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March 2, 2015

VMware looks to transform core networks for CSPs

NFV platform provides support for virtual network functions.

By Alexander Sword

VMware has debuted VMware vCloud for NFV, a Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) platform combining VMware’s solutions with OpenStack support.

Announced at MWC in Barcelona today, the solution provides support for more than 40 different virtual network functions (VNFs) from over 30 vendors, as well as the capability to run these VNFs on the same unified platform.

It will include VMware vSphere, VMware NSX, VMware Virtual SAN and VMware vRealize Operations. Also in the platform is VMware Integrated OpenStack, which will allow customers to adopt OpenStack in phases.

Confirmed customers include Vodafone, EMC and Cyan. Communication service providers are increasingly using NFV to transform their core networks, increasing efficiency and speed.

Shekar Ayyar, corporate senior vice president, Strategy and Corporate Development and General Manager, Telco NFV Group, VMware, commented: "By moving network functions virtualisation into production today, our communications service provider customers, such as Vodafone, are accelerating their own transformation into next-generation cloud providers, building the operational expertise needed to succeed in the cloud era ahead of their competition."

He added: "Today, CSPs can deploy virtual network functions on VMware vCloud APIs, building valuable production cloud DNA into their operations and support teams. At the same time, they can begin to test OpenStack-based VNFs on the same infrastructure and deploy to production as OpenStack’s suitability for NFV use cases improves in future releases."

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