H3C Application-Driven Data Center 5.0 Solution

10-07-2019
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Solution Overview

H3C Application-Driven Data Center (AD-DC) 5.0 is a unified next-generation data center solution designed to support accelerated service delivery. It helps customers build an intelligent data center network that can change quickly to accommodate exponentially growing traffic and accelerated service provisioning driven by cloud computing, big data, and mobile Internet.

The H3C AD-DC 5.0 solution offers the following capabilities:

Orchestration—Deploys H3C SeerNetwork Architecture (SNA) Center to provide a converged architecture that enables unified end-to-end service orchestration across the entire network. It provides a one-stop, end-to-end closed-loop solution that encompasses network architecture design, simulation, deployment, and operations.

Automation—Deploys the H3C SeerEngine to automate network device incorporation and service provisioning.

Analytics—Deploys the H3C SeerAnalyzer to offer AI and big data assisted analytics, enabling administrators to gain a holistic view of the network and quickly identify and resolve network issues.

Lossless fabrics—Deploys H3C high-performance data center switches designed for this cloud computing era to build lossless fabrics that offer ultra-high bandwidth and ultra-low latency.

H3C AD-DC 5.0 solution

Features and Benefits

Elastic, Reliable Network Architecture

H3C AD-DC 5.0 is designed for openness. It provides extensive support for standard protocols, including EVPN, VXLAN, OVSDB, OpenFlow, NETCONF, INT, gRPC, and ERSPAN. Customers can integrate it with third-party resource management platforms or cloud platforms to provide unified management and avoid the risk of vendor lock-in.

Dater center networks (DCNs)—H3C offers a full portfolio of DC switches to address diversified demands of customers for connection speeds within a data center. For example, the S12500 switch series and the S6800 switch series provide connections from 10 GE, 25 GE, 40 GE, and 100 GE, to 400 GE. All these switches support state-of-the-art overlay technologies such as VXLAN and EVPN for elastic expansion of data center networks.

Dater center interconnect (DCI)—H3C offers a wide range of hardware platforms for DCI, including optical transport network (OTN) products and high-performance switching products that can provide connections as fast as 400 G. Advanced DCI software features are also available to extend Layer 2 connectivity across multiple data centers for long-distance virtual machine workload mobility and data mobility, disaster recovery, and business continuity. The H3C AD-DC 5.0 solution deploys Ethernet Virtual Interconnect 2.0 (EVI 2.0) to support distributed service deployment across data centers. EVI 2.0 uses VXLAN in the data plane and MP-BGP EVPN in the control plane. This allows the solution to interconnect the virtual resources pools of data centers for unified resource management and allocation.

Elastic, reliable network architecture

End-to-End Automation

Network fabric automation—The solution offers not only automated role-based underlay deployment but also automated overlay deployment.

Service automation—The SeerEngine provides automated service-based network configuration deployment to help customers accelerate service provisioning. The SeerEngine communicates with devices through standard southbound protocols such as NETCONF and OVSDB. When IT managers or tenants launch new services, the controller quickly delivers the abstracted logical network configuration to related physical devices, improving service deployment efficiency by more than 90%.

Integrated All-Facet Security Protection

On-demand security resource scheduling—Security resources are pooled for orchestration based on policy-driven security service chaining. Security policies can be dynamically established to meet businesses' security requirements on demand, providing comprehensive protection of both internal and external traffic for tenants.

Unified network and security for coordinated defense—Through network-wide "network + security" collaboration and coordinated defense, and cooperation with the SeerEngine, AD-DC 5.0 provides a three-tier coordinated closed-loop defense system that encompasses analysis, control, and implementation capabilities. Through SeerEngine, AD-DC 5.0 automates business-driven policy establishment and deployment and enables the transition from using manual approaches for network management and maintenance to AI-driven operations (AIOps), saving operations expenses by more than 80%.

All-facet, integrated security protection

Compute Resource Collaboration

As the pipeline to transport data, the data center network requires seamless integration and compatibility with compute resources. Based on the standard OpenStack architecture and projects, AD-DC 5.0 can automate the provisioning of all types of compute resources including virtual, bare metal, and containerized, improving compute resource provisioning efficiency by 70%.

Virtual resource provisioning—By coupling with OpenStack's VLAN model and hierarchical port binding feature, AD-DC 5.0 provides support for most mainstream compute virtualization platforms in the industry including KVM, VMware, and H3C CAS.

Bare metal resource provisioning—Based on the OpenStack Ironic project, AD-DC 5.0 seamlessly integrates with OpenStack to provide one-stop on-demand provisioning service for bare metal resources on tenant networks.

Container network resource provisioning—AD-DC 5.0 can cooperate with open-source container platforms based on Kubernetes and Openshift to automate container network resource provisioning on demand.

Lossless Ethernet

With the evolution of technology and the variety of applications, the requirements for network transmission are also increasing. Lossless Ethernet uses several major technologies such as PFC (Priority-based Flow Control), ECN (Ethernet Congestion Notification), ETS (Enhanced Transmission Selection), DCB (Data-Center Bridging) and so on to ensure network transmission reliability and reduce the packet loss rate.

Lossless Ethernet

Lossless Ethernet can not only reduce the packet loss rate, but also significantly reduce the transmission delay compared to traditional TCP/IP networks. It is often used in Machine learning, Real-time game, Distributed storage, HPC (high performance computing) and other scenarios.

Proactive Operations and Maintenance

Powered by SeerEngine and technologies such as gRPC and in-band telemetry (INT), AD-DC 5.0 can achieve millisecond-precision data capture, mega scale VM data analysis, and real-time fault detection. Based on global network monitoring, visual tenant network presentation, and business model deduction capabilities, AD-DC 5.0 allows customers to perform accurate fault location, risk prediction, and trend analysis. AD-DC 5.0 provides closed-loop business O&M that encompasses perception, pre-judgment, and execution, shortening fault resolution time from hours to minutes.

AD-DC 5.0 provides underlay and overlay topologies and their correlations. It also provides AI-enabled network health monitoring capabilities to give administrators a holistic view of the entire network and quickly identify and resolve network issues.

Proactive operations and maintenance

Openness and Programmability

A software-defined data center network allows administrators to customize the data center more flexibly at the control plane. As an SDN-based controller, H3C SeerEngine is the real performer and core of programmable data centers. With its high reliability, high performance, fully open interfaces, and programmable extensibility, SeerEngine is changing the deployment mode and operation mode of the network. SeerEngine provides richer and more flexible functions to help enterprises adapt to changing network trends and build an intelligent, secure, and reliable information network.

In the northbound direction, SeerEngine adopts open, standard RESTful APIs or Java embedded APIs, allowing users to develop programmable SDN apps of their own. In the southbound direction, SeerEngine adopts standard southbound interfaces defined by the OpenDayLight organization, including OpenFlow, NETCONF, and OVSDB interfaces.

Typical Scenarios

Multi Fabric

AD-DC 5.0 support Multi Fabric Scenario with only one SNA Center. The SNA cluster can be distributed deployed in multiple fabrics with 2+1+1 mode (three servers cluster and one standby server). Support end-to-end automation, active-standby egress between fabrics, and these fabrics can also be managed independently.

2+1+1 mode cluster controller in multi fabric scenario

Vertical Deployment

Since the first version of AD-DC 1.0 was released in 2015, H3C has successively launched 2.0, 3.0 and the latest AD-DC 5.0 solution. With mature, stable and rich solution features, it has helped more than 700 customers across industries accelerate their digital transformation. AD-DC 5.0 uses the brand new converged architecture SNA (SeerNetwork Architecture) to facilitate cross-domain management. Combining advanced technologies such as AI, big data, and In-band Network Telemetry (INT) to provide customers with an intelligent and visual operation and maintenance management platform to locate network faults more quickly, and achieve faster deployment.

Typical Cases

Solution Value

H3C is committed to helping customers build efficient, safe and reliable data centers.

The AD-DC 5.0 solution is based on containerized deployment and saves investment costs through polymorphous computing resource linkage (VM, BM, and Container).

SNA architecture creates an unmanned network, greatly lower down the TCO by improving the efficiency of the network and reducing the complexity of O&M.

Flexible service chain and micro-segmentation technology provide comprehensive protection for data center security.

Telemetry-based data collection technology, real-time dynamic analysis of network anomalies, rapid location, and troubleshooting guarantee network security in real-time.

Products

Scenario

Role

Devices

Board Type

DCN

Spine Only

S9820-64H

-

Spine & Border

S12500X-AF

HB、HF

S9850

-

S6850

-

S6805

-

S6800-H1/H3

-

Leaf

S12500X-AF

HB、HF

S9850

-

S6860

-

S6850

-

S6805

-

S6800-H1/H3

-

Firewall

F5030/F5030D

-

F5060/F5060D

-

F5080/F5080D

-

DCI

ED

S12500X-AF

HB、HF

S9850

-

S6850

-

S6805

-

S6800-H1/H3

-

Order Information

Product

Description

SNA Center #1

LIS-SNACenter-Basic

H3C SNA Center Basic License

LIS-SNACenter-DC-VAR

H3C SNA Center Software Feature License, 1 Data Center Controller Cluster

LIS-vDHCP1000

H3C vDHCP1000 License(Comware 9,STANDARD Edition, Permanent)

SeerEngine #1

LIS-SeerEngine-DC-BAS1

H3C SeerEngine DC Software 1 Server Node License

LIS-SeerEngine-DC-PSW-VAR

H3C SeerEngine DC Software 1 Physical NE License

LIS-SeerEngine-DC-SC-VAR

H3C SeerEngine DC Software 1 Virtual Service Node License

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