To implement the all cloud strategy, the operator’s network needs to migrate to a DC-Centric architecture, where network functions and services will all run on the cloud. To adapt to this change, the access network needs to evolve into a cloud-based network. CloudFAN is a brand new architecture adopted by Huawei’s access network for cloud-based evolution.
For different scenarios such as home, enterprise and mobile, CloudFAN can realize one physical network for all scenarios and provide independent management by using a network splicing function. This function can also support network open access, providing wholesale services to virtual operators with different user resources and management in one physical network.
For the enterprise service, CloudFAN can support cloud management to realize end-to-end automatic configuration of enterprise leased lines, and its network slicing function, based on the cloud, can help operators to construct Passive Optical LAN (POL), provide flexible wholesale services to small and medium enterprises, and provide enterprise self-service.
For Smart Home services, the CloudFAN platform can support numerous innovative services such as home security, elderly care, baby care, the green Internet and home automation. The deployment of new services will ultimately become more efficient and faster through the cloud. This can reduce the need to upgrade and modify terminal software, in addition to providing user self-service.
CloudFAN can manage and control access network resources through the cloud, therefore the usage and efficiency of network resources can be improved, and help realize 24/7 user self-service. The CloudFAN platform supports the introduction of future innovative services and can significantly accelerate the commercialization of innovative technologies.
Jeff Wang, President of Huawei Access Network Product Line, said, "Under the all cloud strategy, the CloudFAN solution will be a brand new architecture for evolution towards a cloud-based access network. It realizes multiple services classified and managed on one network, provides richer home and enterprise services, improves the efficiency of network maintenance, provides optimum service experience for users, supports smooth evolution from SingleFAN to CloudFAN and accelerates introducing innovation technologies, and supports operators to help them achieve business success."
As the industry leader of the global access network market, Huawei continues to boost development of the ultra-broadband industry from SingleFAN1.0 optical-copper integrated access, to SingleFAN2.0 heterogeneous access (HetAN), and to SingleFAN3.0 any-media gigabit access. Huawei is always committed to providing operators with highly economical and efficient ultra-bandwidth solutions. Rollout of the CloudFAN solution will help operators build a cloud era access network that integrates voice, data, video, smart home, smart office, and future cloud services, and embrace a fully cloud-based gigabit connected world.