[Paris, France, April 10, 2019] At MPLS+SDN+NFV World Congress 2019, Huawei participated in multi-vendor interoperability tests conducted by the European Advanced Network Test Center (EANTC), which has recently released its 2019 Interoperability Test White Paper. The interoperability tests brought together 20 vendors, and focused on Segment Routing (SR), Ethernet VPN (EVPN), software defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), clock, and microwave. Several vendors were also involved in the SRv6 interoperability tests, including device vendors and instrument vendors.
SRv6, which is a next-generation core protocol based on native IPv6 and source routing, is a successor to MPLS on IP transport networks. It replaces and simplifies complex protocols running on existing networks, improves network configuration efficiency, and helps provide application-level management and services. In addition, SRv6 enables the network controller to implement path programmability, providing differentiated SLA assurance for a wide range of services and applications. Only the transport networks that are fully SRv6-ready will be able to meet service transport requirements in the 5G and cloud era.
The outcomes of the SRv6 Interoperability tests include:
- EVPN over SRv6 is a future-proof simplified protocol.
- VPNv6 over SRv6 enables IPv6-capable devices to provide stronger, more flexible access and transport services.
The test results confirm the interoperability of Huawei’s SRv6 implementation in typical SRv6 usage scenarios and lay the foundation for subsequent commercial use of SRv6. The protocol maturity and growing industry chain will provide further impetus for the SRv6 industry.
Carsten Rossenhoevel, Managing Director, EANTC, said, "SRv6 is an elegant protocol having the potential to simplify next-generation transport networks configuration and management. We are proud that the 2019 EANTC test event has helped to improve interoperability of Huawei and other vendors’ SRv6 implementations – regarding diverse functionality and failover procedures. The results confirm that the technology keeps its promises, and that participating SRv6 implementations are ready for evaluation in service provider environments."