A quick roundup of VMware announcements at VMworld 2017 for the communication service providers

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VMware at VMworld 2017 Europe made an announcement for the release of VMware vCloud® NFV™ – OpenStack, for providing the fastest path for installing production NFV services on OpenStack. The move is VMware’s great stride towards its NFV (Network functions virtualization) strategy. VMware is best known for their virtualization services, and with this, they are delivering the fastest path to deploying production NFV solutions on OpenStack.

The new platform has the VMware Integrated OpenStack-Carrier Edition, and VMware’s OpenStack Ocata-based distribution that is completely integrated, tested, and certified with VMware’s NFV infrastructure platform. It will be easy for network architects to deploy, upgrade, and operate an OpenStack cloud over VMWare’s carrier-grade NFVI platform using the VMware Integrated OpenStack as an NFV Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM).

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Communication service providers (CSPs) are quickly adopting NFV to meet the accelerated traffic growth and evolving customer demands. OpenStack in NFV deployments has been on the rise as telcos find benefits that include use of open architectures, better flexibility and innovation for cloud-based networks, along with access to OpenStack developers across the globe and standard northbound interfaces (NFV Orchestration, VNF-Manager). VMware supports an open architecture for interoperability and smooth integration with vCloud NFV-OpenStack Edition.

Gabriele Di Piazza, vice president of solutions, Telco NFV Group, VMware, said, “We are able to offer the fastest path to production OpenStack by providing what nobody else has in the market: the most reliable and rich NFV infrastructure based on VMware’s industry-leading virtualization software combined with the openness of standard OpenStack to be optimized with carrier extensions.”

VMware Integrated OpenStack-Carrier Edition brings support for container-based Virtualized Network Functions (VNF) via integrated management of containers, enabling VMs and container based VNFs to operate on one VIM. This solution gives tools to CSPs for deploying NFV networks including Multi-Tenancy and VNF Resource Reservation, Dynamic and Elastic Scaling of Network Resources, and Enhanced Networking Support and Platform Awareness (EPA).

The VMware’s NFV infrastructure and Openstack-Carrier Edition, offering CSPs simplified OpenStack deployment and upgrade experience with integrated operations management, will be generally available in Q3 FY 2018.

Further, Vodafone Group Plc has made a software licensing agreement with VMware that will enable it to have access to various products of VMware. VMware will help Vodafone rollout NFV to accelerate its delivery of future products and services in a quick, cost-efficient manner.

“Virtualized, cloud-native network functions are a critical element of our Group-wide program as we continue to transform how we build, operate and evolve our networks and services. Reducing the time and cost to deploy and operate services, utilizing automation and convergence in standardized cloud environments for our network and IT businesses is a critical part of our technology and operational transformation strategy,” said Fran Heeran, Vodafone Group’s Head of Network Virtualization.

Furthermore, VMware also introduced Dell EMC NFV Ready Bundle for VMware, an integrated hardware and software solution that includes open and standards based Dell EMC cloud infrastructure hardware powered by Intel Xeon and VMware vCloud NFV platform with Dell EMC ScaleIO or VMware vSAN™. It will minimize adoption time and significantly reduce cost to turn up new services.

In addition, VMware also announced the expansion of its Mobile Security Alliance (MSA), that provides a connected, all round approach for securing all aspects of the digital workspace. MSA is a broad ecosystem of security vendors that are deeply integrated with VMware Workspace ONE digital workspace platform. Using the MSA and Workspace ONE, customers get benefit of a security platform that protects against threats across users, apps, and devices.

Workspace ONE can help government customers diverge from physical smart cards to mobile devices for secure access to data and applications.

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