This section describes the platform components and the supporting infrastructure components that are required to deploy VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN.

Platform Components

Telco Cloud Platform RAN includes required and recommended components. The required components are mandatory for the solution to function as designed, while the recommended components provide useful additional capabilities. You can use alternative or third-party components as appropriate.

Note:

For the latest supported versions of these components, see the Telco Cloud Platform RAN 2.0 Release Notes.

Telco Cloud Platform RAN Components

Version

Required/Recommended

VMware ESXi™

7.0 U3f

Required

VMware vCenter® Server Appliance™

7.0 U3f

Required

VMware vSAN™ Standard Edition

7.0 U3f

Recommended

VMware vRealize® Operations™ Advanced Edition

8.6 or later

Recommended

VMware vRealize Log Insight™

8.4 or later

Recommended

VMware vRealize Network Insight™

6.4 or later

Recommended

VMware vRealize® Orchestrator™

8.6.2

Required

Note: A vCenter Server license entitles the use of vRealize Orchestrator, with the basic functionalities required for VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN.

VMware Telco Cloud Automation™ (including Airgap BOM)

2.1

Required

VMware Tanzu® Kubernetes Grid™

1.5.4

Required

VMware Telco Cloud Service Assurance

2.0.1

Recommended

The following vRealize Management and Content packs are required only when deploying the operations management products in Telco Cloud Platform RAN.

Management Components

VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for vCenter Server (included with vRealize Operations)

VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for vSAN (included with vRealize Operations)

VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for Log Insight (included with vRealize Operations)

VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for vRealize Orchestrator

VMware vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vCenter Server (included with vRealize Log Insight)

VMware vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Operations (included with vRealize Log Insight)

VMware vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for Network Insight

VMware vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Orchestrator

VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for Kubernetes (included with vRealize Operations)

You can download the vRealize management packs and vRealize Log Insight content packs from VMware Solution Exchange.

Supporting Infrastructure

The supporting infrastructure components are required for the successful operation of Telco Cloud Platform RAN. These components are typically deployed in the data center network with connectivity to the management network. Deploy these components as Virtual Machines (VM) to leverage the VMware vSphere High Availability (HA) feature.

Supporting Infrastructure Components

Description

Active Directory Server

Provides a centralized authentication source for management components

DNS Server

Provides forward and reverse lookup services to all platform components

NTP Server

Provides a time synchronization service to all components

SMTP Server

Sends email notifications from the platform in response to events and alarms

SNMP Server

Sends SNMP alerts to external monitoring systems