China Mobile is deploying Brocade Virtual Traffic Manager (vTM), an advanced network functions virtualization (NFV) system, in some of its data centers. The move will allow the service provider to deliver agile cloud services, while keeping operating costs under control.
The ability to deliver large-scale cloud services will be critical for China Mobile and its work with the Chinese government’s Internet Plus initiative. The goal of the initiative is to increase competitiveness, and support the development of new business models within conventional industries through technologies like fixed and mobile Internet connectivity, cloud computing, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Brocade vTM will be deployed at China Mobile’s Southern Base and Northern Base data centers in conjunction with Nokia, China Mobile’s supplier of software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV infrastructure. There Brocade’s vTM software will run on Nuage’s platform, which is a commercially supported version of the standard-based OpenStack SDN orchestration environment.
“The promise of network functions virtualization is the ability to scale services on demand. When it comes to service providers, they don’t come much bigger than China Mobile in terms of potential scale,” said Henry Zhu, country manager of Brocade China. “We’re naturally delighted that Brocade’s advanced NFV appliance technology has been selected by China Mobile. This is a groundbreaking project within China’s service provider landscape and we are fully committed to ensuring it results in complete success.”
When Brocade was testing its vTM, the project team was able to reach 200 Mb/s on a single virtual machine (VM) host and achieve elastic capacity from 1 to 1,000 Mb/s on a single VM host. The testing also showed that it would be 50 percent more expensive to get the same load balancing performance on a hardware-based application delivery controller.
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