The platform services domain represents various capabilities that are enabled by the VMware Integrated OpenStack cloud infrastructure platform. VNFs, managers, and other components executing within the Telco Cloud Infrastructure OpenStack Edition platform can leverage these capabilities.

Edge Services - VMware NSX-T Data Center

NSX-T Data Center provides two classes of routing capabilities, Distributed Router (DR) and Service Router (SR). The service router capability enables services such as NAT, firewall, load balancer, and so on, at Tier-0 and Tier-1 gateways that VNFs can employ with stateful and stateless options. The Edge services cannot be distributed and require a centralized pool of capacity with high availability and scalability. The appliances that host the centralized services or SR instances are called Edge Nodes. These nodes also provide connectivity to the physical infrastructure.

Analytics – VMware vRealize Operations Manager

The Telco Cloud Infrastructure OpenStack Edition platform is fully integrated with an operations management solution for day 1 and day 2 operations for health monitoring, issue avoidance, and closed-loop automation. This way, the platform provides infrastructure assurance out of the box. The analytics framework can be used by network function and application developers to ingest and correlate their services-specific data in VMware vRealize® Operations Manager™ and leverage its capabilities seamlessly. The framework provides various mechanisms through management and content packs for data management and closed-loop automation with workflows that are custom to their operations and planning requirements.

Policy Consistency

The Telco Cloud Infrastructure OpenStack Edition platform components utilize policy-based frameworks that can be defined once and applied at runtime to maintain the desired end state. The decision and enforcement split makes the management and operation of the platform and its services highly flexible, which operations and applications can leverage. Policies in compute can be used for right-sizing the infrastructure to ensure capacity and performance. Workload placement and runtime optimization for DRS and vMotion can be prescribed with platform awareness. Policies in networking range in physical networking such as teaming, network management and control, and security for East-West and perimeter traffic control. Storage policies provide services such as availability levels, capacity consumption, and stripe widths for performance. Policies in operations can help to ensure that SLAs are met with configurable alerting, recommendation, and remediation framework.

Programmability

The VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure OpenStack Edition solution supports flexible APIs and SDKs. The resource orchestration provides compliant upstream alignment with OpenStack APIs. Infrastructure management for compute, networking, and storage are fully programmable as well.

For more information on the VMware APIs, see the VMware API Explorer.