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UAE's First IPv6 Network Powers Manufacturing

03/04/2013 18:11:00


Since Tawazun was established in 2007, (borne out of the long-established Tawazun Economic Council), as an industrial investor for the UAE’s manufacturing sector, they have since developed a number of ventures ranging from industrial partnerships to strategic investments, adding value to areas including defense & aerospace, automotive, munitions metals and technology. Tawazun deploys an approach that strives to drive innovation through investing in research and development and ensuring technology and know-how is transferred through strategic alliances. As an active investor in both global and local markets, they partner with a selection of world-class players to build skills, expertise, products and systems in the UAE including Huawei Technologies who recently helped them to deploy the region’s first-ever next-generation communication protocol IPv6 network solution in the manufacturing industry in December 2012. As a design consideration for this solution, Huawei chose to take on a Dual Stack deployment methodology so that IPv6 could be implemented.

System Implemented

Tawazun believes in a strong technological base so that its investment strategy is able to drive change within the market place and achieve its vision ‘Building capabilities towards a balanced future.’ By selecting Huawei as its ICT vendor to deploy the next-generation network communication protocol IPv6 solution, ground-breaking work was made, creating a state-of-the-art IT landscape from scratch. The deployment is the first of its kind where a company in the UAE and a global ICT vendor have fully implemented a network backbone that is compliant with IETF, thanks to the numerous Requests for Comments (RFC) that Huawei has submitted, demonstrating its commitment to research and innovation to technologies in network engineering. The deployment of Huawei’s IPv6 network solution has since enabled seamless internet connectivity, high network and physical security while meeting the demands of high bandwidth to support image and video data.     

Business Requirements

Tawazun’s prime concern was to look for a robust technology and systems solution that could ensure the highest levels of security for its network. Any risks or potential network threats such as layer2 attacks for instance, that would compromise the safety of its mission-critical data needed to be mitigated at all costs. The system also needed to cater to its existing physical security infrastructure and meet its current requirements, while leaving the option open for later expansion without affecting the strength of its network security.

Tawazun also needed to ensure that Huawei’s network switch solution was user friendly, stable, efficient and affordable system that could meet the high bandwidth demands of CCTV, with the capability of delivering high quality recording and monitoring.     

End-user benefits

As leaders for IP technology in both the enterprise and telco carrier markets, Huawei understood that to support today’s cloud era, IP services, voice services and video services integration would be expected of its high-profile client and therefore, demanded higher bandwidth capabilities. Tawazun’s IPv6 systems solution enables:

  • Unified Security Architecture:
  • The Huawei IPv6 network solution provides Tawazun with unified security architecture over the network that allows the client to centralise and access all footage from its CCTV cameras and gain access to time attendance information.

  • Automated Management System:
  • This allows Tawazun to have seamless internet connectivity for automated management and surveillance procedures, and to intelligently monitor physical security at its site and safeguard access to its buildings.

  • Highly Resilient and Reliable Network:
  • Thanks to a network design that is flexible based on a IPv6 Dual Stack architecture and an efficient Cluster Switching Technology (CSS), the system has been built with redundancy to provide high reliability: in the case that one device fails, another one will automatically take over to ensure the user’s request is completed. At the same time, aggregated uplinks for a speedy transfer of data also enable seamless business continuity. Whatever the case, there is always stand-by equipment in the network at all times.

  • High Output with Lower Power Consumption:
  • High performance campus switches form the backbone of Tawazun’s IPv6 system. Using Huawei’s core and access switches (that is currently two to three times faster than the industry’s average), they enable high throughput supported by a port density big enough to ensure continuous data streaming for the operation of CCTV cameras: that typically is most demanding and yet critical for the physical security of its sites and buildings.

Vendor Selection

The Huawei IPv6 network solution was selected based on many levels of criteria; efficiency, high speed bandwidth, future expansion, cost and capabilities. Lower power consumption and strong local support through channel partners were also important selection criteria. The driving reason behind the selection of Huawei’s solution was the solution’s ability to reduce power consumption while maintaining high output, which is a major challenge now in the Middle East.

Deployment Process

It took two months to implement the solution, as there were 4 different zones to cover during the implementation process. Tawazun worked with Huawei and its channel partner Telelogix to design and implement a solution that could support both the IPv6 and IPv4 networking protocols in usage across Tawazun’s existing campus network. During a month of planning, a virtual model office was created where the testing could take place, before the solution was rolled out into the production and implementation phases.

With on-going training on IPv6 throughout the implementation phase, (provided by a set of dedicated resources on site from Huawei), the IT team of engineers and architects at Tawazun are well-versed in the technology so that they could develop the design to setup the physical connectivity.

Final Result

Following the deployment of the Huawei IPv6 network solution, Tawazun’s ground-breaking IPv6 system enables its end-users a seamless network speed in the way security surveillance videos are viewed, stored and streamed live. Now data can be retrieved much faster, on a more stable network. The solution has transformed Tawazun’s existing IT security system.

Thanks to the successful deployment of the high speed network powered by Huawei’s IPv6 network switches, Tawazun now has IT infrastructure in place that can support new innovative technologies which the organisation hopes to roll out and integrate soon. The project deadlines were met and the system was successfully deployed.

“Tawazun chose Huawei’s network solution because it met the company’s robust requirements and because Huawei has a strong customer service focus through its regional channel partner network. Huawei is recognised globally for its state-of-the-art technological innovation and ideas. We look forward to working together with Huawei to implement further IT solutions to strengthen and enhance our network infrastructure.”

Mohammad Saif Al Mansoori , IT Director, Tawazun.

Huawei launched its research to develop IPv6 technology back in 1998 and has since taken more than 70% market share in China’s telco carrier market. As a commitment to R&D, Huawei has approximately 7000 team members in this field of technology out of the 41,000 that is dedicated to our entire R&D projects.

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