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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 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

Meet VMware NFV Experts at Light Reading’s “OSS in the Era of SDN and NFV” Event.

On November 3rd in London VMware colleagues and myself will be joining industry leaders at this Light Reading event. We will be discussing the impact of virtualization on higher-order Operational Support Systems (OSS), and considering whether this is ‘evolution or revolution’.

Across the globe many operators already rely on VMware infrastructure for their OSS (and internal IT) services. Whether through the deployment of OSS applications on a VMware vSphere environment, or through embedded VMware technology in third party OSS products from leading network equipment providers (NEPs).

NFV and SDN are all about creating a software-defined virtualized service delivery platform. OSS systems largely run on virtualised environments today. So on the face of it, bringing together a virtualized OSS environments and a virtualized service delivery platform should be straight forward – shouldn’t it? Continue reading

Brocade and Versa Networks certify for vCloud NFV

Having  announced the VMware Ready certification program for NFV at last month’s VMworld event in Barcelona, two of VMware’s leading technology partners have completed the formal certificatVMWReady-LGO-NTWK-FNCTNS-VIRTZTN-Metalion process to become VMware Ready for NFV.

The VMware Ready program designates VMware’s highest level of endorsement for products and solutions created by our established partners. The accreditation builds customer confidence and accelerates partner opportunity.

Brocade and Versa Networks have already shown leadership in delivering real-world NFV solutions to Communication Service Providers (CSPs) running on the VMware virtualization platform. The VMware Ready certification provides CSPs with the confidence that NFV solutions will deploy, run, and interoperate with vCloud NFV.

Brocade vEPC is a software-based fully virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC) designed from the ground-up for a virtualized environment that consists of independent slices of control, data, and session management. This design is free of the redundant functionality and inter-node interfaces that increase costs and reduce performance in hardware-based packet cores. With Brocade vEPC you have any-size network with linear performance scaling on Intel x86 servers for cost-effective business growth.

Versa Networks FlexVNF software provides a broad set of carrier-grade virtualized network and security functions (VNF) that can scale out/in on-demand, and provide full multi-tenancy. Versa VNFs include a full set of networking capabilities such as routing, DHCP, QoS, CGNAT, IPsec VPN, and SD-WAN, as well as a wide range of basic and advanced security functions like stateful/next generation firewall, URL filtering, IPS/AV, and malware protection.

It’s exciting to have Brocade and Versa Networks join the VMware Ready for NFV program and I’m looking forward to more partners certifying in the near future.

You can find out more at:

Brocade vEPC VMware Ready for NFV

Versa Networks FlexVNF VMware Ready for NFV

VMware vCloud NFV

VMware Solution Exchange

 

Nigel Stephenson

VMware Telco NFV Group

NFV @ VMworld – Meet the Partners

There’s excitement in the air with only a week to go to VMworld 2015 Europe in Barcelona and the first ever NFV Partner Pavilion!

With the VMware virtualization platform now proven in production in over 45 NFV-based service deployments servicing more than 30 million subscribers, we are excited to share that experience by hosting some of the industry’s leading players to showcase real-world NFV solutions.

Partner solutions will be on display in the Solution Exchange hall on the NFV Partner Pavilion (Booths NFV 3060 – 3069). But if you can’t wait another week, you can check out some of the solutions on our NFV Partner Pavilion website.

We look forward to welcoming Affirmed Networks, Amdocs, Brocade, DELL, EMC, GigaspacesMetaswitch Nokia and Versa Networks to VMworld in Barcelona!

The NFV Partner Pavilion at the Solution Exchange will be open during the following times:

  • Tuesday 13th Oct 11:00 – 19:30
  • Wednesday 14th Oct: 11:00 – 19:00
  • Thursday 15th Oct:  10:30 – 16:00

For more information see:

VMworld NFV Partner Pavilion
VMworld Europe 2015
VMware vCloud NFV

Nigel

Don’t deploy NFV as ‘New Legacy’

With many predicting 2017 as the year in which telco service cost per bit will exceed achievable revenues, operators must act quickly and effectively if they are to avoid large parts of their revenue streams becoming non-profitable.

With this in mind, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)) has captured the imagination of the telecommunications industry. According to iHS (formally Infonetics), 35% of Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are planning to deploy NFV in 2015. Will they all succeed? I suspect not.

The fact is, there are many ways in which NFV could simply perpetuate the status quo. In deploying NFV CSPs may be deploying a ‘new legacy’. That is, creating software-defined silos where previously there were hardware-defined silos. These software silos can be just as inflexible, just as expensive and just as locked-in as their physical counterparts. Continue reading