Amsterdam data centre buys Huawei kit

By:
Alan Burkitt-Gray
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Amsterdam-based AMS-IX internet exchange has bought a Huawei data centre interconnect platform

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has sold its data centre interconnect platform to AMS-IX, the Amsterdam internet exchange.

The deal, announced at the Huawei Connect user conference in Shanghai, is believed to be the Chinese company’s first publicly announced data centre contract in Europe. Most of Huawei’s previous data centre contracts have been in Asia and the Middle East.

“Since last year we have been looking for a data centre interconnect (DCI) solution to bring down both cost and implementation time for extra bandwidth while ensuring a future-proof network for our customers,” commented Henk Steenman, CTO of AMS-IX. “With its OSN902, Huawei has delivered a solution that perfectly fits these requirements. AMS-IX and Huawei worked closely together so that Huawei was able to provide us with a tailored, cost-efficient and easy to manage DCI solution.”

Huawei said that the OSN902 provides high security encryption, high capacity, simple management with ultra-low power and front-to-back cooling for a green IT and data centre environment.

“As enterprises and service providers adopt an ever increasing number of big data and cloud-based solutions, catering for the huge demands on their network capacity is a constant challenge for internet exchanges,” commented Wonder Wang, CEO Huawei Technologies Netherlands. “From now on, AMS-IX will be able to easily manage the traffic in its metro area network for the benefit of millions of end-users.”

Steenman added: “AMS-IX has grown from two points-of-presence into a metro area network, built over hundreds of fibres.”

Meanwhile at the Huawei Connect event, the vendor gave more details of its cloud and software-defined networking (SDN) plans. Swift Liu, president of Huawei’s enterprise network product line, announced the company’s Agile Network 2016 strategy. “This network is able to connect every part of an enterprise, every IoT system, and every mobile device,” he said.

Zheng Yelai, president of the Huawei IT product line, announced 31 FusionCloud services plus FusionStorage 6.0 and the FusionStage platform-as-a-service range.