Multi-cloud services VMware has introduced innovations and enhanced offerings to help communication service providers (CSP) more quickly modernize their networks at MWC 2023.
VMware also unveiled its vision for the Service Management and Orchestration (SMO) framework, which follows the O-RAN alliance’s approach of simplifying, optimizing, and automating the RAN and its applications.
The technical preview allows CSPs to complement VMware ESXi by running disaggregated and virtualized RAN functions directly on a bare metal server with VMware Tanzu.
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“Enterprises are seeking more secure, reliable, and better delivery of apps, data, and services to the edge for branch offices, factory floors, clinics, and retail stores,” said Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider and Edge, VMware.
VMware is providing next-generation networking within VMware Telco Cloud Platform with VMware NSX delivering telco-grade intelligent networking and lateral security capabilities. With recent advances, including the DPU-based acceleration announced last August, VMware offers accelerated networking and security performance for VNFs and CNFs, while enhancing network observability and increasing the host resources available to applications.
VMware also announced the availability of DPU-based acceleration of lateral security features like distributed firewall and distributed intrusion detection and prevention along with energy efficiency use cases for 4G/5G core load balancing needs.
VMware will also soon start delivering new and enhanced edge connectivity and intelligent wireless capabilities to its SD-WAN and SASE customers.
According to the company, its VMware SD-WAN can provide over more than 40% improvement in QoE for voice and video applications when using satellite and cellular1. In addition to delivering higher application quality, the platform enables higher network utilization through adaptive thresholds designed from real-world learnings from more than 100,000 cellular and satellite connections in use today by VMware customers.
Also, VMware introduced a VMware Certified Professional education program and certificate for VMware SD-WAN and SASE to help partners and customers identify professionals with the skills and expertise necessary to effectively deploy and manage VMware SD-WAN solutions.