China Mobile deploying Brocade software in public cloud rollout
Fri 20 Jan 2017
Brocade software has announced that it has been selected by China Mobile to provide network functions virtualization (NFV) software as part of the telecommunications company’s public cloud launch.
China Mobile will deploy Brocade’s Virtual Traffic Manager software at key data centers, to provide agility and scalability for China Mobile’s public cloud services, while helping the company to control operating costs.
During the testing phase, Brocade software was able to achieve 200 Mb/s on a single virtual machine host. Brocade said that with the orchestration upgrade for China Mobile’s cloud data center, Brocade Virtual Traffic Manager (vTM) can achieve elastic capacity from 1 to 1000 Mb/s on each host machine. Testing showed that equivalent load balancing on a physical server would cost the company 50% more for the same result.
Brocade network functions virtualization (NFV) software will be used for traffic management at China Mobile’s Northern Base and Southern Base data centers, and will run on the Nokia Nuage virtualization platform. China Mobile and Nokia announced last week that Nokia Nuage had been chosen to provide software-defined networking (SDN) solutions for the public cloud project.
The Northern and Southern Base data centers, located in urban locations in Beijing and Guangzhou, play host to over 2,000 public cloud servers built using OpenStack and Nuage SDN solutions.
China Mobile is a leading player in the Chinese government’s Internet Plus initiative, created to further competitiveness in traditional industries through technological advancement. With a successful public cloud launch, the company will be able to provide cloud solutions to large-scale enterprise and government customers.
Henry Zhu, country manager of Brocade China, noted that Brocade was ‘naturally delighted’ to be selected as a software provider for China Mobile’s cloud launch, noting that scalability is integral to the idea of NFV software and that China Mobile is one of the largest cloud service providers in terms of potential scale. “This is a groundbreaking project within China’s service provider landscape and we are fully committed to ensuring it results in complete success.”
Brocade and China Mobile are both members of the Open-O project, a Linux Foundation based open-source group dedicated to the orchestration of NFV and SDN projects.