Nowadays, we have been discussing cutting-edge technology such as 5G, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence to change the world. These technologies are on the rise as they enable innovative services that can be adopted in the face of digital disruption. On the other hand, we often overlook intelligent networks, which are the foundation of enterprise digital transformation. Your network infrastructure is essential to success; it acts as a highway for your business applications to reach their destination and ultimately accomplish business objectives.
While each industry will have various business objectives concurrently, the technology that enables transformation will provide exact solutions for multiple purposes. For example, in education, we improve the quality and accessibility of teaching management by more than 40% by enhancing campus-wide wireless connectivity. We connect 90% of Internet of Things devices in manufacturers’ processes wirelessly to make them run quickly and smoothly by the automated system. In industries with many branches, such as retail and insurance, we connect all branch routers to the headquarters to control and guarantee critical applications using MPLS and internet connections while decreasing expenses. Additionally, we can increase efficiency in the finance sector by integrating finance services for all campus networks in every area to service consumers and employees without interruption, and we can analyze applications to improve the user experience.
The above examples are in-line with current trends and they also pose challenges. First, since the digital transformation trend in the network era needs a 100-fold rise in wireless terminal connections, employees or business applications need a lot of connections. From smartphones to robots and automated guide vehicles (AGVs), nearly everyone has at least two or three wirelessly connected gadgets in their life.
Second, one network is the concept of connecting each branch, headquarters, and cloud to the same fabric network to create and operate seamless services. In other words, we break down connectivity silos and combine them into a single network to create end-to-end visibility and control applications from anywhere.
The final trend to be discussed is that 80% of applications will be cloud-based. Your employee will establish a direct connection to the application, enabling instant response from anywhere. Additionally, when you launch apps in the cloud, the benefits include a quick time to market (TTM) for deploying and running commercial applications, as well as the ability to scale enormously in the future. At the same time, you can manage costs by paying as your business grows. As a result, almost all applications will deploy on this platform, and you must adapt your network infrastructure to support requirements such as employees wanting high-performance and quality-controlled connections from their devices to applications. Furthermore, you can maintain complete control over security and confidential data.
What are the crucial challenges to examine before embarking on the digital transformation journey?
Following the trend of digital transformation appears to be a solid idea. However, it presents additional difficulties when considering your individual business’ perspective. The following four challenges from your network infrastructure need to be solved before launching the digital transformation.
Discontinuous Wi-Fi networking
Too many areas cannot use seamless wireless signals, and you will lose your data when you are moving around while running your business application, such as connecting with a real-time Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP) or conference with your employees. The wireless blind spot and interference will create a big issue for your business application.
Cross-Domain fragile infrastructure
Separating silo networks from the branch network, wired and wireless networks and including network connectivity to cloud—is challenging to manage and control your data end-to-end and impossible using unified management.
Cloud outpacing networks
We can install network devices in any location, including branches, headquarters, or the cloud, because we combine connectivity to fabric networks. In contrast, we need to centralize control of all devices to automate physical installation, user policy, and any configuration via cloud management rather than through a command-line interface (CLI) with individual devices.
Trouble ticket-driven operations
When you have to handle a 100-fold network terminal or connect all branches into one global network, including extending the service to the cloud, the operation and maintenance (O&M) becomes complex. The operation team retains the same number of members to operate the network in the face of numerous responsibilities and challenges associated with business transformation. If you do not plan well, it creates nightmares for the operation staff.
Why does Huawei CloudCampus 3.0 ensure that your digital transformation is successful?
Based on the top three trends in digital transformation and the top four challenges in network infrastructure, Huawei created CloudCampus 3.0, an intelligent network solution concept that will help build the fundamentals of your network infrastructure. CloudCampus 3.0 has covered four solutions for establishing the most extraordinary network that will drive your business transformation.
Fully wireless networking
Huawei integrated 5G technology into Wi-Fi 6 ; this enables Wi-Fi 6 to serve various applications across campus networks, including office and production applications. For example, 4K conferences require at least 70Mbps per user and 700Mbps concurrently if a minimum of 10 users attends. Latency must be less than 20ms to 10ms for AR and VR applications.
Service quality is critical for the production application; we must ensure zero packet loss and seamless roaming while AGVs run in the warehouse or when robots assist banking customers. It combines high bandwidth with lossless roaming techniques, and we can analyze the data flow in real-time to optimize the user and application experiences.
With these conditions in existence, Huawei access point can meet requirements with a variety of Huawei AirEngine models, and we are the market leader in terms of the fastest bandwidth per access point at 10.75Gbps, which enables you to reserve 4K conferences for more than one hundred users concurrently. We can do so by leveraging 5G-powered Wi-Fi with 16 smart antennas to create the most excellent bandwidth and real-time connecting users to enable lossless roaming. We can reserve 1024 users and also the Internet of Things devices using massive MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output). We built the Internet of Things (IoT) card slot to merge the WLAN and IoT networks into a single access point. Finally, independent radio scanning; we can segregate radio scanning from normal user data to detect interference and network quality in real-time and recommend optimizing the best performance for the user while maintaining the highest level of security in Huawei AriEngine.
Our technologies enable us to cover all scenarios. For example, in a hotel, we can use the strongest signal to support two rooms concurrently. We support the mobile user with lossless roaming in the office environment anytime users walk around using the application. And, in comparison to industry-standard technology, we support 50% more users concurrently in the smart classroom. And for retail, we can boost best signal coverage by 20% to create an intelligent store, and we have a unique hybrid cable capable of supporting 300m with 10Gbps in direct to access point with Power over Ethernet (PoE) for large scale locations such as a shopping mall or public space in an airport.
One global network
Not only do we have the best network in all network scenarios, but we also have integrated physical network devices, user policies, data, and management planes into one global network connecting headquarters, branches, and the cloud.
The Software-Defined-Network (SDN) is a networking technology that enables the automation and verification of data and management planes to assist in managing the virtual network and the easy deployment of physical network devices and user policies through one-click management from the SDN Controller. Additionally, when SDN technology is used with WAN links, it becomes a Software-Defined WAN (SDWAN) Solution since you will be connecting all sites via WAN Links and constructing the end-to-end network and application.
From an SDWAN benefit perspective, you will get the ability to adapt your network to establish connections between sites or network devices, including LAN and WAN, and even wireless. Additionally, when customers use applications such as 4K conferencing from branch to headquarters, it ensures consistent quality and experience regardless of the user or application. Huawei integrates a 5G module card into the SDWAN router, enabling you to use MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) balance with 5G links and multipath to ensure zero packet loss even when some links have low link efficiency. We can also automatically switch between links to ensure the application runs smoothly while improving the user experience. Furthermore, certain cloud-based apps can construct a virtual router across five cloud vendors, allowing for a single hop to the cloud; we create a virtual path from our site directly to the cloud, complete with an end-to-end network for visibility and management of your application.
The SDWAN includes a controller that unifies everything into one global network. This controller is called iMaster NCE; it is a key component to build cloud management. It will aid in unified management and provisioning and the cloud-based operation of all network devices. The iMaster NCE is equipped with several key features. To begin, you can control both LAN and WAN from a unified platform, as well as plug and play all network devices across your sites. Additionally, you may automate network policies for all system users, visualize your apps, and manage your network using real-time data.
Intelligent operations and maintenance (O&M)
Traditional management makes it harder for the operation team to monitor and maintain the system. When a user complains, or the system crashes, the old-fashioned style will emphasize the network device level with Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). However, with Huawei AI-integration Powered’s of iMaster NCE Campus insight, we can now refer to the user experience as an excellent solution to tackle problems and issues. Huawei employs protocol telemetry and machine learning algorithms to maintain the user’s quality and experience in milliseconds, and we design the user journey to identify and resolve issues or ensure client pleasure. If we want to assess the user experience, we can trace it to the protocol and application layers. Simultaneously, once we have gathered data to create the data lake of the network system, we can recommend improving the network to provide the most incredible possible applications and users.
With iMaster NCE Campus insight, our approach to solving problems and issues will be completely different; we will focus on each user, moment, and application for this solution can provide excellent visibility and control. We can enhance the user and application experience with real-time monitoring, resolve issues in minutes, and finally implement intelligent operations and maintenance (O&M).
In summary, Huawei’s intelligent network has leveraged cutting edge technologies into CloudCampus 3.0. This will generate four distinguishing features: fully wireless networking, one global network, cloud management, and intelligent operation and maintenance (O&M) to support and follow digital transformation trends and address critical challenges. As a result, we can construct the fundamentals of network infrastructure to pave the way for your digital transformation success.