Campus Network Engine in the Wi-Fi 6 Era

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Shen Xiaochuan, CTO Network Solutions sales Dept., Huawei Northern Africa, Enterprise Business Group, talking about new Campus Network

With the advent of the Internet of Everything (IoE) and the cloud era, establishing mobile networks featuring high bandwidth, low latency, and ubiquitous connections becomes a priority. Wi-Fi 6 have become crucial for connectivity in this new era due to its technical advantages.

Wi-Fi 6 outperforms Wi-Fi 5 by introducing many technologies such as Multiple-User Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) (in both upstream and downstream), Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA), and 1024-state Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (1024-QAM). By delivering four-fold increases in both user access capacity and service bandwidth, Wi-Fi 6 allows users to connect concurrently in high-density Wi-Fi scenarios and ensures good user experience for applications that require high bandwidth and low latency. The emergence of new technologies has greatly improved Wi-Fi performance, ensuring that Wi-Fi will be the preferred access mode for digital production and services in campus.

Meanwhile, cloud technologies are transforming the way users experience applications on campus networks at an accelerated pace. More applications, spanning from offices to production lines, will shift from on-premises deployment to cloud deployment, greatly disrupting the data traffic model of campus networks. The bandwidth requirement of a single user will increase to 50Mbps above. At the same time, each application needs to provide 10 ms ~ 30 ms latency assurance, which is a strong challenge for campus network.

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It is time to rethink how to build a new campus network that ensures deterministic service experience. This new network should allow fast access and traffic forwarding for user terminals, provide efficient Operations and Maintenance (O&M) tools to IT personnel for real-time user experience assurance, and deliver an open architecture for future network evolution.

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New Campus Network Engine

A new campus core is required in the Wi-Fi 6 era

Nowadays, HUAWEI launched the next-generation switch, which are tailored for future campus networks. These additions provide the massive terminal connections and ultrafast service access needed for the Wi-Fi 6 era, it will work as the cornerstone for building a service experience-centric campus network of the future.

CloudEngine series switches inherits the distributed hardware architecture to ensure high reliability and smooth evolution in the future. Meanwhile, based on next-generation backplane and Switch Fabric Units (SFUs), CloudEngine switch provides a high density of up to 288 x 100GE ports, and delivers up to 4.8 Tbit/s single-slot bandwidth and 57.6 Tbit/s switching capacity, six times that of the industry average, as verified by Tolly (Download Tolly Report).

A broad range of features are offered, and smooth evolution for wired and wireless convergence

Huawei is the first vendor in the industry to propose and launch wired and wireless convergence features and solutions, which have been widely used and proven in medium- and large-sized networks in world-renowned universities, governments, enterprises, stadiums, and primary/secondary education institutions. To embrace the all-wireless access trend in the campus network domain, New CloudEngine S12700E integrates the WLAN AC function based on Solar S-series programmable chips to manage up to 10,000 APs and allow concurrent access of 50,000 users. CloudEngine S12700E achieves true wired and wireless convergence, including centralized service forwarding, unified device management, and converged policy control. This convergence saves a considerable amount of network construction and operating costs compared with a standalone WLAN AC or WLAN AC cards (used with modular switches). Only one switch can manage devices, users, and policies in a unified manner.

Stay safe, stay connected now and in the future

The Wi-Fi 6 era is fast approaching. In preparation, Huawei has launched the industry-leading CloudCampus2.0 Solution based on brand new iMaster NCE-Campus platform, CampusInsight, an intelligent O&M platform based on AI, New CloudEngine S-series switches and AirEngine series WLAN products. This future-proof solution can help customers build a super capacity, intelligent and autonomous driving campus network centered on service experience.

As a leading global campus network solution provider, Huawei is dedicated to future-proof R&D and design, and continuously innovates products and solutions best suited for customers’ growing service needs. Huawei constantly provides the leading and most suitable network solutions for global customers and helps accelerate digital transformation across industries.

Stay safe, stay connected, let’s building a future-proof campus network together.

To learn more about Huawei CloudEngine S-series switches, visit:

Huawei Releases the CloudCampus 2.0 Solution to Lead Campus Networks into the Gigabit Fully-Wireless Intelligence Era:

Last modified: December 30, 2020

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