VMware Is Getting Serious About Telcos & NFV


VMware is amassing its telco-knowledgeable talent in an effort to boost its profile in network functions virtualization (NFV).

VMware also hopes to contribute to open source efforts. The company plans to demonstrate some extensions toOpen Source MANO (OSM) at that group’s October meeting in Santa Clara, California. This work has proceeded with help from Telefonica, whose NFV management and orchestration (MANO) code is at the foundation of OSM. Finishing touches to the code were being applied last week.

The idea is to offer some of VMware’s virtualization expertise to the project. OSM is a new initiative, and some of its specifications display the least common denominator effect; they’re too general, Di Piazza says. VMware hopes to give the project a little more punch. VMware also plans to join the Open Orchestrator Project (Open-O), the MANO effort being shepherded by the Linux Foundation.

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