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VMware expands telco and edge portfolio for CSPs

28 Aug 2019

VMware’s telco and edge cloud portfolio has grown even larger, as the company announces a major portfolio expansion today.

VMware already serves as a key infrastructure for many communications service providers and enterprise customers. Now VMware is looking forward to the future of 5G applications.

“5G networks will deliver unprecedented levels of speed and ultra-low latency, resulting in new use cases for Telco and Edge Clouds limited only by imagination. CSPs and enterprises will benefit from the multi-cloud interoperability, uniformity in architecture and consistency in policies across private, public, telco and Edge clouds provided by VMware,” says VMware’s executive vice president and general manager of telco and edge cloud, Shekar Ayyar. said Shekar Ayyar.

VMware breaks the expansion down into three areas: The Uhana acquisition; VMware’s investment in OpenStack, and a new release of VMware Pulse IoT Center 2.0.

Enabling CSPs and telcos to offer better enterprise and consumer services

VMware has now completed its acquisition of Uhana, a company that has built a real-time deep learning engine to optimise the quality of telco network experience. Uhana provides a predictive artificial intelligence engine that optimises the mobile network subscriber experience.

Uhana intelligent analytics will complement and enhance the service assurance capabilities from VMware Smart Assurance, as well as other network data collection products.

“Furthermore, with the addition of AI-based learning capabilities from our Uhana acquisition, telco and Edge clouds will become significantly smarter in their capability to provide better service and remediate and correct faults quicker,” says Ayyar.

Additionally, VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud is now used by over 100 CSPs globally, which enable thousands of enterprises to achieve improved application performance, rapid WAN deployment, and simplified network operations.

VMware Integrated OpenStack reduces the risk of “cloud isolation” for communication service providers

With the launch of VIO 6.0, VMware is continuing to invest in OpenStack-managed virtualized telco clouds with a focus on making them operationally deployable, container capable and multi-cloud ready.

VMware’s VIO 6.0 will provide communication service providers with a common platform that has consistent policies in a multi-cloud environment. The latest release of VMware Smart Assurance with VMware Integrated OpenStack provides assurance capabilities that will deliver service impact and root-cause analysis with visibility across physical and virtual OpenStack networks, as well as multi-cloud networks.

With VMware Smart Assurance and VIO 6.0, communication service providers will gain an automated approach to operational intelligence to reduce service impact and operational expenses. 

VMware has also introduced a new Telco Edge Reference Architecture that provides design principles for developing and deploying an Edge-based cloud network based on VMware vCloud NFV infrastructure and VMware Integrated OpenStack. Leveraging VMware Integrated OpenStack, communication service providers can manage multiple Edge sites from a single centralized data centre, thereby reducing overall footprint at the Edge while optimising network performance. 

The latest release of VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0 includes support for Kubernetes, thus giving communication service providers a cloud native platform for container-based applications and services. 

Vmware Pulse IoT Center 2.0 enables enterprise IoT from the edge

Building on VMware’s commitment to IoT and Edge, VMware’s new release of Pulse IoT Center 2.0 on-premises will complement the previously released SaaS version, providing VMware customers with flexibility and choice of deployment options. Customers looking to scale and manage their IoT deployments securely across their enterprise now have the option for control of their on-premises deployment.

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