Intent-Driven Network

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Intent-Driven Network

1. Why is IDN Needed?

1.1 Compromised User Experience

Traditional network management is focused on network connection status and faults, but is unable to detect user experience in real-time. User experience is increasingly valued by enterprises to boost customer satisfaction and loyalty.

1.2 Low Operating Efficiency

More than 63 percent of networks are still managed manually, and the response to frequent network policy changes is inefficient. End-to-end automation would vastly improve network operating efficiency for enterprises.

1.3 Low Level of Network Digitalization

Enterprise digitalization is rapidly gaining momentum, but the network that serves as an enterprise ICT infrastructure cannot keep up. Enterprises are looking for greater network digitalization to meet their growing service needs.

1.4 Frequent Data Security Breaches

In the digital era, new technologies bring enormous benefits, but also increased data security risks. Now more than ever, enterprises need comprehensive network protection to safeguard their data.


2. What is IDN?

Huawei’s Intent-Driven Network (IDN), based on the simplified, ultra-broadband network infrastructure, achieves more widespread access and simpler management. A digital twin is used to build a digital world, enabling technologies such as AI to be applied in the network field and creating “autonomous driving” networks. IDN intelligently understands business intent, with the ability to deploy network services and policies as well as quickly provision new services. IDN has real-time user experience awareness and automatic optimization, ensuring a high-quality experience for user services. Based on the joint innovation with NetCity, Huawei has achieved the rapid integration of IDN with numerous industry applications and cloud platforms, supporting more extensive industry innovation. Due to the constant migration of enterprise data and services to the cloud, enterprises are attaching ever greater importance to security. In response, Huawei IDN provides proactive security defense services — which are accessible on-demand — to implement end-to-end intelligent security threat detection and disposal.


Huawei IDN provides enterprises with solutions tailored to scenarios such as data center, WAN, branch interconnection, and network security, helping them strive towards a fully connected, intelligent world.

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The IDN architecture consists of four engines:


1. The intent engine translates business intent into network language and simulates network design and planning.


2. The automation engine converts network design and planning into specific network commands and enables network devices to be automatically executed through standard interfaces.


3. The analysis engine collects and analyzes user network data through real-time telemetry and other technologies. Huawei does not collect user privacy data, but collects only user network data, such as Wi-Fi uplink and downlink rates, delay, and packet loss rate.


4. The intelligent engine, based on the analysis engine, provides risk prediction and handling suggestions based on algorithms such as artificial intelligence and continuous upgrade experience library.

In the end, a digital twin world is formed through four engines. The following network infrastructure will form a closed-loop system, which is the essence of IDN architecture whose ultimate goal is self-management and self-optimization.


3. Why Huawei IDN?


3.1 Intelligence


User experience awareness and automated optimization

Intelligent O&M: AI-powered analysis, enabling network fault detection within seconds

Intelligent prediction: Fault prediction and analysis based on machine learning

Intelligent operations: Network operations based on big data


3.2 Simplicity


Converged network and easy O&M

Simplified architecture: Unified architecture for hybrid cloud or multiple clouds

Simplified sites: Wi-Fi and IoT convergence, site integration

Simplified O&M: Automated configuration and on-demand policy orchestration


3.3 Ultra-Broadband

Ubiquitous access and connections

All-scenario Wi-Fi, connecting more people and things

Superfast AI-powered lossless Ethernet network400G DCI, Wi-Fi 6, and 10G PON

3.4 Openness

Extensive industry innovations

API openness: Intent-driven open APIs

Platform openness: Cloud

Fabric adapts to more than six mainstream cloud platforms

Device openness: Open uCPEs support more than 10 mainstream Value-Added Services (VASs)


3.5 Security

Proactive security defense

Service security: Security as a service, accessible on demand

Network security: AI-powered collaborative network security defense

Device security: Gateways integrating LAN, WAN, and security functionality

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