China Mobile to deploy Huawei's CloudFabric for SDN data centre network

02 January 2018 | James Pearce


China Mobile has announced plans to use Huawei’s CloudFabric solution in order to develop a software-defined networking data centre resource pool.

China Mobile is developing a private cloud resource pool for data centres in Hohhot and Harbin as part of its aim to transform its traditional IT systems to a centralised cloud computing platform.

It has already completed the first phase of the project, but the second phase will be much larger, the Chinese operator claimed, resulting in what will be one of the world’s largest OpenStack resource pools.

Huawei CloudFabric solution will align with China Mobile's innovative POD and multi-tier Spine-Leaf network architecture. By introducing distributed gateways, SDN DCI, and other technologies, resource network deployment can be automated to provide high-reliability and high-performance forwarding services for various businesses, the Chinese vendor claims.

China Mobile has followed the principle of "planning and building private cloud resource pools slightly ahead of the times".

“Cloud computing is one of the key strategies of China Mobile,” said Huawei in it announcement. “Based on its definition of cloud computing systems, China Mobile mainly uses private cloud to provide cloud-based infrastructure services for its internal IT systems, including business platforms, IT support systems, and other internal systems. China Mobile's existing five private cloud resource pools can hardly meet its increasing demand for resources, making it a pressing need to build a larger resource pool.”

Huawei's CloudFabric solution has been deployed at more than 1,200 data centres in over 120 countries.