February 28, 2023
The vendor said the updates across its service provider and edge portfolios meet the evolving needs of communications service providers (CSPs) and enterprises.
VMware announced the deployment of the VMware Telco Cloud platform by global CSPs. These include agreements with both NTT Data and Samsung Electronics. VMware also flagged products and an expanding partner ecosystem to help CSPs accelerate network modernization and capture 5G and edge opportunities.
VMware’s Sanjay Uppal
Sanjay Uppal, SVP and GM, service provider and edge at VMware, described “a cloud-smart” approach for CSPs. It “delivers more flexibility and greater efficiency, from both a technology and an operational perspective,” he said. “Working in lockstep with our partners, our customers will have the ability to create more advanced and innovative services than ever.”
The product and partner news include:
SD-WAN and 5G updates: VMware is delivering new and enhanced remote worker/device connectivity and intelligent wireless capabilities to its SD-WAN and SASE customers. This includes the announcement that VMware SD-WAN Client is expected to be available in the first quarter of VMware’s 2024 fiscal year. At the same time, VMware and Intel are collaborating on new edge appliances featuring 5G connectivity. These are to allow support for additional SD-WAN use cases involving mobile and IoT devices.
New Partner Agreement with Samsung: Samsung Electronics and VMware announced their first commercial collaboration at MWC. It centers on the integration of Samsung’s virtualized RAN with VMware Telco Cloud Platform as a part of a Dish 5G network buildout. VMware said the two companies offer “an advanced topology that is proven, fully interoperable and allows CSPs to accelerate and streamline their RAN deployments at scale and helps reduce network costs.”
Collaboration with NTT DATA: Elsewhere, NTT DATA and VMware expanded their partnership. The companies are looking to accelerate software-defined, large-scale Open RAN deployments through combined solutions and services. They said they will further collaborate on enabling global CSPs to transform from traditional operations to more agile, cloud-smart approaches in the RAN. This includes instantiation, configuration, testing and operation of cloud native functions (CNFs) on new or existing network deployments. VMware also noted that NTT DATA’s CI/CD/CT framework now incorporates extensive support for the vendor’s Telco Cloud portfolio.
Service Management and Orchestration Framework: VMware also introduced its vision for the Service Management and Orchestration framework. This follows the O-RAN alliance’s approach of simplifying, optimizing and automating the RAN and its applications. To achieve this, VMware is leveraging its suite of telco cloud management and orchestration solutions. These include VMware Centralized RIC (non-real-time RIC), VMware Telco Cloud Automation, and VMware Telco Cloud Service Assurance. VMware said CSPs can better streamline the deployments of a programmable 5G RAN network with end-to-end automation and optimization.
Project Kauai: Additionally, VMware unveiled Project Kauai as a technical preview, to provide CSPs with more options for deploying a modern and disaggregated RAN. It said Project Kauai will complement VMware ESXi by allowing CSPs to run virtualized and disaggregated RAN functions directly on a bare metal server with VMware Tanzu. VMware said it hopes to provide CSPs with greater choice and flexibility particularly in the most demanding areas of their RAN – far edge cell sites.
New Customer: Vodafone Qatar
Vodafone Qatar has also selected VMware Telco Cloud Platform for its cloud platform. VMware said this will enable the telco to fully utilize the power of 5G, cloud and modern applications to bring new services to market. It will also support the country’s digitization ambitions in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.
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