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VMware and Vapor IO collaborate to simplify deployment of 5G and real-time applications

By Ryan Morris-Reade, 11 Jun 2021

VMware and Vapor IO have announced they are collaborating to build a Multi-Cloud Services Grid to simplify and lower costs when deploying distributed 5G systems and real-time applications.

The collaboration involves integrating the VMware Telco Cloud Platform with the Vapor IO Kinetic Grid platform, enabling developers and service operators to hyper compose grid services on demand. It aims to stitch together multiple cloud and edge environments into a unifying framework that can then serve resources for use on-demand, across shared infrastructure.

“Today's internet is too static, too siloed, and too unpredictable to deploy latency-sensitive applications, such as immersive gaming,” says VMware vice president of advanced technologies, Kaniz Mahdi.

“What we need, instead, is a grid that can virtualise and stitch together edge resources across multiple clouds and locations for any given set of latency and jitter constraints at any given time.”

The Multi-Cloud Services Grid is the first planned implementation of an Open Grid system as proposed by the Open Grid Alliance, where applications can request resources from the grid and then rely on the grid to assemble those resources. Hypercomposing, delivering a tightly coupled set of real-time resources on-demand, makes it possible to deliver network functions, applications, and services right when they are needed, deploying them autonomously and algorithmically across the Open Grid based on the needs of the application.

“The Multi-Cloud Services Grid will hyper compose resources at the precise moment the application needs to consume them,” says Mahdi.

“For example, if an application requests the fastest possible path across the least expensive resources, the grid will assemble those resources when the application requests them and dismantle them when the application is done using them, returning them back to the grid for the next use.”

The Multi-Cloud Services Grid builds on VMware's Telco Cloud Platform integration with Vapor IO’s Kinetic Grid platform. It’s designed to stitch together workloads across a latency-driven edge-to-cloud timeline, aimed at enabling immersive and real-time applications, including AR/VR gaming and cloud robotics, as well as separated 5G systems.

“Vapor IO’s Kinetic Grid architecture, which connects across markets with Zayos dark fibre backbone, gives us the potential to span the continental U.S. and become a platform to engage the full edge-to-core ecosystem,” says Vapor IO founder and CEO, Cole Crawford.

“The Vapor IO and VMware teams will deploy bedrock capabilities that serve the entire community, growing opportunities for providers and consumers across the entire stack. We want this to be the catalyst for other organisations to co-create and co-innovate with us, developing the new technologies and go-to-market business models that will enable us to collectively deploy the Open Grid at scale, worldwide.”

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