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CloudCampus Allows Enterprises to Make More Money

By Jiao Bingyang, Marketing Manager, Switch Domain, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

The price of new equipment is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to total network costs. In fact, it is the Operating Expense (OPEX) that typically accounts for the greatest percentage of overhead for enterprise campus networks, and therefore OPEX is the most critical area to address for improvements in cost-effectiveness.

The value of modern networks has never been greater. Whether enterprise smart offices or Big Data-based retail marketing, digital solutions rely on up-to-date networks. Enterprise networks support the collection, transmission, and data analysis for administrative, finance, marketing, human resources, sales, and supply chain departments.

Networks are the very foundation for digital transformations that demand more than simple product upgrades and platform replacements. Enterprises are best served by new campus network architectures that require smaller investments and fewer specialists to run the network that result in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) reductions.

Huawei CloudCampus Solution

Adopting an Internet-oriented approach for the CloudCampus solution required Huawei to create an ecosystem alliance by attracting dozens of application partners from around the world, including Cloud4Wi of San Francisco and FreeWiFi8 from Beijing. The alliance provides solutions for vertical markets that include eCommerce, education, and healthcare. The alliance is dedicated to promoting the digital transformation of enterprises by enabling enterprises to generate more money over and through their networks.

The Huawei CloudCampus solution covers the entire lifecycle of network planning, installation, O&M, and upgrades. The architecture allows remote, centralized, and automated management of multi-branch networks. A CloudCampus network can be provisioned and deployed by a single person in one day, who in turn can manage dozens or even hundreds of sites. Reductions in TCO can be significant. A 10,0000 store European retail chain reduced OPEX disbursements by 80 percent using the CloudCampus solution.

Enterprises Save Money

The three-layer architecture used by the Huawei CloudCampus solution features open connections based on Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) at the bottom layer, an open cloud management platform in the middle layer, and an extensive collection of applications on the top layer. This solution is holistic in that it covers all aspects of enterprise activities, from data collection, transmission, and analysis to upper-layer applications.

Compared to traditional network platforms, CloudCampus solutions offer faster, more reliable connections between all combination of people and things. CloudCampus is the first cloud-managed solution to leverage the standard YANG data modeling language developed by the NETMOD working group within IETF NETCONF. CloudCampus provides 20 types of APIs, including for network configuration; monitoring and maintenance; authentication and authorization; wireless positioning; and user behavior analysis. Open interfaces enable quick interconnection with upper-layer applications from multiple partners. The result is Huawei’s ability to offer CloudCampus platforms as end-to-end business solutions.

In shopping mall or supermarket scenarios, CloudCampus offers a user profile analysis function. Retailers can use Wi-Fi-sourced customer flow analysis to guide marketing activities and push online advertisements according to opt-in user preferences. These functions have been demonstrated to achieve a measured increase in customer revisit rates of over 60 percent.

Similarly, hotels can use data analysis to deliver personalized guest services. In both cases, the network functions have been designed to increase customer satisfaction and build business success.

The Huawei Electronic Shelf Label (ESL) is a CloudCampus application to replace traditional paper price tags, including the ability to update prices, promotions, and place of origin in real time. Labor costs can be reduced by 50 percent. Merchants that deploy the IoT/Wi-Fi Convergence solution can operate single networks for both ESL and general Wi-Fi use — reducing the cost of separate Wi-Fi and IoT networks by at least 30 percent.

In addition to conducting routine classroom management with custom modules, CloudApp has the ability to unify network management and service applications onto a single platform. Electronic classroom modules for interactive teaching and student management enable schools to manage attendance, online behavior, and student health. They can also monitor security by placing terminals in strategic campus locations.

The centralized, multi-tenant CloudCampus manager enables traditional channel partners to quickly transform into Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Through the cloud management platform, MSPs can provide multiple enterprises with managed services on their networks. CloudCampus-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) alliances can offer small and midsize enterprises a variety of upper-layer applications, such as Office Automation (OA) and attendance tracking, to improve enterprises’ customer experience and service competitiveness, and provide the basis for digital transformation.

Resolve Network Issues

The innovative Huawei CloudCampus solution reduces O&M costs by simplifying the network management lifecycle, including planning, installation, O&M, troubleshooting, and Preventive Maintenance Inspection (PMI). Cloud-integrated automation tools help reduce OPEX in the following ways:

  • Network planning: Wi-Fi planning tools are integrated into the cloud platform with the capability to plot wireless Access Point (AP) positions and synchronize the results onto a mobile device App automatically. Compared to traditional manual solutions that rely heavily on specialized engineers, the Huawei solution increases efficiency by over 35 percent.
  • Installation and deployment: The Huawei CloudCampus management platform is a plug-and-play experience that supports template-based pre-configuration of devices. Before devices are installed, administrators can remotely complete service configurations for the site. Installers need only use a mobile phone App to scan each device for registration onto the cloud management platform. After all devices are installed and powered on, they proactively connect with the cloud platform to complete the necessary service configurations from the cloud. This automation eliminates on-site manual commissioning tasks and dramatically accelerates network rollout.
  • O&M: Once online, administrators use a visualized Geographic Information System (GIS) interface to maintain the devices from a central location. Automatic troubleshooting tools reduce costs by remotely locating basic faults. For example, the resource allocation for troubleshooting labor in a retail environment using a traditional approach was 0.5 person-days/year/store and, following the deployment of a CloudCampus platform, resource allocation fell by 75 percent to only 0.125 person-days/year/store.
  • Network PMI: Using cloud-based Project Management Institute (PMI) tools, enterprises can query the status of large, distributed networks (+10,000 end-points) in minutes. The CloudCampus automated inspection increases PMI efficiency by 90 percent.
  • App-assisted O&M: The CloudCampus O&M App provides IT technicians remote access to control network conditions 24 hours a day.
  • The Huawei CloudCampus solution provides a full set of cloud management products for WLAN devices, switches, and firewalls. To protect prior investments, enterprises may freely switch between cloud and local device protocols, such as SNMP and Telnet.

    In the future, campus networks will provide a range of services far beyond office automation and Internet access by leveraging cloud, Big Data, and IoT technologies. Huawei CloudCampus networks are optimized to collect, transmit, manage, and analyze enormous amounts of day-to-day data, and to share the data with open cloud applications that unleash the true potential of business information.

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