What VMware Telco Cloud Automation Does

Telco Cloud Automation offers consistent multi-cloud operations, from infrastructure to services. It applies a cloud-smart approach to abstract the cloud evolution complexity and delivers optimized network resources on-demand, lowering operating expenses and bolstering revenue-generating services.

Accelerate Time to Market

Accelerate network service time-to-market with a simplified vendor-neutral and standard-compliant approach for designing and onboarding network functions or services.

Reduce Complexity

Enable leaner operational processes, remove the complex and error-prone human activities, and optimize overall resource utilization through effective and dynamic container management.

Enable Cloud-Native

Transition to cloud-native architecture seamlessly with CaaS automation. Simplify registering and creating new Kubernetes clusters directly from Telco Cloud Automation.

Promote Network Resiliency

Automate the distribution of network functions and service workloads across data centers and availability zones for optimal resiliency.

Ready for the Telco Cloud

The VMware® Ready for Telco Cloud program enhances interoperability by providing xNF certifications for Telco Cloud Automation, ensuring consistent end-to-end solution operations and management.

Seamlessly Onboard Network Functions

Leverage templates, acquire new ones from certified partners or build your own with a simple visual composer. Onboard and instantiate xNFs seamlessly across tenants and clouds.

Unify Orchestration

Onboard and orchestrate workloads from VM and container-based infrastructures for adaptive service delivery. Distribute workloads across clouds and domains for true modern network orchestration.

Optimize Kubernetes (K8s)

Optimize K8s clusters during configuration and instantiation to fit network function resources and operational requirements. Manage clusters in a centralized system across registered clouds.

Streamline Orchestration

Faster time-to-orchestrate with integration to VMware technologies. Provide unique multi-VIM/K8s and multi-cloud capabilities. Turn an integration-intensive project into an efficient product deployment.

Automate Days 0, 1 and 2 Operations

Embed multi-cloud and cloud-native agility in operational processes with lifecycle management from infrastructure to network services.

Automate Telco Cloud Expansion

Build new network sites with multi-layer automation. Reduce complexity and time to expand capacity for existing sites or build new sites through deployment templates and CaaS automation.

Enhanced Experiences

Deliver better customer experience with adaptable and resilient services. Combine real-time decisioning with holistic cloud awareness for optimal closed-loop actions, improving quality of service.

Simplified Interoperability

Built as a modular and model-driven solution, G-VNFM and NFVO components integrate with SOL-compliant ETSI MANO, 3GPP and O-RAN architectures.

Benefits of Telco Cloud Automation

VMware Telco Cloud Automation delivers a cloud-smart, vendor-neutral approach to telco network orchestration and automation. It eases interoperability and simplifies the translation of telco requirements in a rapidly evolving multi-cloud ecosystem.
benefits of VMware Telco Cloud Automation

Research conducted by ACG highlights several key benefits of VMware Telco Cloud Automation with horizonal infrastructure:

 

  • 344% ROI and 23% reduction in TCO over five years
  • Faster service creation and faster time to market
  • OPEX savings of 38%
  • Unified orchestration and automation

Features

Multi-Cloud & 5G Turnkey Architecture

Packaged NFVO, Generic VNF Manager (G-VNFM) CaaS, and Multi-Cloud Management capabilities with pre-built integrations to VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure.

Multi/Hybrid-Cloud Placements

Support complex xNF/NS instance deployments and management use cases spanning multiple technologies from the core to edge and RAN and private to public clouds.

Simplified Onboarding

Accelerate lengthy network function and service onboarding cycles by integrating descriptor templates leveraging open standards.

Infrastructure Automation

Accelerate network expansion by automating the provisioning software at new sites or adding compute capacity to existing ones.

Standard-Based Interoperability

ETSI-MANO and CNCF compliant architecture leveraging open SOL and Kubernetes standard interfaces for vendor-neutral interoperability.

Intent-Based Placement

Optimize workload placement with automated recommendations to align network function requirements and cloud capabilities.

Programmable Automation

Tailor auto-operations behavior by establishing simple to elaborate rules for closed-loop policies across network function and service lifecycles.

CI/CD Integration

Utilize APIs to act as a single point of integration to CSPs’ existing DevOps practices and continuous integration, continuous deployment (CI/CD) tools.

Unified Network Function Management

Seamlessly manage physical, virtual and cloud-native network functions.

Powerful Visual Composer

Create unique multi-vendor network service or xNF descriptors through an intuitive visual composer interface.

Multi-VIM and K8s Cluster Management

Ease registration with multi-VIM and Kubernetes cluster auto-discovery plus continuous synchronization from infrastructure to orchestration.

Container-as-a-Service Automation (CaaS)

Register existing or create new Kubernetes clusters plus automatically align cluster configurations based on network function requirements.

End-to-End Visibility

Centralize xNF/EMS and VIM/CaaS/NFVi fault and performance management (FM/PM) for enriched policies, workflows and assurance.

Partners

Ready for Telco Cloud Partner Program

VMware cooperates with VNF vendors including all key NEPs, having them certify in the VMware Ready for Telco Cloud program. This program ensures interoperability and operational readiness between third-party-developed VNFs. VMware Telco Cloud Automation leverages this program to certify interoperability with network function vendors, offering a neutral and pre-tested end-to-end MANO solution.

FAQs

VMware Telco Cloud Automation is a multi-domain automation platform that accelerates time to market of communication services while igniting operational agility through unified automation—across networks and clouds.

The number of network functions and network services is growing exponentially. The complexity of these applications is also multiplying through a new diversity of vendors, with multiple formats (virtualized/cloud-native network function) and instantiated/managed in several clouds running different infrastructure. This increased complexity will be managed with orchestration and automation capabilities that go beyond standard infrastructure management. 5G network features such as network slicing and edge computing are also new technologies that will require telco cloud orchestration and automation to be truly effective. CSPs benefit today by implementing these capabilities and those benefits will only increase as the virtualization footprint grows. CSPs that wait, on the other hand, to orchestrate and automate their networks will miss revenue-generating opportunities and will see costs and complexities increase. It comes as no surprise, then, that by 2025 according to IDC, the global MANO market will reach $4.4B, at a 35.4% CAGR.

VMware Telco Cloud Automation focuses on the design, onboarding, and management of the application or service while the VIM manages the underlying infrastructure layer. Telco Could Automation decouples the application from the infrastructure while providing the ability to design, onboard and manage complex network services over multiple VIMs, K8s, sites and tenants.

There is no limit to the type of network services supported by VMware Telco Cloud Automation, but the most common services include Mobile Core (LTE/5G), Multimedia Advanced Services, MPN, VoLTE, VoWIFI, SD-WAN/uCPE, Private LTE, vRAN, etc.

VMware Telco Cloud Automation supports both human and system-triggered automated workflows and policies for network functions and services. The standard automation capabilities for network functions and services include instantiation (placement on the cloud), scaling, healing, rollback, upgrade/update and termination. Users can also define interfaces for custom workflows or revise standard-based workflows.

VMware Telco Cloud Automation is deployed on-premises.

CaaS Automation allows users to centrally create and manage Kubernetes clusters (worker/management nodes) based on templates across the telco cloud—including multi-cloud environments. CaaS automation also enables Telco Cloud Automation to optimize the Kubernetes clusters configurations to match cloud-native network functions properties during the instantiation. Since the specialization is really applied only when the cluster is used, these “late binding” (see the “late-binding” blog here for more information) configurations allow better cluster consistency and optimized infrastructure resource utilization.

VMware Telco Cloud Automation offers Generic VNF Manager (G-VNFM) and NFV/Cloud domain orchestration capabilities. See the datasheet in the Resources section for supported interfaces.

VMware Telco Cloud Automation supports orchestration and automation of network functions in any format (physical, virtual and cloud-native) and from any vendor (compliant to SOL001/004).

Yes, VMware Telco Cloud Automation provides orchestration and automation across the virtual domains, including the core, edge and RAN.

Through the new “Project Lattice,” Network Slicing is offered as a Tech Preview in Telco Cloud Automation 2.0. VMware Telco Cloud Automation will evolve to become a Communication Service Management Function (CSMF), a domain-level Network Slicing Subnet Management Function (NSSMF) and a cross-domain Network Slicing Management Function (NSMF) in addition to its essential role as an orchestrator and as the infrastructure manager. Supporting network slicing orchestration on the domain and cross-domain levels will place Telco Cloud Automation as a centralized management component that controls the lifecycle of the infrastructure and up to the application and service levels, allowing our customers to extend the level of automation of their networks without the need to invest in costly integrations.

Kubernetes has been created for enterprise and consumer applications container management and does not comply, by default, to many carrier-grade telco industry requirements and standards (e.g., ETSI-MANO or integration with 3rd party components like OSS, assurance system, EMS and applications). Telco Cloud Automation provides a singular approach to extend and adapt the standard Kubernetes to a Service Providers’ cloud-native requirements, in addition to providing an abstraction layer to simplify Kubernetes utilization for the Service Provider.

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