Huawei CloudFabric CloudEngine 1800V Virtual Switches
1. Providing a Powerful Virtualization Capability
Supporting network-wide virtualization solutions: The CE1800V extends the network management and control granularity to the interior of servers. It supports full-path network virtualization solutions by managing VM traffic in a fine-grained manner.
Flexibly adapting to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) architecture: The CE1800V supports processing multi-level OpenFlow flow tables. Working as the starting and end points of a Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) tunnel, the CE1800V encapsulates and decapsulates VXLAN packets that enter and exit a VM. In this way, VM deployment does not depend on physical network devices. As a result, differences among physical networks are shielded, and service requirements on physical networks are lowered. Therefore, the CE1800V fully adapts to the SDN architecture.
Supporting smooth multi-tenant migration: By leveraging the VXLAN to extend traditional VLANs, the CE1800V supports a tenant network that has up to one million tenants. Additionally, the CE1800V is able to isolate tenants into different subnets, and supports flexible VM migration across Layer 3.
2. Supporting Standard NBIs
Supporting the OpenFlow protocol: The CE1800V supports the standard OpenFlow1.0/1.3 protocol that serves as a Northbound Interface (NBI) protocol. It also supports a variety of standard SDN controllers, and separates the control plane from the forwarding plane in the SDN architecture.
Supporting the OVSDB protocol: The CE1800V supports the OVSDB protocol that serves as a northbound management interface protocol, and provides independent configuration channels. Standard SDN controllers can manage and configure the CE1800V using the OVSDB protocol.
3. Supporting Multiple Virtualization Platforms
The CE1800V features good compatibility. It can run on multiple mainstream virtualization platforms in the industry, such as VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, and KVM. By shielding the implementation differences among different virtualization platforms, the CE1800V makes network Operations and Maintenance (O&M) and development of new services easier than ever before. Based on its support for multiple virtualization platforms, the CE1800V can forward and process inter-VM data traffic in a highly efficient fashion.
4. Centralized Network Control and Management
Controlling virtual networks in the way physical networks are controlled: Through Huawei’s Agile Controller, network administrators can centrally control the CE1800V and physical network devices (for example, CE series hardware switches), and complete multiple functions such as delivering OpenFlow flow tables and guiding traffic forwarding, implementing separation of the control plane from the forwarding plane.
Managing virtual networks in the way physical networks are managed: By using Huawei’s unified network O&M and management tool – eSight Network Management System (NMS), network administrators can centrally manage and monitor the CE1800V and physical network devices (for example, CE series hardware switches), and complete multiple functions such as automatic version upgrades.
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