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14 September 2017
| James Pearce
Vodafone has struck a deal with VMware that will see the software vendor support its deployment of Network Function Virtualisation across the globe.
VMware’s vCloud NFV will form part of
Vodafone’s group-wide network transformation
project, which will introduce NFV and software defined
networking technologies into its network.
vCloud NFVis an ETSI-compliant modular, multi-tenant NFV
platform that supports choice in virtual infrastructure
management, allowing Vodafone to deploy multiple applications
and services swiftly.
"Vodafone's selection of VMware to support network
transformation highlights how we are a proven, strategic
software innovator that can help communications service
providers successfully deliver new services faster while
driving down costs," said Shekar Ayyar, executive vice
president and general manager, telco Group at VMware.
"Our vCloud NFV platform is an agile and flexible
virtualized infrastructure platform. Combined with
Carrier-Grade Support, this will provide Vodafone with an open
platform for new service development today, with an
architecture that will support 5G deployments in the
For Vodafone, NFV offers an opportunity to create a more
agile network infrastructure whilst also giving the UK-based
telco the flexibility to deploy new services more
It recently announced a partnership with IBM for hybrid
cloud capabilities that also leverages the
latter’s relationship with VMware, meaning
enterprises can now move their VMware-based workloads from the
Vodafone Hosted Private Cloud to the IBM Cloud.
"Virtualized, cloud-native network functions are a critical
element of our Group-wide program as we continue to transform
how we build, operate and evolve our networks and services,"
said Fran Heeran, Vodafone Group's head of network
"Reducing the time and cost to deploy and operate services,
utilizing automation and convergence in standardized cloud
environments for our network and IT businesses is a critical
part of our technology and operational transformation