VMware vForum Singapore 2017 was a success! Held at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center on November 14, vForum is a complimentary one-day event ideal for IT and Networking Professionals seeking to educate themselves about the newest virtualization technologies and latest industry trends. For the 2nd year running, vForum in Singapore brought together a Telco Forum for Digital Service Providers.
A spotlight on 5G and IoT
“Internet of Things,” “5G,” and “Network Functions Virtualization” are the three main technology disruptors for the telecom market going forward, according to Ken Dilbeck, VP of Collaboration and R&D at TM Forum. Moreover, VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger, recently stated: “We believe there will be two types of 5G developments: one that is built on 5G and one that isn’t successful.”
This is why it is imperative that CSPs seeking to beat the competition and adopt new technologies understand the value of NFV solutions. This year, Telco Forum Singapore featured sessions on digital transformation for the enterprise.
Daniel Alfredsson, Chief NFV Architect, from Telia Company, and Iskra Nikolova, Vice President Network Transformation for Singtel, joined us to share insights on deploying NFV for IoT and 5G services. Alex Tan, Chief Innovation Officer at M1, also joined us at the Telco Forum to speak about M1’s digital transformation journey, including their partnership with VMware for SDDC and their surrounding ecosystem. Walter Ching, Deputy Director for Information Systems at M1, also shared the business benefits derived from leveraging VMware solutions at a Fireside Chat with Bruce Davie, APJ CTO, VMware.
A Technology Panel discussion, involving various executives from Dell EMC, Intel, Pivotal, VMware, created a dialog about how important it is for DSP to be software focused and the tools necessary to drive transformation.
Attendees at the event had the chance to also hear from Analysys Mason and VMware Telco NFV executives. Topics included digital transformation, 5G, IoT, operational transformation, and zero-touch networks.
Telco Forum in South Asia & Korea – Inaugural Customers & Partners Appreciations Presentation
NFV Partnership & Engagements in SEAK – Ericsson Telecommunications Pte Ltd
Ericsson is a highly valued partner to VMware in the South Asia and Korea region. Both organizations are committed to collaboration. Examples include, jointly set up an NFV Solution Lab, partnered together with Globe Telecom on the
TM Forum Catalyst project, as well as a large number of joint POCs. These helped to facilitate the testing of eco-system partners’ solutions on our mutual solution stack and foster greater traction on NFV adoption. Both companies also share the vision to accelerate the understanding of NFV among new graduate hires by providing a hands-on working experience with multiple vendors’ NFV leveraging the joint lab set up.
Partnership with VMware Cloud Solution for the Public Sector in SEAK – Singapore Telecommunications Limited
In search of a cloud infrastructure to support the Singapore Government’s private cloud, Singtel partnered VMware to provide the Singapore Government with a standardized cloud environment. VMware’s provision of the same cloud infrastructure to both government agencies and service providers enables secure interoperability between private and public clouds—bringing all of the benefits of a hybrid cloud approach. Created based on open standards with a global partner network of public cloud providers, VMware solutions allow public sector IT teams to move applications and data between clouds quickly and easily and cloud management simpler and manageable.
Innovative Use of VMware Cloud Solution for NFV and VAS in SEAK – PT XL Axiata Tbk
With more than 60 million subscribers, XL Axiata is one of Indonesia’s leading cellular service providers, offering various types of telecommunication products and services such as voice, SMS, data, and other value-added mobile telecommunication services with an extensive network around the country.
XL Axiata is among the first Indonesian telco to offer a virtual Packet Core, to support the fast-growing Indonesian market. The solution runs on VMware cloud solution, offered agility, scalability, and security to XL Axiata, so as to better respond to market needs.
Innovative Use of SDDC in SEAK– M1 Limited
M1 built a Cloud-based Data Center based on VMware’s Software Defined Data Center with enhanced security capabilities. Together with their strategic partners, they delivered additional offerings to their enterprise customers. M1 has also announced that its next-generation Software-Defined Data Centre (SDDC) portfolio, powered by the VMware Cloud Provider™ program, provides container support through Pivotal Container Service™ (PKS). Other portfolios hosted on SDDC include their digital mobile remittance service where M1 mobile customers can access real-time exchange rates and remit funds to designated recipients anytime, anywhere. There are also further extension plans for IoT and Big Data Platforms.
Innovative Use of Technology to Drive Business Transformation – Globe Telecom
Globe’s journey to the cloud began with them re-energizing their cloud strategy. It involved transforming the cost of systems by driving cloud economics, improving customer experience by enabling self-service and providing cloud brokering services. In addition, they aim to improve their speed to market and build a culture of innovation in Globe. The partnership created between Globe and VMware are strong examples of how we could drive Industry and Business Transformation hand in hand.
Compelling Use of VMware Automation Solution for Internal IT Cloud in SEAK – StarHub Limited
StarHub was one of the pioneers on Singapore Telco market to leverage VMware to deliver a more agile and flexible infrastructure to support their business. StarHub realizes the possibilities of the agile and flexible IT infrastructure with the virtualization of critical applications, optimizing hardware resources and savings by providing higher availability and scalability. This provides a seamless and better experience for their customers.
For more information on the NFV elements of vForum contact Emily Ng at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on VMware NFV solutions:
VMware NFV Solutions: http://www.vmware.com/go/nfv
VMware Customer and Partner Testimonials: http://www.telecomtv.com/articles/vmware/