VMware takes aim at multicloud and 5G networks with new NFV platform

VMware has upped its game in the telco space with the release of its VMware vCloud NFV-OpenStack Edition 3.0 for 5G and multicloud networks.

The latest version of vCloud NFV-OpenStack Edition, which includes VMware Integrated OpenStack-Carrier Edition 5.0, delivers improved network performance, networking capabilities and intent-based service assurance for software-defined, open standards-based 5G and multicloud networks.

To date, VMware's NFV platform has been deployed in more than 50 communication service providers globally, but with the imminent arrival of 5G, a new approach to the telco network and cloud was needed for the hyper distribution of virtual network functions, applications and data, said Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president and general manager of Telco NFV Group at VMware, in a press release.

VMware said the new offering improved the total economics of software-defined, open standards-based 5G and multicloud telco networks.

"With VMware vCloud NFV-OpenStack 3.0, service providers can build software-defined, programmable, highly-distributed telco 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," Ayyar said in a prepared statement.

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In order to help deliver on its end-to-end network function virtualization infrastructure platform, NFVi retooled its NSX Managed Virtual Distributed Switch by using the Linux Foundations' DPDK data plane development switch. VMware said the switch is now three to five times faster than its predecessors in beta tests by customers such as NTT Com, Telia and Telefónica.

On the carrier-grade networking front, the new platform also included VMware' NSX-T Data Center and the ability for service providers to connect to VMware's Virtual Cloud Network. With vCloud NFV-OpenStack, VMware added new features for container network support and intent-based assurance with proactive monitoring.

VMware said the platform would deliver increased network resiliency through fast link failure detection and bare-metal edge networking support with extended security, performance and policy management. In addition to its support of containers, VMware is also member of both ONAP and OSM.