Welcome to the VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure™ documentation. Use the navigation on the left to browse through the documentation for each release of Telco Cloud Infrastructure™ — Cloud Director Edition, Telco Cloud Infrastructure™ — OpenStack Edition, and their components (related products). The documentation is also available in the PDF format, which you can access by clicking the Download PDF icon while reading a page or viewing a search result.

What’s Telco Cloud Infrastructure?

VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure is the evolution of VMware vCloud® NFV™, a modular NFV platform. The ETSI-compliant NFVI platform supports a broad set of Virtual Network Functions (VNF) applications, creating a large ecosystem for Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to deliver innovation at a rapid pace and scale. The consistent horizontal architecture of the NFVI platform enables CSPs to deploy various network functions and services for 4G and 5G networks, from core to edge. Furthermore, the same infrastructure components are used in VMware Telco Cloud Platform™, sharing the tried-and-true infrastructure DNA. This empowers CSPs to evolve their telco cloud deployments seamlessly from Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to Container-as-a-Service (CaaS), without common upgrade dependencies.

Figure 1. Telco Cloud Infrastructure Components
Telco Cloud Infrastructure Components
  • Compute: Virtual compute provides you the best performance and availability. For more information, see the VMware vSphere documentation.

  • Storage: Virtual storage supports hybrid and all flash configurations. For more information, see the VMware vSAN documentation.
  • Networking: Virtual network provides cloud-first telco networking and security to both Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and Cloud Native Network Functions (CNFs). For more information, see the VMware NSX-T Data Center documentation.

  • Virtual Infrastructure Manager: You can choose to use one of these proven multi-tenant solutions with Telco Cloud Infrastructure (Cloud Director Edition and OpenStack Edition):

  • Operations, Management, and Analytics: Combines the automation and operations capabilities of vRealize Cloud Management to provide consistent operations and governance for hybrid cloud environment. For more information, see the vRealize product documentations.

    For more information about the Telco Cloud Infrastructure components, their interactions with each other, and how they meet CSP requirements, see the Telco Cloud Infrastructure Reference Architecture Guides (Cloud Director Edition and OpenStack Edition).

Upgrade From vCloud NFV to Telco Cloud Infrastructure

Telco Cloud Infrastructure maintains the principle design and framework of vCloud NFV to be a fully integrated, modular, multi-tenant telco cloud infrastructure solution.

With the general availability of Telco Cloud Infrastructure on October 13, 2020, vCloud NFV 2.x versions will become End of Support (EOS) effective November 2021 and vCloud NFV 3.x versions effective April 2023. So, we recommend that you consider upgrading your vCloud NFV environment to Telco Cloud Infrastructure.

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