Dubai International Finance Centre accelerates its digital transformation to become the region's most advanced financial hub

Huawei's CloudCampus helps to quickly roll out super capacity, intelligent, self-correcting network

Sponsored Dubai, one of the world’s major centres of trade, is cementing its position as a pivotal economic and commercial hub for the MEASA (Middle East Africa and South Asia) region with a state-of-the-art infrastructure upgrade for its Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Strengthening the financial sector is a priority for the Emirate’s development and DIFC, which is among the world's top 10 leading financial centres, is at the heart of accelerating this journey.

While DIFC has always prioritised digitisation to enhance connectivity and accessibility across its hub (since well before the COVID-19 digital transformation wave), it was looking to scale up its existing infrastructure threefold by 2024. Huawei's new CloudCampus 2.0 solution was the perfect fit to meet the centre’s growing connectivity requirements.

A core component of the transformation was the launch of next generation Wi-Fi 6 in partnership with Huawei, which enabled the building of a gigabit-capable, fully-wireless smart campus network with the capacity to support innovative smart services. This digital transformation work with Huawei reinforces DIFC’s position as the most advanced financial hub in the MEASA region, offering the fastest wireless local area network (WLAN) technology to date.

Why is campus networking important for workspace transformation?

Many organisations started the process of digital transformation a few years ago, but 90 per cent of all digital transformation work took place at enterprise headquarters or larger subsidiaries. Now, ‘post-pandemic’, an increasing number of smaller branch offices and production terminals are going wireless. The same network has to cater to an exponential number of bandwidth-hungry and latency-sensitive devices and applications. Unfortunately, legacy campus networks are unable to ensure steady bandwidth, guarantee service quality, or proactively find and resolve network faults. Challenges such as these are roadblocks for enterprise campuses’ digital transformation.

However, deploying an intelligent campus network that enterprises can use to connect everything in their hubs can help to accelerate digital transformation. Supported by artificial intelligence (AI), Huawei's CloudCampus 2.0 takes campus connectivity to the next level.

How can CloudCampus 2.0 add value to an enterprise hub?

Through super capacity: Virtual reality (VR), cloud storage, IoT devices, optical elastic transport and cloud collaboration are the new realities of our workspaces, and they demand fully wireless networks with blazing fast speeds. To address such current and future requirements, Huawei has launched a full line-up of new, high bandwidth, and high performance wired and wireless devices as part of its CloudCampus 2.0 solution. These devices can help big or small enterprises build campus networks that deliver super-high speeds at every terminal and uninterrupted connectivity anywhere, anytime.

Through an intelligent experience: Campus networks today carry multiple key services, user and service experiences on the network, but these also have a direct impact on operations and collaboration efficiencies. The CloudCampus 2.0 Solution introduces artificial intelligence tools in the entire network and leverages Huawei's 5G technologies to intelligently learn of network changes, automatically optimize and reduce wireless network interference to improve network performance. It can also detect application types and dynamically adjust resources on the entire network, without compromising experience for key applications. Additionally, it automatically detects terminal roaming and achieves device-pipe synergy to push down the packet loss rate to near-zero.

Through autonomous deployment, service and remedy: Quick service rollout has become a prerequisite for solution providers. While it can take weeks to deploy a campus network consisting of thousands of switches, iMaster NCE, the universal platform for network management, control and analysis, is based on Autonomous Driving Network (ADN) architecture and helps roll out networks and services in days. This one system is used to centrally manage LAN, WAN, and WLAN networks, so new additions can be automatically deployed regardless of their size and location. iMaster NCE also supports continuous analysis of each user’s experience, in each application, and at each moment on the entire campus network, thereby proactively identifying faults and rectifying them before receiving any user complaints.

CloudCampus 2.0 is more than an upgrade

CloudCampus2.0 is more than just a technical upgrade of the earlier version. It ticks the box on every enterprise requirement for a campus network and assures quality, speed and security.

Enterprises can now extend their networks by linking up LAN and WAN with speedy and straightforward deployment. They can put applications in the cloud, making them accessible to employees and partners. Users can have access to everything they need, enhancing their experience on a reliable and secure campus network. And as we progress towards a highly connected world, it serves as the ultimate backbone for IoT, connecting everything with gigabit speeds, made possible by fast 5G connections and optical fibre in the campus network.

Huawei's CloudCampus Solution has served customers across industries in more than 100 countries and regions, and the latest CloudCampus 2.0 aims to help players across industries build digital-ready networks that meet the needs of enterprises today and tomorrow.

To read more about the Campus Network Solution, please click here.

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