ZTE ElasticNet


ElasticNet is a network solution augmented by Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) technology. ElasticNet is focused on control concentration, function virtualisation and network automation. It can be deployed in a range of networks including telecoms carriers, cloud data centres or company intranets.

The technology integrates SDN, NFV and cloud computing technology, upgrading a network from a closed vertical type to a more open horizontal model. ElasticNet provides organisations with a triple-layered network solution divided into: Orchestration & Management; Cloud Service; and Cloud Bearer layers. Alongside these sit the Edge, District and Central data centres which form the architecture of the telecoms network.

ElasticNet: Network architecture

  • Elastic vDCs: Applying best practices from the IT industry, NFV technology virtualises networks to generate maximum benefit from cloud-computing technologies while improving service agility and efficiency.
  • Elastic Orchestration and Management: Combining big data with operations and business support systems (OSS/BSS), MICT forms an integrated, cross-functional platform. MICT brings together SDN and NFV technologies to provide an end-to-end virtual service.
  • Elastic Cloud Service: Utilising NFV technologies alongside cloud-computing and virtualisation technology, this layer constructs the software-defined network. By gradually virtualising each layer of the network, it helps expand a network’s bandwidth and supports automatic deployment and maintenance.
  • Elastic Cloud Bearer: The base level of the architecture uses software-defined networking to configure optical and IP devices. The abstracted SDN control plane from the Elastic Cloud Bearer layer can be centrally deployed in different levels of data centre using the Elastic Cloud Service layer.

ElasticNet: Highlights

  • Elastic: A connected network significantly improves resource utilisation
  • Open: An open network simplifies the Test Traffic Measurement process and promotes innovation
  • Flexible: Flexible and integrated resource scheduling on demand
  • Simple: Decoupling software from the physical hardware creates an easy-functioning network