VMware at MWC: more options for operators to take advantage of 5G

vmware has presented several novelties focused on allowing telecommunications operators to get more out of 5G. He has done so within the framework of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ​​revealing, among other things, smart wireless capabilities for SD-WAN and SASE customers of the company.

In addition, the company has also announced the extension of the agreement between VMware and Intel to develop edge devices with 5G connectivity, enabling support for more SD-WAN use cases involving mobile devices and the Internet of Things.

WMware SD-WAN and SASE

VMware SD-WAN allows you to create a single virtual overlay network on top of the underlying transports, improving application reliability. This is because it offers answers to network problems in milliseconds. Additionally, both VMware SD-WAN and SASE support a wide range of transport services, such as LTE/3G, satellite transport, and cable transport options, providing flexibility in WAN connectivity.

With VMware SD-WAN, the quality of experience (QoE) improvement for voice and video applications when using satellite and LTE1 can exceed 40%. In addition, it makes it possible to use the maximum of the network through adaptive thresholds created from the information learned from the LTE and satellite connections of the company’s customers. SD-WAN and SASE will improve connectivity, compute, and intelligence for rapidly evolving edge use cases with the help of VMware Private Mobile Network.

As to SD WAN Client, one of the innovations announced, will help deliver consistent connectivity, performance, and security capabilities to remote workers as well as remotely deployed Internet of Things devices. It is expected to be available during the first quarter of 2024.

In addition, Intel and VMware have announced a collaboration around devices at the edge, giving businesses expanded 5G connectivity options. Thus, they will be able to use them in additional use cases to the current ones, which include moving vehicles, ATMs and IoT devices.

The first of the series of new devices will be intended for small branches. The second will be a version with 5G of this first. This range of devices, which will be available throughout 2023, will offer improved WAN performance, next-generation WiFi technology. In addition, they will have an integrated eSIM.

VMware is also adding the VMware Certified Professional training and certification program for VMware SD-WAN and SASE to his range of professional certifications, which he intends to do before the end of this year as well. With this certification, partners and customers will be able to identify professionals trained to deploy and manage VMware SD_WAN solutions.

VMware Telco Cloud Platform in deployments

The company has also announced that several of its global customers are deploying VMware Telco Cloud Platform, a solution announced by the company several months ago. They have also announced several product advancements, and a growing ecosystem of partners.

Thus, VMware has presented innovations so that service providers can modernize their networks with agility. In addition, he has unveiled his vision for the Service Orchestration and Management Framework, which follows the Open RAN alliance’s approach to simplifying, optimizing and automating RAN and its applications.

In addition, VMware offers next-generation networking within the VMware Telco Cloud Platform with VMware NSX. It offers intelligent networking and lateral security capabilities. With these advances, the company offers accelerated network performance and security for VNFs and CNFs. All this while improving network observability and increasing host resources available to applications.

VMware has also announced the availability of DPU-based acceleration of security-side features. These include distributed firewall and distributed intrusion detection and prevention. On the other hand, it has announced Project Kauai, a technical preview that will give CSPs more options for deploying a modern, disaggregated RAN. Project Kauai will allow CSPs to continue to have the benefits of a VMware ESXi-based architecture, but Kauai will complement the hypervisor, allowing them to run virtualized and disaggregated RAN functions on a bare metal server running VMware Tanzu.

According to Sanjay Uppal, Vice President and General Manager, VMware Edge and Service Provider Unitthe company has «evolved the telco and edge digital infrastructure by providing telecom service providers with a cloud-smart approach that offers more flexibility and greater efficiency, both from a technology and operational perspective.” Working hand in hand with our partners, our clients will be able to create services that are more advanced and innovative than ever before, and thus? advance the sector and its capabilities«.

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