This Platform Deployment Guide describes the process of deploying VMware Telco Cloud Platform™ – RAN based on the Telco Cloud Platform RAN 2.0 Reference Architecture design. The procedures in this guide are validated in VMware labs.

This guide provides only the high-level steps to deploy Telco Cloud Platform RAN. For the detailed steps to deploy and configure each component in the platform, see the VMware product documentation of each component.

Intended Audience

This Platform Deployment Guide is intended for implementation engineers who want to deploy and configure Telco Cloud Platform RAN. Before you deploy the platform, you must be familiar with the following:

  • Telco Cloud Platform RAN 2.0 Reference Architecture design

  • Installation and configuration of each VMware product in Telco Cloud Platform RAN

  • General navigation and configuration elements of each VMware product in Telco Cloud Platform RAN

Acronyms and Definitions

The following table lists the acronyms used frequently in this guide.

Abbreviation

Description

SR-IOV

Single Root Input/Output Virtualization

vDS

vSphere Distributed Switch

VNF

Virtual Network Function

Cloud Native Acronyms

Abbreviation

Description

CNF

Cloud Native Network Function executing within a Kubernetes environment

CSI

Container Storage Interface. vSphere CSI exposes vSphere storage to containerized workloads on container orchestrators, such as Kubernetes. It enables vSAN and other types of vSphere storage.

CNS

Cloud Native Storage, a storage solution that provides comprehensive data management for Kubernetes stateful applications.

K8s

Kubernetes