VMware Takes On Radio Networks

VMware is launching tools for radio network optimization, based on its Uhana acquisition, and also upgrading its OpenStack infrastructure support.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

August 27, 2019

3 Min Read
VMware Takes On Radio Networks

SAN FRANCISCO -- VMworld 2019 -- VMware is extending its reach to telco radio networks to help operators make the transition to 5G.

VMware laid out plans on Tuesday for how it will use assets from Uhana, a startup that optimizes radio networks using analytics and machine learning, which VMware announced plans to acquire in late July. VMware said Tuesday that it closed the deal.

Uhana assets will enable VMware to plant its feet in a wider stance on telco networks, Gabriele di Piazza, VMware VP of products and solutions, tells Light Reading. "We're evolving to a broader telco cloud horizon. Multiple silos and pools of compute are being connected. This adds an additional layer of control."

He adds, "The move to 5G will require more advanced capabilities to observe, predict and control radio networks. The capability Uhana brings to VMware is the ability to observe in realtime any session, any user subscriber, predict the network condition and experience in realtime, understand key performance indicators and drive insights into control. We are discussing becoming the control plane of the network."

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5G applications will require service quality as a key differentiator for communications service providers to compete as well as reduce subscriber churn, VMware says. Managing radio networks will help carriers achieve those goals.

Additionally, VMware is improving its OpenStack infrastructure for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

VMware is looking to help telcos move from existing virtual machine infrastructure to containers, which provide greater agility and scalability. To that end, the company is releasing VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0, supporting deployment of both VM and container applications. The technology is based on assets VMware acquired when it bought Heptio for $550 million in 2018, as well as Essential PKS, which is provided by Pivotal Software, which VMware announced plans to acquire for $2.7 billion last week.

VMware is making a strategic shift to deploy containers and virtual machines together as peers on cloud infrastructure. The company announced plans this week to build native support for Kubernetes into its flagship vSphere platform.

Additionally, VMware is releasing a reference architecture for edge networking using VMware vCloud NFV Infrastructure and VMware Integrated OpenStack, allowing communications service providers to manage multiple edge sites form a single centralized data center, which reduces overall footprint at the edge while optimizing network performance, VMware says.

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Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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