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During February’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, VMware highlighted their latest innovations that can assist CSPs in utilising 5G and cloud economy. The VMware Telco Cloud platform is created with both 4G and 5G in mind, speeding up 5G readiness for communication service providers.
The much anticipated roll out of 5G is set to transform how CSPs will operate in the future – from financial considerations to operational ramifications. Because 5G is a flexible and fully virtualised architecture, telcos can possibly beat their competitors to market with value added services, improved performance and efficiency.
VMware announced the following innovations at MWC:
- Unveiling VMware Smart Assurance: VMware Smart Assurance 10 will provide full integration with VMware vCloud NFV, VMware’s NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) platform, along with new carrier-oriented advancements in VMware NSX-T Data Centre. These advancements will give CSPs a strong foundational NFV platform with advanced networking features, accelerated data plane performance, intent-based assurance and support for a broad set of certified VNF applications to deliver multiple services and applications today and bridge the gap to tomorrow’s 5G networks.
- Evolution of Networking in vCloud NFV: VMware NSX-T Data Centre is a core component of vCloud NFV that provides a software network overlay across the complete NFV infrastructure and supports multiple telco use cases. The new VMware NSX-T 2.4 release delivers even higher levels of cloud-scale, operational simplicity, resiliency, and performance. This includes IPv6 support, near line-rate speed, high availability, and scalability to tens-of-thousands of unique networks per NSX-T Data Centre instance. With Network Service Header (NSH)-based service chaining, service providers can deliver new services faster while significantly reducing CapEx and OpEx.
- Expanding VMware Ready for NFV Certification Program: VMware continues to increase the number of partners that have been certified within the VMware Ready for NFV Certification program. This program provides CSPs with the commitment that VMware partner VNF solutions will seamlessly and effectively deploy, run and interoperate with VMware vCloud NFV. VMware now has certified more than 105 Virtual Network Functions from 85 vendors worldwide. VMware’s broad ecosystem of certified partners creates a true marketplace that helps CSPs remove barriers to successful NFV implementations.
- VMware HCX Enables Seamless Migration and Multi-Cloud Mobility for the 5G-Ready Telco Cloud: VMware HCX enables CSPs to build hybrid highways interconnecting heritage infrastructure and 5G environments on which commercial OpenStack ecosystem workloads can be migrated to the new distributed, multi-cloud architecture. VMware HCX delivers migration capabilities that can be integrated into Day 1 and Day 2 operations, helping CSPs seamlessly mobilise the applications to 5G with minimum downtime. VMware integrated OpenStack (VIO), with VMware’s support for Kubernetes orchestration capabilities complement VMware HCX in delivering easy migration and multi-cloud connectivity.
Of course we can continue to expect great things from VMware. Innovation is never stagnant and with the approach of a major digital revolution, it has become more critical than ever to be at the forefront of development.