Huawei ADN & TM Forum AN Vision: An Evaluation



This article evaluates the goals, philosophy, and implementation path of the Huawei Autonomous Driving Network product plan vision against industry criteria as established in the TM Forum Autonomous Networks vision, as articulated in its AN2.0 release from October 2020.

This paper builds on the foundation laid in a previous ACG Research paper Autonomous Networks: Now is the Time, which describes the TM Forum AN vision, articulates a set of current challenges to implementing the vision, and presents possible responses to the challenges. This paper evaluates the Huawei ADN against the TM ForumAN vision in three areas: goals, architecture, and implementation approach. I also introduce a new set of requirements from the need for the ADN/AN to be the underpinning of a larger Intelligent Composable Fabric for enterprise digital transformation across communications, distributed computing and storage infrastructure, generic technology packages, cross-industry enterprise digital enablement applications, and industry-specific software applications

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