VMware has expanded its VMware Ready for Telco Cloud program

VMware expands its VMware Ready for Telco Cloud program

26 June 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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VMware has expanded its VMware Ready for Telco Cloud program, formerly known as the VMware Ready for NFV program.

The enhanced program will enable telco network functions partners to test the interoperability and readiness of their virtual network functions (VNF) and cloud-native network functions (CNF) with the VMware Telco Cloud platform.

“As the telecommunications industry starts its migration to 5G and cloud native telco cloud design principles, there are two trends that will shape the industry for years to come – a need for improved orchestration and a shift of network functions to a cloud native architecture,” said Gabriele Di Piazza (pictured), vice president of solutions, Telco & Edge Cloud at VMware.

“The expanded scope of the VMware Ready for Telco Cloud program reflects VMware’s understanding of these shifts, and our focus on helping customers more seamlessly architect, deploy, and manage software-defined telco clouds.”

The expanded program will offer two new certifications VMware Ready for Telco Cloud and VMware Ready for Telco Cloud Infrastructure.

VMware Ready for Telco Cloud certifies network functions for deployment and lifecycle operations through VMware Telco Cloud Automation, a multi-cloud orchestration and automation platform.

While VMware Ready for Telco Cloud Infrastructure, identifies telco network functions that interoperate with the core infrastructure layers of the VMware Telco Cloud, as referenced by the VMware ETSI-compliant vCloud NFV Reference Architecture.

Overall, the expanded program enables VMware partners to speed up the onboarding and deployment of their 5G-related services on the VMware Telco Cloud platform.

Content service providers therefore benefit from having access to advanced network functions and services, such as 5G Core components, that are ready to be deployed on the VMware Telco Cloud platform.

VMware confirms Broadpeak CDN, ENEA MSP, NetNumber Titan and Nokia Cloud Mobile Gateway, as its ecosystem partners and network functions that have successfully completed the end-to-end VMware Ready for Telco Cloud certification.