Huawei iMaster NCE featured in EANTC’s SDN interoperability tests

European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) has released its MPLS SDN & NETCONF Multi-Vendor Interoperability Test Report 2022.

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In SDN interoperability scenarios, Huawei iMaster NCE interoperated in all the test cases, which covered SRv6 Policy interoperability. In NETCONF interoperability scenarios, the model-driven open programmability framework of Huawei iMaster NCE supports fast, no-code development of third-party device driver packages and flexible service rollout.

During SDN interoperability tests, EANTC observed the reliability and consistency of the SDN solutions provided by different device vendors, and found that Huawei iMaster NCE possesses the following capabilities:

1) A complete path computation topology can be collected and constructed through BGP-LS, even for devices that are not managed by NCE.

2) PCE-initiated MPLS-TE/MPLS SR Policies can be deployed across vendors.

3) E2E BGP SRv6 Policies can be delivered across non-SRv6 intermediate nodes. Huawei participated in SRv6 Policy interoperability tests with its iMaster NCE that features flexible multi-vendor device management, interoperable standards/protocols, and an open multi-vendor framework. This product will accelerate customers’ move to IP6+ networks.

During NETCONF interoperability tests, EANTC focused on the NETCONF/YANG interoperability between controllers from certain vendors and devices from other vendors. Huawei iMaster NCE can quickly integrate and manage third-party devices due to:

1) fast, no-code generation of third-party device driver packages;
2) no residual data on third-party devices even after configurations are delivered, adjusted, and rolled back many times.

In addition, Huawei iMaster NCE adopts machine-to-machine interfaces rather than the traditional command-line human-machine interfaces, resulting in a more secure and faster O&M experience.

Regardless of the differences between device models from different vendors, the model-driven open programmability framework of Huawei iMaster NCE supports fast and flexible service-level programming, helping operators quickly roll out new services and achieve business success.

“As networks are evolving towards next-generation IPv6+, network controllers should be transformed from distributed control to centralized control. We need to construct a real-time digital map of the network to facilitate precise network control and meet the requirements of flexible networking, fast service provisioning, simplified O&M, on-demand services, and differentiated assurance,” Guo Dazheng, president of Huawei’s data communication domain, said.