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Huawei Showcases E9000 Blade Server at OPNFV Summit 2017, Accelerating NFV Commercialization

JUN 15, 2017

[Beijing, China, June 15, 2017] The third Open Platform for Network Function Virtualization (OPNFV) Summit opened on the 12th through 15th of June in Beijing. Huawei launched a series of solutions engineered for the OPNFV platform and upped the excitement of the event with the release of the Huawei E9000 blade server, an industry-standard hardware platform for the network function virtualization infrastructure (NFVI).

As the NFV commercialization continuously gains speed, more and more carriers are opting for deploying the NFV network in an open architecture and fully cloud-enabled network. Such a deployment model leverages a fully distributed system and automated O&M functionality to help the carriers better cope with the ever-changing network requirements. However, higher requirements are posed on the compatibility and performance of the hardware infrastructure. In this process, the OPNFV open standards as well as the Huawei E9000 blade server are widely applied in the industry, greatly facilitating the commercialization of NFV applications.

Huawei showcases E9000 blade server at OPNFV summit 2017, adding fuel to NFV commercial application

The Huawei E9000 converged architecture blade server is staged at the Summit Demo exhibit area. The server combines the power of a built-in "NFVI 100GE Solution", which is the first of its kind in the industry, and delivers a 100 Gbit/s bandwidth per port, up to 4 Tbit/s external bandwidth per chassis, and a less than 600 ns port forwarding latency. These advantages enable E9000 to perfectly meet the demanding network bandwidth and latency requirements while at the same time effortlessly process NFV services at data centers. Additionally, the 100GE network can be seamlessly managed by the SDN controller. Regarding scenarios with specific requirements such as network protocol offloading and encryption/decryption, the Huawei NFVI solution provides FPGA accelerator cards and NVMe SSDs to slash the CPU loads and bolster up hardware efficiency. In the OS and virtualization software aspects, the E9000 provides broad support for industry mainstream CloudOS and NFV, and has passed multiple certifications of OPNFV, which makes the E9000 able to meet the requirements for the openness of carrier-class NFVI platforms.

As a Platinum initiator member and main contributor to OPNFV, Huawei has taken an active part in carrying out various initiatives headed by OPNFV ever since the first OPNFV Summit. With its E9000 blade server, Huawei has been integral to incubating the commercialization of NFV along side the world's major open source organizations. Huawei has contributed to a large number of projects, such as Yardstick, Dovetail, Compass4nfv, and Bottlenecks, in the OPNFV Community. Huawei has secured over 68 key positions in the community, including places in the board of directors, TSC members, project owners, and project committees. Meanwhile, Huawei's E9000, FusionSphere, CloudEPC, and ONOSFW etc. have participated in the interoperability tests in the OPNFV Plugfest. Huawei has been of vital importance in the success of Plugfest. Through its excellent performance in the series of activities, Huawei's E9000 also became one of the industry's first hardware platforms qualified for running commercial VNF software such as vEPC in open source environments.

According to statistics from Gartner, a world-leading information technology consultancy, Huawei ranked global No. 3 by server shipments and has ranked global No. 3 for 13 consecutive quarters by blade server shipments as of Q4 2016. Offering superior computing, storage, and networking capabilities on one converged architecture, the Huawei FusionServer E9000 blade server has distinguished itself as the paradigm of infrastructure platform in the NFVI space.