Compromised User ExperienceTraditional network management is focused on network connection status and faults, but is unable to detect user experience in real time. User experience is increasingly valued by enterprises to boost customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Low Operating EfficiencyMore than 63 percent of networks are still managed manually, and the response to frequent network policy changes is inefficient. End-to-end automation would vastly improve network operating efficiency for enterprises.
Low Level of Network DigitalizationEnterprise digitalization is rapidly gaining momentum, but the network that serves as enterprise ICT infrastructure cannot keep up. Enterprises are looking for greater network digitalization to meet their growing service needs.
Frequent Data Security BreachesIn the digital era, new technologies bring enormous benefits, but also increased data security risks. Now more than ever, enterprises need comprehensive network protection to safeguard their data.
Huawei understands these pain points and believes that, in the future, enterprises will need self-healing networks with “autonomous driving” capabilities. However, the transition from an SDN network to an “autonomous driving” network is a long journey. The biggest problem facing enterprises lies in the huge gap between what businesses need and what networks can offer.
Huawei’s Intent-Driven Network (IDN) is an ideal choice for addressing this problem because it can digitalize enterprise networks, enable service policies to drive network policies, streamline network and service collaboration, and ultimately enable business success.
By 2025, there are expected to be 2.8 billion 5G users and 100 billion IoT connections worldwide, with 80 billion devices connecting via Wi-Fi 6. Enterprises of all sizes must therefore ensure ubiquitous connectivity for large numbers of devices and capitalize on both AI and cloud to greatly improve operational efficiency. By 2025, 97% of enterprises will also adopt AI. In the digital age, data security is crucial to enterprises and even key to their survival. As such, enterprises are looking for all-inclusive network protection to ensure data security. As digital transformation accelerates across many industries, digitalization of the network itself, which is the foundation of enterprise ICT, is not proceeding as expected.
Huawei's Intent-Driven Network (IDN) leverages a simplified, ultra-broadband network infrastructure to achieve not only wider access but also simpler management. A digital twin is used to build a digital world, enabling technologies such as AI and big data to be applied in the network field, realizing "autonomous driving" networks.
In 2019, Huawei clearly outlined intelligent IP networks, defining three core capabilities: intelligent connectivity, intelligent Operations and Maintenance (O&M), and intelligent learning. Huawei also released an innovative three-layer AI architecture for intelligent IP networks: an AI-powered device layer, an AI-powered network layer, and an AI-powered cloud.
The AI-powered device layer builds on Huawei's AI Turbo series of network devices embedded with AI chips, including AirEngine Wi-Fi 6, CloudEngine switches, NetEngine routers, and HiSecEngine security gateways. The AI-powered network layer is realized through iMaster NCE (Huawei's autonomous driving network management and control system). The AI-powered cloud comes with iMaster NAIE (the industry's first network AI center). The three-layer AI architecture delivers new levels of intelligence in IP networks and leads the new era of intelligent IP networks.
Huawei IDN provides enterprises with solutions tailored specifically to scenarios such as campus, data center, WAN, branch interconnection, and network security, helping them move toward a fully connected, intelligent world.
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Huawei CloudFabric Solution works with Huawei’s Agile Controller to provide customers with next-generation data center networks that use SDN technology to implement fast and flexible solution design, automated network deployment, and intelligent network O&M.
Huawei SDSec Solution enables more intelligent threat detection, threat response, and security operations and maintenance and improves the threat prevention capabilities of enterprise networks and telecom infrastructure, thus increasing security O&M efficiency and reducing O&M costs.
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