrix, its orchestration and management system that can be used in network functions virtualization and software-defined networking environments.

NetMatrix offers E2E inter-controller orchestration, SDN and traditional network orchestration, and network and DC resource orchestration. This allows network operators to configure the network so that resources can be distributed and delivered on demand. And, it shields operational support systems from complicated differences between various vendors’ network equipment and devices.

"SDN is starting a virtual, automatic, intelligent and open network revolution. However, the most far-reaching impact brought by SDN is on user experience-oriented networks,” said Lu Hongju, president of the Huawei OSS and Service Product Line. “NetMatrix, a Huawei SDN/NFV orchestration and management system, is devoted to helping carriers deploy their networks based on services, and convert high bandwidth into high value."

NetMatrix lives under the umbrella of SoftCOM, which Huawei describes as a future-oriented end-to-end ICT network architecture based on ideas such as cloud computing, SDN, NFV, and network openness.

The company also recently announced its Carrier-Class SDN Controller-SNC. 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.” Moreover, it comes along with Huawei's Open Programmable System designed to allow developers to use multiple programming languages (C, Python, Java, and more) and interfaces.

Edited by Blaise McNamee

Executive Editor, TMC

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