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VMware Announces Next-Gen NFV Platform for Telcos

VMware has announced  vCloud NFV-OpenStack Edition 3.0, the next generation of the company’s production-proven network functions virtualization (NFV) platform for communications service providers.

With this new version of vCloud NFV-OpenStack Edition, which will include VMware Integrated OpenStack-Carrier Edition 5.0, VMware will be able to deliver breakthrough improvements in network performance, new carrier-grade networking capabilities, and intent-based service assurance to help improve the total economics of software-defined, open standards-based 5G and multi-cloud telco networks.

“With imminent arrival of 5G, a new approach to the telco network and cloud is required to solve for the hyper distribution of virtual network functions, applications and data,” said Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president and general manager, Telco NFV Group, VMware. “With VMware vCloud NFV-OpenStack 3.0, service providers will be able to build software-defined, programmable, highly-distributed Telco Distributed Clouds based on open standards to deliver new advanced services to consumers, and quality-of-service-based network slices to serve the application needs for a wide variety of industries.”

Key advancements in the newest release of vCloud NFV-OpenStack 3.0 will include:

Accelerated NFV Performance: VMware vCloud NFV-OpenStack will include support for VMware NSX-T Data Center, which adds Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK)-based techniques that deliver accelerated data plane network performance, dramatically increasing CPU efficiency, while preserving all the existing benefits of VMware’s NFV infrastructure.

Carrier-Grade Networking: VMware vCloud NFV-OpenStack 3.0 will deliver a range of new carrier-oriented networking capabilities through the inclusion of NSX-T Data Center, and enable the extension of VMware’s vision for the Virtual Cloud Network to CSPs. The platform will deliver increased network resiliency through fast link failure detection and bare-metal edge networking support with extended security, performance, and policy management.

Multi-cloud networking and security will provide IT teams operational control of and visibility into heterogeneous environments spanning data centre, public and telco clouds and edge environments.

Intent-Based Service Assurance: VMware vCloud NFV-OpenStack 3.0 will introduce a new paradigm in NFV operations with intent-based assurance that will allow CSPs to define operational and business intent for the network, and continuously verify performance against the defined intent through Day 0, Day 1 and Day 2 operations. New capabilities will include service on boarding and operations; capacity planning, forecasting and reclamation; advanced issue isolation and remediation; and dynamic performance optimization.

VMware vCloud NFV-OpenStack 3.0 will add VMware Integrated OpenStack 5-Carrier Edition, one of the first commercial OpenStack distributions to comply with the OpenStack Foundation’s 2018.02 interoperability guidelines.

The VMware vCloud NFV 3.0 bundle will be generally available in Q2 FY2019, which ends August 3, 201

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