China Telecom has selected ZTE for the provincial cloud resource pool pre-commercial trial software-defined network (SDN) project. The project encompasses seven Chinese provinces: Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangxi, Sichuan, Hunan and Jiangxi.
SDN is a developing architecture designed to enable network control using application program interfaces (APIs), or open programmatic interfaces like OpenFlow. The technology helps identify the best route to direct traffic flows across a network. Whenever a packet of data is forwarded to a network switch, principles built into the switch determine where to forward the packet to next. Though still an emerging technology, China has begun to embrace SDN.
ZTE is a major Chinese telecom equipment and systems company. Under the collaboration, ZTE will provide China Telecom full series of SDN solution, including ZENIC vDC controller, Distributed Virtual Switch (DVS), V6000 vRouter, and virtual Firewall (vFW). The SDN controller, VxLAN gateway, virtual switch at Network Virtual Endpoint (NVE) and virtual Firewall will be delivered using virtual machines, according to the companies.
China Telecom said it will launch a cloud resource pool capable of supporting platforms and IT systems. The company said the need for support for automatic resource pool deployment, multi-tenant service, resource pool interconnection while managing construction costs, is driven by the service’s popularity.
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