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VMware Unveils 5G and Edge Advancements
September 18, 2020 News


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to see the acceleration of digital transformation and services for almost all industries. While 5G technology is moving quickly away from its infancy stage, countries around the world are racing to implement the technology as soon as possible.

“ASEAN is a region whereby there are more mobile subscribers than its population. Without a doubt, all countries are investing in 5G. Singapore is the first in the region with release expected next year. All telco providers investing in 5G will have to transform their underlying infrastructure to a horizontal telco platform from their traditional Communication Service Providers (CSPs) priorities”, said Sanjay K. Deshmukh, Vice President and Managing Director, Southeast Asia and Korea, VMware.

And this is where VMware comes in. VMware’s 5G Telco Cloud Platform empowers CSPs to better meet the growing demands for 5G-powered innovations in Southeast Asia. Powered by carrier-grade and high-performance cloud-native infrastructure, the VMware 5G Telco Cloud Platform is a consistent cloud-first solution that enables CSPs to support future-forward technology applications across the region.


What’s Really Happening?

According to Shekar Ayyar, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Telco and Edge Cloud, VMware, 5G will be critical in creating and delivering consumption of services for enterprises and businesses all over the world. For industries, the transformation from 4G to 5G will see a huge impact and applications will now be built in a totally new and different platform.

With businesses looking to 5G to supercharge their growth, CSPs in the region require a field-proven network powered by a modernised cloud that delivers web-scale speed and agility while maintaining carrier-grade performance, resiliency and quality. VMware’s innovative multi-cloud platform simplifies and accelerates the rollout of 5G networks, while enabling CSPs to embrace cloud-native principles, enabling them to deploy innovative applications and services to market faster enabling them to better meet the growing demands from businesses in the region.

The four priorities – upgrading core networks to be more agile, extending the core infrastructure to the edge of the network, disaggregate RAN, allowing multiple vendors to work on it to form an end to end service and private network for 5G enterprises – telco will be transformed from a silo, vertical architecture to a horizontal platform on top of a common underlying infrastructure built by VMware. This not only enables telco carriers to accelerate their business but also enables an open, disaggregated and vendor-agnostic ecosystem.


The VMware Telco Cloud Platform

The VMware Telco Cloud Platform combines VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure – an evolution of the vCloud NFV solution – and VMware Telco Cloud Automation – the recently launched multi-domain orchestration and automation capable platform. The 5G-ready Telco Cloud Platform is tailored for CSPs to easily embrace cloud-native technology and deliver applications and services across a multi-cloud infrastructure. As CSPs evolve from NFV networks to cloud-native and containerised networks, VMware is evolving its VMware vCloud NFV solution to Telco Cloud Infrastructure, providing CSPs with a consistent and unified platform delivering consistent operations for both Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and Cloud-Native Network Functions (CNFs) across telco networks.

Telco Cloud Infrastructure is designed to optimise the delivery of network services with telco centric enhancements, supporting distributed cloud deployments and providing scalability and performance for millions of consumer and enterprise users. These telco centric enhancements enable CSPs to gain web-scale speed and agility while maintaining carrier-grade performance, resiliency and quality.

Tightly integrated with Telco Cloud Infrastructure, VMware’s Telco Cloud Automation intelligently automates the end-to-end lifecycle management of network functions and services to simplify operations and accelerate service delivery while optimising resource utilisation. Telco Cloud Automation also now supports infrastructure and Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS) management automation to streamline workload placement and deliver optimal infrastructure resource allocation. It also significantly simplifies the 5G and telco edge network expansions through zero-touch-provisioning (ZTP) whenever capacity is required.

To speed up the deployment of network functions and services by CSPs, VMware recently expanded the Ready for Telco Cloud program to add support for VMware Telco Cloud Automation. With the release of VMware Telco Cloud Platform, VMware is further expanding the program to accelerate network functions readiness for deployment. The program scope extends to container-based network functions and these workloads conformance with VMware’s Cloud-Native stack as well as the automation offered by the stack. CSPs can expect that Network Functions which passed certification will be quicker to get on board and deploy on the VMware Telco Cloud Platform while accelerating CSPs time to revenue. To date, more than 35 partners have received more than 180 certifications as part of the program.

VMware is also announcing Telco Cloud Operations, a real-time automated assurance solution designed to bridge the gap between virtual and physical networks. The solution provides holistic monitoring and performance management across multiple layers of the network, including SD-WAN, for rapid insights, lower costs and improved customer experience. It integrates machine-learning-based performance analytics and vivid reporting dashboards for proactive assurance. Complemented by the Uhana solution from VMware that provides intelligent automation for RANs, CSPs can have comprehensive operations visibility across their entire network.