Huawei Launches Next-Generation SD-WAN Routers, Simplifying Cloud and Network Interconnection for Enterprises

SHANGHAI, Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei launched its next-generation SD-WAN routers. The next-generation SD-WAN routers use a unified platform and converge extensive branch services, including SD-WAN, routing, voice, firewall, and Wi-Fi to simplify service deployment. Leveraging the unique hardware acceleration engine, they offer 2-times better forwarding performance than the industry average. Additionally, they implement “3 intelligences” — intelligent application identification, application-based intelligent traffic steering, and intelligent acceleration — to simplify cloud and network interconnection for enterprises.

Nowadays, a growing number of enterprises are migrating their applications to third-party clouds or Software as a Service (SaaS) environments. Traffic surges on enterprise WAN networks but is transmitted inefficiently, imposing more-stringent requirements on WAN egress routers. WAN egress routers must support SD-WAN functions and converge multiple services such as routing, switching, and VPN to process services at a high speed and ensure the experience of key services.

Huawei’s next-generation SD-WAN routers include Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and universal CPE (uCPE). They are all developed on a unified platform, thus adapting to interconnections between branches and clouds of different sizes. The uCPE models provide an open computing platform, integrate various branch service functions, such as SD-WAN, WAN Optimization Controller (WOC), voice, Wi-Fi, and security, and implement automatic service orchestration through Huawei’s cloud-based Agile Controller, greatly simplifying branch deployment and Operations and Maintenance (O&M). The next-generation SD-WAN routers use a unique hardware acceleration engine, multi-core concurrent processing mechanism, and three-level high-speed cache, offering 2-times better forwarding performance than the industry average without any performance deterioration of concurrent key services. Moreover, they implement “3 intelligences” and offer lossless experience for key services.

The next-generation SD-WAN routers are available in 16 models, including AR3600 series designed for large-sized branches and HQ/data centers; AR2600 series for small and medium-sized branches; AR1600 series for small-sized branches; and AR650 series for Small- and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs), which are suitable for all-scenario interconnections between hybrid clouds, branches, and the Internet, meeting the service development requirements of enterprises over the next three to five years.

At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei also launched its SD-WAN cloud services that leverage the next-generation SD-WAN routers in combination with Huawei’s cloud-based Agile Controller and professional Managed Service Provider (MSP) services. Huawei’s SD-WAN cloud services are suitable for interconnection scenarios of chain enterprises, multi-branch large corporations, and SMBs. These services will provide enterprise customers with interconnections that are most suitable for cloud-network convergence in the all-cloud era, enabling enterprises to intelligently connect to the cloud.

Zhu Yaming, Deputy General Manager of Huawei Enterprise Gateway Domain, said, “Huawei’s full line of next-generation SD-WAN routers are developed for simplified cloud and network interconnections. Equipped with the unique hardware acceleration engine, they offer 2-times better forwarding performance than the industry average. They also support service convergence and simplified branch interconnection, as well as on-demand VAS provisioning, application-based intelligent traffic steering, and acceleration, significantly improving the branch interconnection experience of enterprise customers.”

Huawei has been making continuous investments and innovations in the SD-WAN field. Huawei SD-WAN Solution and products have now served more than 30 customers in government, finance, large enterprise, carrier, and MSP sectors, helping them achieve businesses success. For more information, please visit: https://e.huawei.com/en/solutions/business-needs/enterprise-network/sd-wan

Huawei AI Fabric Raises Ethernet to a New Level of Ultra-High-Speed and Lossless Performance

SHANGHAI, Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, Huawei released the AI Fabric Ultra-High-Speed Ethernet Solution that transforms data center networking with zero packet loss, low latency, and high throughput. The solution can help customers build a Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) network that is compatible with traditional Ethernet, leading data center networks into an ultra-high-speed and lossless era.

The solution applies to Artificial Intelligence (AI), High Performance Computing (HPC), and distributed storage scenarios. It reduces the communication time between HPC nodes by up to 40% while reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by about 53% compared with dedicated networks.

AI has already become an important tool for many enterprises, and AI use is growing rapidly. As described in GIV 2025: Unfolding the Industry Blueprint of an Intelligent World[1] released by Huawei, 86% of enterprises will use AI by 2025. As part of this trend, 180 billion TB of new data annually will feed enterprise intelligence and value. To enable the most efficient use of this data, ICT architectures are upgrading the data storage media from traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) to Solid State Drives (SSDs), which reduce latency 100 fold. For AI applications, ICT architectures are trading the traditional data-processing CPUs for Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) or even dedicated AI chips. These changes boost computing performance 100 fold or higher.

Traditional Ethernet places a bottleneck on data center network performance that prevents enterprises from taking full advantage of the latest storage and computing improvements. Enterprises need the network protocol to evolve from TCP/IP to RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE).

The Huawei AI Fabric Ultra-High-Speed Ethernet Solution uses unique congestion management and flow control technology to solve problems of long latency, easy packet loss, and low Ethernet throughput. The AI Fabric has the following characteristics:

  • Ultra-high performance: With three innovative technologies – accurate congestion flow identification, dynamic congestion waterline setting, and a fast backpressure mechanism – this solution delivers zero packet loss, high throughput, and ultra-low latency. This combination of performance enhancements improves the efficiency of demanding services such as AI training by about 40%.
  • Converged network: Based on a standard Ethernet architecture, one AI Fabric network can carry LAN, SAN, and Inter-Process Communication (IPC) traffic. Compared with dedicated specialized networks, this solution greatly simplifies the network architecture and slashes TCO by up to 53%.
  • Simplified O&M: The solution provides visualized Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the RDMA network and implements intelligent network optimization. The use of a compatible Ethernet fabric to handle all high-end applications means that specialists are no longer needed to provide O&M for dedicated networks.

Leon Wang, General Manager of Huawei Data Center Network Domain, said, “The network has shifted from a support system to a production system, and it has never been so important to business success. With over 20 years of experiences in the network field, Huawei is dedicated to cutting-edge technology research and innovative solution development. The Huawei AI Fabric will help companies build high-performance data centers to match the needs of fast innovation of services in the AI era, enabling data centers to become business value creation centers.”

Huawei AI Fabric Ultra-High-Speed Ethernet has been successfully commercialized by China Merchants Bank (CMB) through joint innovation. This solution helped CMB improve the IOPS performance of Microsoft Azure storage by about 20%, reconstruct the company’s data plane, and build a smart financial transformation platform. In addition, the Huawei AI Fabric won the Best of Show Award at Interop Tokyo 2018 and successfully passed the certification of an international authoritative third-party independent testing agency, the European Advanced Network Test Center (EANTC). The Huawei AI Fabric is pioneering the implementation of ultra-high-speed networks based on Ethernet and is already proven in independent testing and real-world applications.

Huawei is committed to working with enterprise customers in the long term and takes a future-oriented approach to drive enterprise digital transformation through the power of the platform. So far, 211 of the Fortune Global 500 companies (including 48 Fortune Global 100 companies) have selected Huawei as their digital transformation partner.

[1]: For more information about GIV 2025: Unfolding the Industry Blueprint of an Intelligent World, visit https://www.huawei.com/minisite/giv/en/.

Huawei Campus Switches Upgrade to IDN-Ready for Building Intent-Driven Campus Networks

SHANGHAI, Oct. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei launched its innovative S6720-HI series fixed switches, which are full-featured 10GE routing switches that come with 100G uplink and routing capabilities, and also unveiled high-performance cards for its feature-rich modular switches. These newest offerings help simplify the egress networks of midsize and large enterprise customers. Huawei also announced that it has upgraded the software capabilities of all series of switches to make them Intent-Driven Network (IDN)-Ready. These upgrades achieve intelligent Operations and Maintenance (O&M) and collaborative security protection of networks and help enterprises build intelligent campus networks that connect the digital world and physical networks, which in turn enable digital transformation across industries and maximize business value.

“With the pervasive use of mobile offices and cloud services, enterprises of all sizes need a network that can sense user and application experience and defend against threats,” said Zhao Zhipeng, General Manager of Huawei’s Campus Network Domain. “Huawei IDN-Ready switches are the cornerstone of building intent-driven campus networks that feature automation, intelligence, and defense against unknown threats.”

Zhao Zhipeng continued: “Huawei has comprehensively upgraded the software and hardware capabilities of its switches to simplify network management, sense and assure the experience and security of users and applications, and make network autonomy and self-healing possible.”

Huawei S6720-HI provides 100G uplink and routing capabilities and is ideal for deployments at campus egresses, greatly reducing the complexity of campus networks. As an IDN-Ready switch, S6720-HI uses real-time telemetry and extended Media Delivery Index (eMDI) technologies to intuitively manage and optimize experience with audio and video services. Further, S6720-HI comes with built-in security probes to implement Encrypted Communication Analytics (ECA) and proactive threat deception, enhancing campus networks’ defense against unknown threats. All the other HI series switches can have the same IDN-Ready capabilities as S6720-HI through software upgrades.

Huawei also unveiled a series of high-performance cards for its modular switches. These offerings improve total-user access and AP management capacity by 60 percent and accommodate future access of mass IoT and mobile terminals to the campus network.

Huawei is committed to working with enterprise customers in the long term and takes a future-oriented approach to drive enterprise digital transformation through the power of the platform. So far, 211 of the Fortune Global 500 companies (including 48 Fortune Global 100 companies) have selected Huawei as their digital transformation partner.

For more information about S6720HI and IDN-Ready Switch: https://e.huawei.com/en/products/enterprise-networking/switches/campus-switches

HUAWEI CONNECT 2018 –”Activate Intelligence”– is held at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center and Expo Center from October 10 to 12.

This year’s HUAWEI CONNECT conference is designed to help all businesses and organizations step over the threshold and stake their claim in the intelligent world. Participants are joined by the best minds in the industry – including global ICT leaders, industry experts, and ecosystem partners – to chart the way forward and explore new opportunities.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.huawei.com/en/press-events/events/huaweiconnect2018?ic_medium=hwdc&ic_source=corp_banner_allwayson&source=corp_banner 

Health Advocate from Rwanda Named as Inaugural World Thrombosis Day Ambassador of the Year

Christine Ashimwe, Founder of Rwanda Clot Awareness Network, Receives Prestigious Award for Thrombosis Advocacy Achievements

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) today announced that Christine Ashimwe from Kigali, Rwanda, has been named the World Thrombosis Day 2018 Thrombosis Ambassador of the Year. This prestigious recognition highlights Ashimwe’s drive to achieve the campaign’s mission of shining a global spotlight on the condition of thrombosis. It also showcases her ability to motivate others within thrombosis advocacy programs in Rwanda and around the world through innovative approaches to raise awareness and accomplish advocacy goals.

The ISTH launched the World Thrombosis Day Ambassador of the Year program to recognize a passionate ambassador who is dedicated to building awareness about thrombosis, also known as blood clots, in his/her community, region, country, and/or globally in an effort to save lives. Ashimwe was selected following a competitive review process of more than 120 global nominations.

“We are honored to recognize Christine Ashimwe as the campaign’s first-ever Thrombosis Ambassador of the Year,” said Gary Raskob, PhD, Chair, World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee. “Christine’s personal experience as a thrombosis survivor, coupled with her passion for helping others, is integral to her role as the World Thrombosis Day 2018 Ambassador of the Year, and her dedication to helping others inspires us.”

Ashimwe is the Founder and Executive Director of the Rwanda Clot Awareness Network, an organization of 100 patients, advocates, researchers and healthcare professionals in Rwanda dedicated to increasing public awareness and education about thrombosis. Ashimwe was inspired to start the Rwanda Clot Awareness Network after personally suffering a venous thromboembolism (VTE) in 2015, followed by multiple recurring blood clots.

“I knew nothing about blood clots prior to my diagnosis, which is why I am so passionate about educating others about the risk factors, signs and symptoms of the condition,” Ashimwe said. “I am proud to serve as the World Thrombosis Day 2018 Ambassador of the Year and look forward to leveraging this platform to expand awareness and share my story to inspire and motivate others.”

In recognition of her role as the 2018 Thrombosis Ambassador of the Year, Ashimwe will serve as a panelist during the World Thrombosis Day session at the ISTH 2019 Congress in Melbourne, Australia. Additionally, the ISTH will make a donation of $5,000 USD to the Rwanda Clot Awareness Network.

To learn more about World Thrombosis Day, visit www.worldthrombosisday.org.

About World Thrombosis Day
Launched in 2014 and held annually on 13 October, World Thrombosis Day (WTD) aims to increase public, healthcare professional and health care systems’ awareness of thrombosis and, ultimately, to reduce deaths and disabilities from thromboembolic disease through a greater awareness of its causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and evidence-based prevention and treatment. WTD’s mission supports the World Health Assembly’s global target of reducing premature deaths by non-communicable disease by 25 percent by 2025, as well as the WHO global action plan for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in the 2013-2020 timeframe. Visit www.worldthrombosisday.org for more information and to get involved.

About the ISTH
Founded in 1969, the ISTH is the leading worldwide not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thrombotic and bleeding disorders. ISTH is an international professional membership organization with more than 5,000 clinicians, researchers and educators working together to improve the lives of patients in more than 98 countries around the world. Among its highly regarded activities and initiatives are education and standardization programs, research activities, meetings and congresses, peer-reviewed publications, expert committees and World Thrombosis Day on 13 October. Visit ISTH online at www.isth.org.

Hexagon Digitalizes and Democratizes the Census Process with Complete Census Management Solution

NORCROSS, Ga., Oct. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hexagon’s Geospatial division is pleased to announce the launch of its total Population and Housing Census (PHC) management and workflow solution, HxGN Smart Census.

This new solution makes each phase of the census process smarter and more manageable. HxGN Smart Census pricing is agile, taking into account a nation’s surface area, population, and Human Poverty Index (HPI) to ensure that all  countries can participate in the digitalizing of their census processes.

HxGN Smart Census integrates traditional GIS functionality with a powerful workflow and workforce management tool to provide a total solution for census strategies: from pre-enumeration mapping, to digital enumeration, to post-enumeration dynamic mapping. It can be used on its own or integrated with a nation’s or organization’s existing GIS infrastructure.

The solution was developed in consultation with South African GIS experts, GeoSpace International, and has already been procured by South Africa and Botswana.

“With HxGN Smart Census, the census gets completed much faster, and the mobile application has made things much simpler for the field workers who are conducting the interviews,” said Shonisani Maranda, Senior GIS Officer at Statistics South Africa. “It also significantly increased the data quality, which allows us to achieve the UN sustainable development goals more easily.”

“Census data informs policy development, the running of public services, and the allocation of resources within a country. It is vital that all nations are able to utilize the right technology to ensure an accurate and effective census,” said Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon’s Geospatial division. “HxGN Smart Census is capable of democratizing the collection of accurate demographic data, and transforming this information into insights to make informed decisions to shape Smart Change.”

More information about HxGN Smart Census is available at www.hexagongeospatial.com.

About Hexagon’s Geospatial Division

Hexagon’s Geospatial division helps you make sense of the dynamically changing world. Known globally as a maker of leading-edge technology, we enable our customers to easily transform their data into actionable information, shortening the lifecycle from the moment of change to action. Hexagon’s Geospatial division provides the software products and platforms to a large variety of customers through direct sales, channel partners, and Hexagon businesses.

Hexagon is a global leader in digital solutions that create Autonomous Connected Ecosystems (ACE). Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 19,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.5bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB.

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