First Intelligent Metro Router for 5G and Cloud Era

Huawei net engine 8000

Huawei launches the industry's first intelligent metro router series, NetEngine 8000, at MPLS+SDN+NFV World Congress 2019.

To help operators build simplified and intelligent metro networks required for the 5G and cloud era, Huawei has announced its new intelligent metro router series, the NetEngine 8000. The new router aims to meet the need for diversified services and massive connections, delivering one converged transport, ultra-large capacity, end-to-end SRv6, and full-lifecycle automation.

With the explosive growth driven by 5G, cloud VR/AR and enterprise private lines services, metro networks are facing significant challenges:

  • 10GE metro cannot meet the 10-fold traffic growth over the next five years;
  • Today’s metro network can not support 1,000-fold increase in the number of connections, fueled by IoT and video services;
  • Low efficient network operation cannot address the needs for proactive O&M and intelligent automation for cloud services.

IP networking is a fundamental for 5G infrastructure. Ultra large bandwidth and application-level SLA are required in order to offer massive connectivity services for 5G vertical industries. The intelligent and all-services-in-one metro network is becoming an industry standard. The three key characteristics of metro network in the 5G and cloud era are: simplified network, intelligent connectivity, and committed high availability.

Speaking at the launch during MPLS+SDN+NFV World Congress 2019 in Paris, Kevin Hu, President of Huawei Data Communication Product Line, said: "Years of IP industry experience and innovation have enabled Huawei to develop the industry’s first intelligent metro router, with the largest capacity, SRv6-ready, and full-lifecycle intelligent automation. Huawei is leading the way in intelligent IP networks."

Key advantages of the NetEngine 8000 series router are:

New platform: The industry’s largest capacity with 14.4T/slot, and all-services in one

NetEngine 8000 series provides the largest capacity with 14.4T/slot. This is 1.5 times the industry average and the highest density currently available, with up to 36 x 400GE ports or 72 x 100GE ports. NetEngine 8000 series offers a truly compact design with powerful heat dissipation and an efficient power supply. The converged platform with SR, PE, and DC-GW together will simplify network sites and reduce costs.

New protocol stack: Support SRv6 for intelligent connectivity with the first commercial deployment

NetEngine 8000 series offers SRv6 capability which can cope with the massive connections needed by operators. It provides a better user experience and helps achieve smooth evolution from MPLS to SRv6. SRv6 is based on native IPv6. SRv6 also provides a range of expansion capabilities to implement automatic cross-domain connection and minute-level service provisioning, achieving one-click connect to cloud of service configurations and performing service awareness with the tenant/app level SLA assurance.

New Way of Operation: Full lifecycle automation

NetEngine 8000 series uses Network Cloud Engine (NCE) to establish intelligent connections and a new O&M system with high availability to implement full-lifecycle automation. NCE + SRv6 can implement 50ms protection, minute-level traffic optimization, second-level fault identification and minute-level fault locating for any topology. It significantly improves network availability and helps operators to expand their business in vertical industries for the 5G and cloud era.

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