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Huawei has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first software-defined agile Internet of Things (IoT) solution, at its Network Congress 2015 in Beijing.
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The Chinese supplier said it will enable objects to connect to the internet and communicate with one another while allowing network management and maintenance. Agile IoT consists of an IoT operating system (OS), LiteOS; Agile IoT gateways; and an Agile Controller.
LiteOS, a lightweight IoT OS, is said to be three times smaller in size and consumers four times less power, as well as being up to 20% faster than competitive offerings. It will be made open source to enable third party developers to get involved.
Meanwhile, the Agile Gateway will bridge sensor and IP networks using a dynamic router to provide over 17 types of IoT interfaces, which will be able to load protocols from the Agile Controller according to service requirements, supporting local processing and decision-making through integrated compute and storage. The unit is industrial-grade and ruggedised to withstand electromagnetic interference.
Finally, the Agile Controller is an IoT platform to support unified management of IoT terminals, gateways, compute resource, apps and data, providing seamless scalability to manage and control the growing number of IoT devices in the wild.
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“IoT is the future of our increasingly digitised world and networks are key to driving value creation for enterprises. With Huawei’s IoT technologies and offerings, we hope to support the digital transformation of traditional industries and the development of the IoT ecosystem”, said Li Xianyin, general amnager enterprise gateway product domain at Huawei.
The company's IoT offering is already in use in utility meters, home appliances, power networks and even gymnasiums.
Enhanced Cloud Fabric services
Backing up its recent move into dedicated ICT services, Huawei also launched its cloud service-oriented Cloud Fabric 3.0 architecture, which will also use software defined networking (SDN) tech to support faster service and resource integration.
“With core infrastructure carrying cloud services, enterprises are facing new challenges within data centers,” said Liu Shaowei, president of switch and enterprise communication products at Huawei.
“Our latest Cloud Fabric 3.0 Architecture is developed to help enterprises build data centers that are elastic and scalable, to support evolving business needs,” he said.
A fully connected datacentre SDN solution, with 100Gbps connection and 25GbE access system, the latest version of Huawei’s Cloud Fabric adopts an open architecture comprised of its CloudEngine datacentre switches and newly-launched Agile Controllers.
It integrates Huawei’s new software-defined datacentre storage area network (DC-SAN) and software-defined storage network with the existing Huawei datacentre local area network (DC-LAN) and datacentre interconnect (DCI) network, to build better connected datacentres.