As cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies continue to evolve, the digital transformation of enterprises has reached a new phase. There are apparent contradictions between the network demands by SMEs and the performance of the traditional network model, which mainly include:
The contradiction between the long network deployment period and the rapid business development demand of SMEs and chain stores;
The contradiction between the high requirement for network O&M skills and the basic O&M skill set of IT personnel in SMEs;
The contradiction between high network construction and maintenance costs and enterprises' business development; and
The contradiction between the lack of network openness and the strong demand for enterprises' application data integration.
SMEs users need a new network construction and O&M mode. The new cloud network architecture can solve the problems existing in the traditional network model effectively and has been increasingly accepted by users. H3C Cloudnet is a new generation of network solution designed to help SMEs complete digital transformation. Based on the powerful capability of H3C U-Center O&M cloud, it provides simple network deployment, better network experience and powerful value-added services.
Plug-and-play for all devices in the whole network, and zero on-site O&M
Users can create multiple sites offline at a time and generate automatic incorporation configurations for multiple sites. When a device goes online, the U-Center cloud platform automatically deploys the configurations to each site, realizing automatic deployment of multi-site devices with same configuration.
During the onsite deployment, IT personnel can automatically add devices to the site without scanning codes, which not only avoids the process of scanning devices one by one on the mobile app, but also free the IT personnel from collecting device serial numbers and importing them into the cloud in advance, thus boosting the efficiency of adding device SNs.
Using the Cloudnet app for automatic deployment can launch all devices on the site and automatically configure service network at one time. After a terminal is connected to the network interface or the wireless SSID, the network service is opened automatically and wired and wireless terminals become plug-and-play.
After all devices are incorporated through the Cloudnet app, Cloudnet automatically determines whether each device needs to be upgraded. All devices' versions are automatically checked. Users can upgrade all devices on the site at one time by one-click.
Using Cloudnet, the IT personnel do not need to determine the device types in advance or plan the connection ports betweens devices in advance. During the onsite installation, the deployment personnel can use any types of devices, and connect the devices through any available ports based on their needs, realizing plug-and-play. In addition, intranet devices can connect to the gateway through the L3 ports, so that all ports of the gateway can be used. Cloudnet can automatically identify device roles and connections between devices, and dynamically distributes device configurations and automatically incorporates devices based on the information obtained dynamically. In this way, the deployment mode is more flexible and less error-prone.
Intention-based network configuration, and IT de-professionalization
Conventional network configurations focus on the configuration of the VLAN feature of the device. The following steps are required to complete the deployment of a VLAN in multiple sites: 1) create a service VLAN address pool for the site, and create related interface on the gateway and bind it with the address pool; 2) configure the VLAN to which the device port/SSID belongs; 3) configure the VLAN connectivity between edge devices and gateways; 4) repeat similar configuration operations in other sites. These operations require specialist professional skills for users, and the entire configuration process is complex, error-prone, and inefficient.
Cloudnet uses the service network deployment solution based on user intention to quickly deploy the VLAN in multiple user sites. In addition, the solution automatically assigns VLANs to users without understanding the VLAN concept. Users only need to select the device port or the wireless SSID and the service network to be added, to automatically complete the service network deployment.
Cloudnet will automatically create a default service network. All available ports of the device and the default SSID of the site belong to this default service network. When wired terminals connect to these ports, and wireless terminals connect to the default SSID, the Internet can be accessed. The default service network can meet their needs with simple network requirements and no other service networks need to be configured.
Some commercial users or large-scale enterprise users with multiple branches such as chain logistics nodes and chain intermediary stores need to use the VPN technology to secure the connection between branches and the headquarters. By doing so, the branch users can access the services and functions provided by the headquarters or quickly send locally generated production data (such as data generated by bar code scanner or POS terminal) to the headquarters for summary. Cloudnet can create VPNs for such users quickly and conveniently, and has the following characteristics:
Multi-site deployment with one configuration: Cloudnet can complete the VPN configuration for multiple sites efficient at a time.
Default configuration for simplicity: Cloudnet provides various default parameters for VPN configuration. Generally, users can complete the VPN network configuration without understanding complex protocol parameters. The configuration process is simple and error-free.
Available in various networking scenarios: Whether the WAN uses a fixed link or 4G link, whether the mode is single-link or dual-link, whether there is one headquarters or two headquarters, and whether the interface is in active/standby mode or load-sharing mode, the Cloudnet supports automatic VPN deployment in all scenarios.
Better experience with cloudification management and centralized monitoring
Cloudification management for devices in branches and centralized monitoring of devices in the whole network provide one-stop Internet management experience and facilitate real-time network status monitoring.
The cloud platform introduces GIS to mark the location of devices based on maps, which visualizes the distribution of different devices. The visible and detailed monitoring of GIS maps enables network administrators to locate device faults in a timely manner, improving the efficiency of fault identification and troubleshooting, quickly restoring customer services, and reducing losses.
Cloudnet provides a professional online monitoring system to comprehensively monitor the IaaS layer resources, micro-services, databases and message queues required by the platform itself to ensure the stable operation of the platform.
Cloudnet supports the MSP account function. The network management service provider can set its account to MSP type. Then, users can authorize their accounts to the MSP account. After authorization, the management service provider can use one MSP account to manage the network of different users at the same time. With this function, professional network management service providers, agents, and integrators can efficiently operate and maintain tenants' networks at lower cost. The MSP account of Cloudnet does not need special authentication. As long as they have customers, agents and integrators can immediately transform into network service providers using this function to provide new network maintenance services for users and obtain continuous and stable earnings. For users, this business model that maintaining network by proxy allows them to focus on their own business services, while retaining the control of their own network.
Cloudnet allows users to customize the dashboard. Users can customize the exclusive dashboard with only three steps: selecting the template, dragging components, and optimizing and adjusting.
Monitoring the network in the Cloudnet app
The Cloudnet app features mobile O&M capability and allows IT personnel to track the running status of the network from anywhere and at any time. When the network fails, the Cloudnet app can be used to monitor and correct the fault remotely in a timely manner.
The Cloudnet app not only supports one-click diagnosis, real-time monitoring, and alarm push, but also provides common operations such as remote device upgrade, backup configuration, restoration configuration, and file management.
AI-based automatic driving for network fault identification, analysis and optimization
Cloudnet implements network monitoring based on user services, evaluates the network health based on the site in real time, assesses networks, and guides users to optimize their networks.
Cloudnet can easily find various network issues based on the symptoms with the powerful data analysis of the cloud platform. After learning the cases, it can use big data and AI analysis algorithms to predict the network fault trend and give suggestions and solutions for optimization.
The expert analysis system can quickly determine the classification of the problem, and identify terminal and network failures, and find out the root causes.
Its fully automatic network optimization can solve more than 90% of the network problems and reduce the O&M and optimization time by more than 90%. The application of AI technology will revolutionize the O&M mode of SMEs, lead the network O&M into a new era, and reduce the dependence on people.
Multiple authentication capabilities
Portal authentication, WeChat authentication, SMS authentication, and visitor QR code authentication are all supported.
The authentication page can be customized. What you see is what you get through full graphical configuration. The layout can be adjusted by dragging. The authentication boxes and buttons, such as colors and characters, can also be customized.
The developer mode enables users to develop the authentication page. Permissions can be assigned separately to operation personnel. Page customization providers better experience to the user operation.
Open API and value-added application for accelerating business operation
Cloudnet enables the application of converged scenarios including passenger flow analysis, hotel management, IoT and Wi-Fi, and provides various open interfaces and network data to improve customer operation and accelerate the business development.
Cloudnet supports online development to meet users' demands for upper-layer application development and terminal interconnection. Users reduce the terminal interconnection cost and manage the terminal devices through visualized operations. They can also develop upper-layer applications for connected terminals to support end-to-end service deployment. At the same time, H3C provides professional open laboratories for partners and users.
Cloudnet can address the pain points of the network of SMEs in the context of digital transformation. Its simplified, intelligent and open network cloudification capability brings different business values to the end customers and MSPs, so as to enable the network to better serve applications and increase the operating income of enterprises.
Benefits to users—reduce enterprise's operating expense, add value to applications, and enhance competitiveness
The simplified deployment and intelligent O&M of Cloudnet enable end users to enjoy convenient network services, shorten the network deployment period, and reduce enterprise's OPEX. In addition, the open cloud platform supports the interconnection with third-party services and the innovation of value-added services, realizes the integration of multiple services, accelerates the business operation, and greatly improves the competitiveness of enterprises.
Benefits to MSPs—expanding the service scope, reducing O&M investment, and increasing customer stickiness
Cloudnet simplifies network O&M, and greatly reduces the O&M manpower investment of MSPs. At the same time, combined with the open value-added capability of the cloud platform, the solution allows MSPs to change their operation modes to provide one-stop end-to-end services, and helps them to increase customer stickiness and realize business value.