Closer to 5G: VMware Helps Telecom Operators Deploy Next-Generation Networks

    At the Mobile World Congress 2018 conference, VMware representatives said that they intend to help providers and operators in the creation of a new generation of 5G networks.

    We will talk about what will be used to solve this problem. / photo by John Leszczynski CC

    Virtualize network services

    The VMware vCloud NFV platform provides a basic virtualized infrastructure for working with services and applications in a private and public cloud environment, as well as in Telco hybrid clouds . Hybrid Telco Cloud allows you to organize the work of IoT systems and basic network services (for example, the core of the wireless network architecture) and migrate them between different cloud environments.

    In the future, VMware plans to expand the functionality of the architecture and implement the DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit). This is a set of libraries of the transmitting level, which accelerates the processing of packets on networks due to the software framework for x86, ARM, and PowerPC processors. He usesEnvironment Abstraction Layer (EAL), which provides a standard software interface for hardware accelerators and operating system components.

    In addition, VMware has teamed up with Intel to provide providers the ability to configure 5G networks adapted for working with cloud environments. To do this, the DPDK will receive an update that improves memory bandwidth when working with Intel Xeon processors.

    Will help to work with containers

    The Pivotal Container Service (PKS) solution is a solution for working with Kubernetes. Kubernetes support appeared on VMware vSphere , a solution for dynamically balancing the load on servers and storage and automatically restarting the VM when physical machines crash.

    / photo Mark Finney CC

    At the same time, PKS is constantly monitored for vulnerabilities noted in the CVE database . If a problem is detected, the team that monitors the security of Pivotal products immediately notifies users of it - for this they have a separate page with reports on the site. If a security risk arises, the system allows providers to upgrade Kubernetes clusters without downtime using the PKS toolManager the Operations . For information on how to deploy the Ops Manager solution on vSphere, see the manual here .

    Simplify service development

    VMware also talked about solutions that will simplify the development of service providers: they will accelerate their deployment, facilitate maintenance and offer customers new features. For this, the company has several products:

    • VeloCloud. This is a joint product of VMware and VeloCloud, which is a cloud-based software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) network. It provides providers with the ability to manage customer services remotely (as MSP ). VeloCloud SD-WAN can be deployed on the operator’s equipment as a ready-made service, or as a virtualized network function on client machines.
    • Digital Workspace. VMware recently updated Workspace ONE - a single Digital Workspace-platform for administering applications (we wrote in detail about the platform's innovations and capabilities here ). Thanks to Workspace ONE, network operators will be able to administer and protect any user devices (including BYOD), as well as provide their customers with access to all applications (virtual, cloud, mobile, web applications, etc.) through a single registration portal. For example, this will help providers increase revenue from reselling software licenses or accompanying services.
    • Hybrid Cloud Extension. The tool will allow operators to transfer VMware infrastructure to the public cloud, without requiring re-configuration, testing and changing cloud tools. In addition, providers will be able to offer corporate customers access to large-scale clouds. The extension will enable users to create and run workloads related to IT or network functions in powerful virtual data centers and work with VMware's software-defined data center ( SDDC ).

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