VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure OpenStack Edition combines a carrier grade NFV infrastructure with VMware® Integrated OpenStack as the NFV Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM). This version of the Telco Cloud Infrastructure OpenStack Edition platform combines the OpenStack API with stable and supportable Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI). This way, Telco Cloud Infrastructure provides a platform to support Communication 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 the upstream OpenStack Train release, provides a CI/CD environment for workload lifecycle management. The platform also delivers an automation framework to interoperate with external functions for service orchestration and management.

In addition to the core NFV 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

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