Service Provider Cloud

Huawei Puts Network Management in the Cloud

Huawei is the latest vendor to take network management off enterprises' hands and put the job in the cloud.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. on Wednesday introduced Cloud Managed Network for wireless and wired network planning and management.

"We are trying to redefine what a cloud management solution should look like," Ajay Gupta, global director of product marketing for the Huawei Enterprise business group, tells Light Reading. Existing solutions take a cookie cutter approach and target the midmarket and SMBs, but the Huawei technology is designed to offer options and serve enterprises with branch offices, as well as Internet of Things deployments, midmarket and SMBs.

Cloud Managed Network comprises a cloud management platform, as well as Huawei Agile Network equipment that will become available in Q1 2017, including access points, firewalls, switches and access routers. Most existing models of Huawei equipment can be integrated with Cloud Managed Network through a software upgrade, Huawei says.

Enterprises can use Cloud Managed Network both from the public cloud or with on-premises private cloud deployment. The service is available either from MSPs or carriers, through Huawei network hardware and software, or on a Huawei-hosted public cloud. Cloud Managed network is now available for testing by MSPs.

Huawei announced an all-cloud strategy last month, and the Cloud Managed Network fits into that. "This is the first step in the direction of execution of that strategy," Gupta says. (See Huawei Goes 'All Cloud'.)

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Late last month, Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL) introduced a partnership with Aerohive Networks Inc. to provide enterprise wireless management in the cloud. (See Dell & Aerohive Partner on Cloud-Based Enterprise Network Management.)

And way back early last year, Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) announced its expanding Meraki cloud services for enterprise network management. (See Cisco Gives Its Software Licensing a Makeover.)

Huawei is a finalist in this year's Light Reading Leading Lights awards, in the categories Most Innovative SDN Product Strategy (Vendor) and Outstanding OSS/BSS Vendor. Find out who will be the winner at our awards ceremony Monday, May 23, at the Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas, the evening before the doors open to the Big Communications Event.

The Chinese vendor is now the world's biggest supplier to the communications service provider market. (See Huawei: New King of the CSP Market.)

— Mitch Wagner, Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading.

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