VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure™ – Cloud Director Edition combines a carrier-grade infrastructure with VMware Cloud Director™ as the Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM). This version of the platform combines the VMware Cloud Director API with stable and supportable infrastructure. This way, Telco Cloud Infrastructure provides a platform to support Communications Service Providers (CSPs) with network modernization and business transformation.

The Telco Cloud Infrastructure platform implements a modular design with abstractions that enable multi-vendor, multi-domain, and hybrid physical, and virtual execution environments. The IaaS layer that is exposed through this version of VMware Cloud Director, provides a CI/CD environment for workload life cycle management. The platform also delivers an automation framework to interoperate with external functions for service orchestration and management.

In addition to the core infrastructure components for compute, storage, networking, and VIM, the Telco Cloud Infrastructure platform includes a fully integrated suite for operational intelligence and monitoring. This suite can be used to further enhance the runtime environments with workflows for dynamic workload optimization and proactive issue avoidance.

Figure 1. Telco Cloud Infrastructure Components
Telco Cloud Infrastructure Components

The Telco Cloud Infrastructure components, their interactions with each other, and how they meet CSP requirements, are described in this reference architecture.