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VMware announces the General Availability of VMware vCloud NFV 3.0 vCloud Director Edition

VMware has taken another step in the expansion of its NFV offerings, announcing the launch of VMware vCloud NFV 3.0 vCloud Director Edition.  With support for VMware vCloud Director 9.5, the new release features key enhancements in NFV performance, secure multi-tenancy, networking, and multi-site operations, enabling Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to quickly scale and grow revenues while reducing cost and complexity.  Purpose-built for demanding carrier environments, the modular NFV platform lets CSPs deploy both third-party and in-house VNFs with the confidence that all the component solutions will interoperate efficiently, allowing them to focus on delivering profitable applications and services to customers.

                                                       VMware vCloud NFV 3.0 vCloud Director Edition

 

A key challenge facing CSPs at the dawn of the 5G era is to dynamically deploy and manage the growing number of services and multi-cloud environments.  Enhancements in VMware vCloud NFV 3.0 help CSPs realize the true potential of distributed multi-cloud services through accelerated time to revenue leveraging NFV automation and service onboarding, lower infrastructure costs while delivering greater performance, and optimized operations for increased network efficiency and reduced operational costs.

 

VMware vCloud NFV 3.0 vCloud Director Edition Advantage

  • Secure Multi-tenancy and Enhanced RBAC

VMware vCloud NFV 3.0 includes support for vCloud Director 9.5 that implements a redesigned multi-tenant Role Based Access Controls (RBAC) model. The model allows CSP administrators to create Global Tenant Roles assigned to tenant users enabling self-service management without the need of service provider involvement. CSP administrators can also create rights bundles that correspond to tiers of service, separately monetizable functionality, or any other arbitrary rights grouping and make them available to various organizations.

  • Deterministic NFV Performance

VMware vCloud NFV 3.0 includes support for VMware NSX-T Data Center, which adds Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) based techniques to deliver accelerated data plane network performance with the new NSX Managed Virtual Distributed Switch (N-VDS) in Enhanced Data Path mode. Efficient separation of data plane functions from control and management plane functions enables CUPS based architectures while automated NUMA alignment, multi-tiered routing, bare-metal edges, and HugePages support enable increased workload performance while preserving the benefits of key vSphere functionalities like HA, vMotion, and DRS.

  • Efficient Multi-cloud Deployment

VMware vCloud NFV 3.0 enables CSPs to achieve the scale and manageability required to efficiently deploy and operate distributed multi-cloud deployments. It facilitates efficient cloud services management with the flexibility to deploy centralized VIM for a common management plane across sites or a distributed architecture with federated management. Decoupling NSX-T Data Center functionality from vCenter server enables cloud-scale performance using a distributed control plane architecture, while the separation of data plane workloads from control plane and management plane workloads enables CUPS-based scalable architectures.

  • Advanced Networking

VMware vCloud NFV 3.0 supports a range of new carrier-oriented networking capabilities through dual stack support for NSX-V and NSX-T. The vCloud NFV platform delivers increased network resiliency through fast link failure detection, ERSPAN port mirroring, and support for a broad category of workloads including container-based workloads, multi-cloud workloads, and PaaS platforms.

  • Intent-Based Service Assurance

VMware vCloud NFV 3.0 with support through vRealize Operations 7.0, vRealize Log Insight 4.7, and vRealize Network Insight 3.9, delivers a new paradigm in NFV operations with intent-based assurance that allows CSPs to define operational and business intent for the network and continuously verify performance against the defined intent through Day 0, Day 1 and Day 2 operations.

 

Additional Resources

Telco Operations in an NFV World: eBook

Over the past year, I have written about and demonstrated the operational intelligence framework within VMware vCloud NFV. The intent was to help communication service providers (CSPs) anticipate and mitigate challenges associated with deploying and operationalizing NFV based services. While NFV environments provide a new level of flexibility and service agility, dealing with new layers of operational complexity can often make or break the business viability of a CSP transformation effort.

Several CSPs we work with see the vCloud NFV Operational Intelligence framework as a crucial enabler of the tangible transformation required to deliver best in class services, and somewhere along the way, we realized the need to bring these learnings together in an easily-digestible format. The result is the “Telco Operations in an NFV World” eBook – a free resource to help guide CSP operations through various stages of the NFV services lifecycle.

The eBook first introduces key components in the vCloud NFV Operational Intelligence framework – vRealize Operations Manager, vRealize Log Insight, and vRealize Network Insight.

After getting familiar with the framework and component functionality, we then take a deeper look at the CSP operations lifecycle and the capabilities required at each stage of service evolution. You may find this comprehensive approach to end-to-end service operations particularly useful when calibrating your own approach to complete operations automation. The eBook breaks this down into five phases:

  • Phase 1: Onboard Service Operations – Service and resource discovery, Security and alert definitions, Remediation workflows, Multi-tenant dashboards, and Micro-segmentation
  • Phase 2: Launch Service and Operate – Unified visibility from apps to infrastructure, Availability, performance, capacity, and security monitoring, Interactive analytics, API/SDK access
  • Phase 3: Dynamic Optimization and Issue Avoidance – Automated closed-loop optimization, Predictive Distributed Resource Scheduler (pDRS), Pattern recognition-driven alerts
  • Phase 4: Issue Isolation – SLA violations, Performance degradation alerts and recommendations, Network and app visibility, Underlay and overlay traffic routes
  • Phase 5: Plan Demand and Expansion – Capacity and utilization, Combined operational and business insights, Procurement planning, Resource reclamation

Within each phase are detailed considerations and links to demo videos that illustrate the operational intelligence built into the vCloud NFV platform. The eBook also contains a reference section with links to other related solution briefs and whitepapers.

 

Service onboarding, performance monitoring, and dynamic optimization are quickly becoming primary considerations in a well-designed operations management strategy. CSPs must achieve simplification, multi-tenancy, proactivity, and efficiency with a shared infrastructure layer, dynamic re-sizing and movement of workloads, distributed topologies, and owned and leased cloud environments which will drive the need for self-correcting and self-adjusting automation. The eBook attempts to take a critical look at the operational intelligence CSPs need to manage such dynamic environments. I hope you find the eBook a useful resource in your NFV journey.

VMWARE@MWC2018 – Showcasing NFV Without Limits

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) today realize the need to transform their business models and build essential digital capabilities that accelerate their path to 5G networks.  The challenge, however, lies in abandoning incremental initiatives in favor of transformational innovation – innovation that requires them to focus more on agility and continuous learning rather than on traditional operating models, which become less reliable as technology-driven change continues to accelerate.

At Mobile World Congress 2018, VMware will be engaging in conversations around how VMware vCloud NFV can enable CSPs to transform their networks, accelerate to 5G, and become a digital service provider. We are demonstrating some exciting turnkey solutions and NFV use cases that give CSPs the ability to build a transformative architecture.  Through these leading-edge demos, you can learn about some of the work we’re doing with our partners and customers to help them derive additional value from their existing assets and competitive advantages.

NFV Service Assurance

As the growth in data consumption and the number of connected devices drive exponential capacity requirements and Communications Service Providers (CSPs) modernize their networks to offer differentiated services, the operations management approach needs to be a well curated design from the onset.  We will be demonstrating a comprehensive service assurance solution for a virtual EPC network built on the VMware vRealize Suite, a cloud management platform that delivers the industry’s most complete solution for managing a heterogeneous, hybrid cloud using automation workflows, real-time network intelligence, enhanced operational efficiency, reduced operational costs, and fast root-cause analysis and resolution.  We demonstrate the role service assurance plays across the entire telco operational lifecycle including service onboarding, performance monitoring, issues isolation, predictive optimization, and integrated business intelligence.

Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC)

Multi-access Edge Computing applies cloud architecture principles to compute, storage, and networking infrastructure at the network edge close to the user. By making MEC available across access networks, from LTE/5G to wired/wireless LANs, CSPs can enable next-gen applications such as 5G and IoT telemetry, mobile traffic shaping, location services, video analytics, AR/VR, and connected cars to leverage ultra-low latency high-bandwidth services and real-time access to network information.  This demo demonstrates how CSPs are uniquely positioned to drive adoption of such services at the network edge powered by vCloud NFV’s advanced automation capabilities, carrier-grade availability, performance, and service continuity.  The demo highlights the use of a distributed compute fabric at the edge using VMs and containers, including use cases such as video transcoding and differentiated VoLTE services.

Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN)

The addition of VeloCloud to VMware’s portfolio further strengthens the partnership opportunities between VMware and CSPs.  As CSPs transition from being connectivity providers to provide rich services where enterprises run their applications in hybrid cloud environments, SD-WAN provides them the ability to seamlessly, securely, and with near real-time response connect between the clouds.  We will be sharing a VeloCloud SD-WAN demo in our booth to showcase the solution’s simplicity and agility, how it addresses complex distributed network topologies, and how it seamlessly integrates with the rest of the VMware NFV portfolio.

VMware Pivotal Container Services (PKS) – a cloud-native framework for 5G services

PKS provides one of the fastest paths for CSPs to deploy 5G services in a cloud native NFV network through production-grade Kubernetes container services.  VMware Pivotal Container Services (PKS) offers carrier-class compute, networking, storage and operations that are integrated with Kubernetes on BOSH. The solution provides low TCO and increased efficiency through comprehensive monitoring, analytics, and automation to support day 1 and day 2 operations.  The demo provides insights into how this cloud-native framework results in a faster time to value while reliably deploying and operationalizing modern telco networks.

Hybrid Cloud Services

The ability to deploy telco services and applications across data centers and public clouds has not only opened up new business models based on on-demand service expansion, it has also enabled operational efficiency through enhanced disaster recovery and integrated cloud management across private and public clouds.  VMware has partnered with Vodafone to highlight network service continuity and on-demand capacity expansion as network services are seamlessly migrated from the core data center to the AWS cloud.  This demo will also highlight VMware’s robust operational management capabilities providing visibility of services and workloads across multiple private and public cloud.

Internet of Things (IOT)

A multi-cloud infrastructure supporting connected drones? Check! We partnered with key Industrial IOT partners to demonstrate how distributed Edge Data Centers can provide the required infrastructure, including compute, storage and networking, for processing HD Video feeds for drone locations and associated analytics.  In partnership with Globetouch, Affirmed Networks, and Nightingale Security, we are excited to showcase how CSPs can accelerate their path to 5G networks and drive IoT innovation by leveraging 5G network slicing and innovative service delivery utilizing advanced networking that will allow smart devices such as drones to offer HD video surveillance and object recognition, while at the same time delivering customized Quality of Service levels, higher QoE for IoT services, and optimize network performance.

Stop by our booth in Hall 3 Stand K10 to see our demos in action and meet with our experts, our partners, and our customers. Looking forward to seeing you in Barcelona.