Dell and VMware set the ball rolling for telcos to go cloud-native

Dell and VMware set the ball rolling for telcos to go cloud-native

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The cloud-native space continues to gain steam based on the resilience, flexibility, performance and agility benefits it provides.

Through the VMware Telco Cloud Platform, Dell Technologies Inc. and VMware Inc. have partnered to enable network operators to achieve telco-grade resilience and service availability by deploying virtual network and cloud-native functions, according to Odded Solomon (pictured, left), director of technical product management for service provider and edge cloud at VMware.

“The Telco Cloud Platform is serving network function vendors, such as Ericsson, Nokia, Mavenir, and so on,” Solomon said. “What we do with Dell as part of this partnership is essentially complementing the platform with some additional functionality that is not coming out of the box. We do provide APIs that we can expose and work together with Dell [PowerProtect Data Manager] solution. So … cloud-native is really starting. I would say about 10 to 20% of the network functions these days are cloud-native.”

Solomon and Jared Woodrey (pictured, right), director of partner engineering, Open Telecom Ecosystem Lab, at Dell, spoke with theCUBE industry analysts Lisa Martin and David Nicholson at MWC 2023, during an exclusive broadcast on theCUBE. They discussed how Dell and VMware have laid the grounds for telcos to modernize through virtualization and being cloud-native. (* Disclosure below.)

Tackling data protection concerns among CSPs

Through Dell PowerProtect Data Manager, communication service providers are able to take data protection a notch higher, according to Woodrey, who said that concise and accurate procedures come in handy.

“PowerProtect Data Manager is a product, but it’s produced by Dell,” he pointed out. “It enables data protection over virtual cloud, as well as the physical infrastructure of, specifically in this case, a telecom ecosystem. This enables an ability to rapidly redeploy and back up existing configurations all the way up to the [VMware] TCP and TCA that pulls the basis of our work here with VMware.”

As a vertical in VMware, the Telco Cloud Platform helps streamline and modernize 5G, according to Solomon. The platform also provides virtualization to telcos.

“The VMware Telco Cloud Platform has existed for about eight years,” Solomon noted. “So this has definitely helped the network equipment providers with virtualizing their network functions. Those are typically virtualized network functions inside the VMs. 5G is associated with cloud-native network functions. So 5G is getting started now, getting deployed.”

Through the Open Telecom Ecosystem Lab, or OTEL, solution, telcos are provided with an ideal testing ground to propel innovation with the help of various features like automation tools, according to Woodrey.

“So the Open Telecom Ecosystem Lab is physically located at Round Rock, Texas; it’s the heart and soul of it,” he stated. “But this week, we also announced opening up the Cork, Ireland, extension of OTEL. The reason for our existence is to try and make it as easy as possible for both partners and customers to come together and to reaggregate this disaggregated ecosystem.”

Here’s the complete video interview, part of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of the MWC 2023 event:

(* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for MWC 2023. Neither Dell Technologies Inc., the primary sponsor for theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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