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The VMware Telco Cloud Platform as the Software Operating System for 5G

EDITORIAL UPDATE: On September 14, 2020 VMware officially closed its acquisition of Mode.net. The blog post below has been amended to reflect the team and the technology of Mode.net joining VMware.

VMware continues to make great progress on our vision and we are seeing proof that our strategy is resonating with customers and partners. We view the VMware Telco Cloud Platform as the software operating system for 5G. And our recent momentum shows that the industry agrees.

In the last quarter, we have shared new partnerships, customer wins and technology developments across the telco industry. We are working with DISH to bring 5G speed and performance to the majority of the US population with the world’s first open radio access network offering. VMware is also collaborating with Intel to deliver an integrated software platform for virtualized radio access networks (RAN) to accelerate the rollout of both existing LTE and future 5G networks. And finally we formally announced the delivery of our 5G Telco Cloud Platform, a consistent cloud first solution powered by a field proven, carrier-grade, and high-performance cloud native infrastructure with intelligent automation.

Today we are sharing that we are expanding our team with the acquisition of the team and the technology of Mode.net. This group brings knowledge and expertise with communication service providers that will be directly relevant to the work we have underway. These new team members have been working on unifying legacy telco networks with a multi-cloud architecture and helps expand our existing bench of talent, bringing additional engineering expertise and innovative ideas that will help us accelerate our delivery.

Across the globe, the race is on to bring 5G from idea to wide deployment. VMware is helping communication service providers meet the increasing demand for innovative 5G services by delivering   a telco cloud platform that can efficiently create, monetize, and deliver an array of new applications and services for both consumer and enterprise markets.


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Shekar Ayyar

About Shekar Ayyar

Shekar Ayyar joined VMware in June 2007 and serves as executive vice president and general manager of VMware’s Telco and Edge Cloud business unit, which is designed to help communications service providers as well as enterprises with integrated platforms for 5G, edge, telco cloud and IoT use cases. Ayyar also serves as general manager, Edge/IoT for Dell Technologies. Prior to July 2019, Ayyar led the company’s strategy and corporate development efforts for the past 10 years and also helped incubate the telco Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) focus area. Under his leadership, the company has executed on dozens of acquisitions including significant platform additions such as Nicira, AirWatch, VeloCloud and Heptio, as well as a portfolio of strategic investments in technology startups.
Ayyar brings more than 20 years of senior leadership experience in enterprise software, communications and semiconductors. Prior to joining VMware, Ayyar held senior executive roles at BindView, Instantis and Lucent, spanning product management, marketing, and business development, and was also a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Ayyar earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and his MBA from the Wharton School, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar. He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Ayyar serves on the Boards of Puppet and the VMware Foundation.

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