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Delivering applications and services for a multi-cloud and 5G network with VMware vCloud NFV 3.0

Changing CSP Network Requirements

NFV objectives have evolved quite significantly from the initial need for CSPs to virtualize the infrastructure to being able to scale with technology, products, and services into new and adjacent markets.  There is acute focus on operational transformation with CSPs driving continuous innovation and rapid service deployment for 5G and IoT use cases.  Applications, services, and greater network intelligence is being deployed at the network edge to deliver higher QoE and security.

A key enabler of this transformation is the Telco Cloud – an operating model that leverages programmable networks, with NFV and SDN being key enablers.  With the ability to run a multitude of network functions on off-the-shelf servers, CSPs can provision and scale services faster and substantially reduce costs.

With its vision of delivering any application on any device on any cloud, VMware has extended its technology to cross every infrastructure boundary there is, from the data center into public and telco clouds, and the network edge supporting edge clouds and IoT devices.

VMware vCloud NFV – A platform for Multi-Cloud

At Mobile World Congress 2019, VMware has taken another step in the expansion of its vCloud NFV offerings, with the announcement 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.

VMware vCloud NFV 3.0 vCloud Director Edition

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.

Key capabilities provided with the VMware vCloud NFV 3.0 vCloud Director Edition include:

  • 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-site 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.

Evolution of Networking in vCloud NFV

Also announced this year at MWC 2019 is the release of VMware NSX Data Center 2.4.  CSPs need for highly scalable networks that are truly reliable is at an all-time high.

NSX-T Data Center is a core component of vCloud NFV providing the networking overlay support across the complete NFVI and supporting multiple telco-oriented use cases. New networking features now available in NSX Data Center are:

  • IPv6 Support: As business around the world ramp up IPv6 deployments, support for IPv6 in NSX-T meets a critical requirement of telco networks.
  • Scalability: NSX-T 2.4 can scale to hundreds of thousands of routes, over a thousand hosts per NSX domain, and enables high-scale multi-tenancy. 
  • High Availability: NSX-T 2.4 supports clustering with NSX managers, enabling a highly available management plane for GUI and API, reducing the likelihood of NSX operational failures.
  • Service Function Chaining: NSX-T 2.4 introduces the ability to perform Service Insertion and Service Function Chaining, through the IETF SFC framework and NSH, enabling CSPs to rapidly onboard, automate, and launch new services to meet dynamic subscriber demands
  • Container Networking and Cloud Native architectures: VMware is enhancing support for containers with enhanced visibility into all container and PaaS clusters that are supported by a NSX deployment, as well as visibility into all containerized applications supported by a NSX deployment.

VMware Ready for NFV

The VMware Ready for NFV program is a certification program that recognizes VNF partners that have made commitments to the vCloud NFV platform.  VMware Ready for NFV certified partners have completed a range of operability and interworking assessments in a dedicated accreditation facility and have access to VMware product roadmaps and solution development strategies in order to ensure their solutions continue to maximize the potential of the underlying vCloud NFV platform.  CSPs can look to the VMware Ready for NFV certification program as proof of close VNF integration with the vCloud NFV platform.

VMware continues to increase the number of partners that have been certified within the VMware Ready for NFV program. At MWC 2019, we have announced certification of 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.

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Industry’s first Open VNF Onboarding Hackathon a great success!

MWC 2017 was the venue chosen by VMware, Intel and Cloudify to kick off a co-innovation project to address one of the biggest challenges to the rapid deployment of NFV-based services: VNF onboarding. Continue reading

Don’t miss the VMware NFV activities at Mobile World Congress 2017!

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VMware will be hosting a range of activities and things to do at this year’s Mobile World Congress; from an experiential demonstration of a 5G world, through to IoT and the connected car . See how VMware is not only helping service providers generate value today, but is shaping the future of NFV!

Below is a summary of the main activities for your event planner…

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VMware, Intel and Cloudify to sponsor the first VNF On-Boarding Hackathon at Mobile World Congress

VMware, Intel and Cloudify to sponsor the first VNF On-Boarding Hackathon at Mobile World Congress; a critical new initiative to accelerate the adoption of telecom services over virtualized infrastructure.

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The three top habits of tomorrow’s successful service provider

This blog was first posted by Gabriele Di Piazza on LinkedIn here

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Fit for purpose

There will be two types of Communication Service Provider (CSP) in the next few years: those who will have embraced transformation and championed change within the organisation, and those who have adopted a follower approach. Success is most likely to lie with those embracing transformation and change. Within these organisations, preparations underway now will see the gap widen between them and those following as they begin to realise the power of a software-defined service capability and deploy different strategies and tactics to the CSP of todayThey’ll have different teams, skills, and services. Continue reading

Inside the Telco camp on the eve of the revolution

This blog was first posted by Honore’ Labourdette on LinkedIn heremba blog 1 header

The past is behind us

Telcos have been through an exhausting time in recent years. Nerves and profits have become a little frayed. As MWC17 approaches, however, there is every sign that things are about to change. To put it another way, there is overwhelming pressure to make sure they do. Continue reading

VMware is Shaping the Future of NFV at Mobile World Congress 2017

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VMware will have a significant presence at this year’s Mobile World Congress, including a range of Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) demonstrations and presentations at our booth in hall 3, stand K10. Continue reading

Live 4G Mobile Applications Deployment Demonstration on the VMware vCloud NFV Platform at Mobile World Congress

This post was co-authored by Dharma Rajan, Philip Kippen, and Mikael Brihed – VMware

Recently at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, VMware demonstrated a reliable, model-driven approach for Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) mobile calling. The demonstration included application modeling, application blueprinting, provisioning, configuration, virtual network functions (VNFs) deployment, end-to-end service activation, and making live mobile calls using 4G LTE devices, with the entire process taking less than ten minutes, start to finish. This was the industry’s first and fastest network function virtualization (NFV) demonstration, proving that NFV is real and achievable for telecom environments in multi-vendor ecosystems, with service provider-expected quality of service. This demonstration is proof of VMware infrastructure platform readiness for volume deployment in production for service providers.

VMware collaborated with its customer Ooredoo as its partner in this demonstration. Ooredoo is the largest service provider in the Middle East region, deploying NFV on a VMware vCloud® NFV™ infrastructure (NFVI) common platform infrastructure base. Ooredoo has been very successful at designing and deploying in a production OneCloud environment, using VMware vSphere® for compute virtualization, VMware NSX® for network virtualization and security, VMware vCloud Director® for secure multi-tenancy, VMware vRealize® Operations™ suite for management, VMware vRealize® Automation™ with Application Director and VMware Site Recovery Manger™ for disaster recovery, driving a fully carrier-grade NFV deployment that only VMware infrastructure can provide.

VMware provides the NFVI platform, which can host multi-vendor VNFs or multi-VNFs from a single vendor in the vCloud NFV environment. Athonet, a VMware partner, provided the VNFs for virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) and for virtual IP Multimedia Subsystem (vIMS), as well as the Home Subscriber Server (HSS). The following VNFs from Athonet were deployed on the VMware infrastructure:

vApps – vEPC: VNFs include:

  • Serving Gateway (SGW) and Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW) for the user plane.
  • Mobility Management Entity (MME) for the control plane.
  • Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) for application layer functions.

vApps – vIMS: VNFs include:

  • Session Border Controller (SBC) and Proxy Call Session Control Function (P-CSCF) for the signaling plane.
  • Interrogating CSCF (I-CSCF) and Serving CSCF (S-CSCF), which support Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) as per 3GPP standards to handle mobile call service.
  • Media Gateway Call Function (MGCF) for connection to legacy PSTN networks.

vApp HSS: The HSS was pre-deployed and pre-provisioned with subscriber data.

How Fast, “Fast” Really Is – From VNF to VoLTE Service Deployment

Figure 1 shows the demo environment’s NFV architecture.

Figure 1. NFV Demo Architecture

Figure 1. NFV Demo Architecture

The VNF software runs as application software, fully decoupled from the operating system. Thus, each VNF runs as a native application. The entire process of deploying 10+ VNFs was completed in a matter of less than four minutes. A small cell radio access node installed at the MWC arena provided the needed cell tower access for air interface. After the first vEPC and vIMS are deployed, service activation allows the small cell to be powered up, and be ready for call processing. The virtualized NFV system is now ready to handle mobile calls. Figure 2 shows a view of mobile call flows for a VoLTE call, and call flow path leveraging the external PSTN network.  Figure 3 shows the logical VXLAN networks and connectivity defined for the VNFs in the service package.

Figure 2. VoLTE Call Flow Model

Figure 2. VoLTE Call Flow Model

 

Figure 3. VXLAN Network Connectivity

Figure 3. VXLAN Network Connectivity

 

 VoLTE internal calls within the MWC event arena and external calls using mobile phone numbers of voluntary audience were successfully demonstrated. The audience experienced the fast deployment, service activation process and were also were able to experience the clear voice call quality with no delay.

The sequence of steps and the demo can be seen in the video below:
NFV Demo Video-MWC

VMware Showcases NFV in Action at Mobile World Congress 2016

VMware’s virtualization platform is proven in production deployments in more than 45 logo-mwc151Communications Service Provider networks globally. With more than 40 VNFs running on VMware infrastructure from more than 30 VNF ecosystem partners VMware is helping customers transform their businesses across a range of dedicated NFV activities with selected partners.

At Mobile World Congress 2016, in the VMware Stand, Hall 3 Stand 3K10 we will offer daily sessions in the NFV Track at the VMware booth for attendees to learn more about our solutions and our partners.

Monday Feb 22nd 12:00 – 13:00
Understanding the Business Imperatives for NFV
David Wright, VP Operations, Telco NFV Group, VMware
Driving business value from NFV requires more than simply virtualizing network functions: It requires integration of services across multiple domains and multiple vendors that drives operational efficiency and monetizes new services quickly. Learn how Communication Service Providers (CSPs) can ensure positive business outcomes from virtualization of the mobile network infrastructure – and beyond.

Tuesday Feb 23rd 12:00 – 13:00
Making the Right NFV Technology Choices
Philip Kippen, Director Solutions Architect, Telco NFV Group, VMware
Business imperatives of operational efficiency and rapid time to market drive technical requirements. Learn how virtualization can be applied to mobile network infrastructures and the key technical attributes that enable success. See in a LIVE demo of the creation of vEPC and vIMS  to deliver a Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service.

Wednesday Feb 24th 12:00 –13:00
Managing Operational Transformation for NFV
Nigel Stephenson, Global Marketing, Telco NFV Group, VMware
Having built your telco cloud – what next? How Communication Service Providers (CSPs) transform operations will determine the ultimate success of Network Function Virtualization projects. Find out what VMware has learnt from over fifteen years of IT transformation that can give the CSP a head start.

All sessions will be followed by lunch-time refreshments where you will be able to discuss your NFV requirements with NFV experts from VMware and our partners.

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VMware also continues to build out a powerful ecosystem of NFV partners, that together will help communications service providers accelerate adoption of NFV through proven interoperability, simplified operations and ongoing service assurance. Strategic thinkers, architects, operations leaders and business leaders alike can learn from real-world NFV experiences of VMware and our ecosystem partners at Mobile World Congress 2016.

Demonstrations include:

VMware vCloud NFV NFV Pavilion Pod 1 Overview of the vCloud NFV platform and how VMware provides a multi-­‐ vendor/multi-­‐domain platform that delivers on the NFV business case through production-­‐proven technology that minimizes operator risk and time to market for new services.
CENX/MitelNFV Pavilion Pod 2 CENX’s Exanova Service Intelligence assures VoWiFi and VoLTE connectivity QoE, in real time, across a mobile network, powered by Mitel’s vEPC virtual functions -­‐ ePDG and P-­‐GW, and managed by VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO).  Comprehensive performance monitoring and visualization across all path segments enables operators to diagnose faults immediately and take focused action to maintain high QoE.
EricssonNFV Pavilion Pod 3 The Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 platform integrated with VMware’s production-­‐proven NFV infrastructure vSphere®, vRealize®, NSX®, Virtual SAN™ is designed to rapidly deliver new services including virtual network functions and ICT applications for hybrid Telco, IT and Commercial Cloud. Differentiated with Ericsson software defined hardware based on Intel Rack Scale architecture and VMware virtualization to transform your cloud with dramatically improved agility, analytics, automation, manageability, scalability, and reduced TCO.
Ciena/VersaNFV Pavilion Pod 4 Ciena’s Blue Planet service orchestration platform will automate the provisioning and life-­‐cycle  management of a vCPE and SD-­‐WAN  service  from Versa Networks running on a VMware platform. The demo will highlight delivering capabilities such as routing, QoS, IPsec VPN, CGNAT and SD-­‐WAN as well as a wide range of security features in a multi-­‐tenancy carrier-­‐grade  environment with on-­‐demand  scale out  properties.
Dell/AffirmedNFV Pavilion Pod 5 Combining Dell’s PowerEdge servers with the brilliance of Affirmed Networks vEPC on Vmware’s vCloud NFV platform this demo proves just how simple it is to deploy, monitor and manage a VNF with these three powerhouses integrated. This demo highlights Dell integration with vRealize Operations Management to show the robust monitoring capabilities and vCloud Director for Service Providers for rapid deployment of the vEPC VNF.
Gigaspaces/Metaswitch NFV Pavilion Pod 6 Gigaspaces Cloudify brings a new dimension to service automation in a vCloud NFV environment. Through integration with vCloud Director watch how Cloudify streamlines provisioning and management of the Metaswitch’s Clearwater IMS, and delivers the functionality and ease of use that customers demand.

We hope to see you there.

Nigel