The Operations management architecture includes VMware vRealize® Log Insight™, VMware vRealize® Operations ™, and VMware Telco Cloud Service Assurance™to provide real-time monitoring and logging for the infrastructure and compute workloads in the Telco Cloud Platform RAN solution.
vRealize Log Insight
vRealize Log Insight collects data from ESXi hosts using the syslog protocol. vRealize Log Insight has the following capabilities:
Connects to other VMware products such as VMware vCenter Server® to collect events, tasks, and alarm data.
Integrates with vRealize Operations to send notification events and enable launch in context.
Functions as a collection and analysis point for any system that sends syslog data.
To collect additional logs, you can install an ingestion agent on Linux or Windows servers or use the preinstalled agent on specific VMware products. Preinstalled agents are useful for custom application logs and operating systems such as Windows that do not natively support the syslog protocol.
As the Kubernetes and Container adoptions are increasing in Telco 5G, vRealize Log Insight can also be the centralized log management platform for Tanzu Kubernetes clusters. Cloud Administrators can easily configure container logs to forward to vRLI using industry-standard Open Source log agents such as FluentD and Fluentbit. Any logs written to standard output (stdout) by the container pod are sent to vRLI by the log agent, with no changes to the CNF itself.
Telco Cloud Service Assurance
VMware Telco Cloud Service Assurance is a holistic service assurance solution that allows Communications Service Providers (CSPs) and large enterprises to monitor and manage both the traditional physical infrastructure and new virtual and containerized network services together. The micro-services architecture enables flexibility and scale in VMware Telco Cloud Service Assurance.
VMware Telco Cloud Service Assurance provides an automated approach to operational intelligence to reduce operational expenses, increase uptime, meet SLAs, and operationalize new services faster. It automatically discovers the topology of a complex, multivendor network including the physical, virtual, and services layers, and presents the user with a comprehensive, graphical topology view.
VMware Telco Cloud Service Assurance provides the following capabilities:
Single pane of glass providing the CSP Operations teams with rapid insights
Automated root-cause analysis across service, physical, and virtualized networks
Auto-discovery of physical and virtual topologies
Dashboard and reporting
RAN assurance to consume fault and metric data from the RAN environment
vRealize Operations tracks and analyzes the operation of multiple data sources by using specialized analytic algorithms. These algorithms help vRealize Operations learn and predict the behavior of every object it monitors. Users access this information by using views, reports, and dashboards.
vRealize Operations, vRealize Log Insight, and VMware Telco Cloud Service Assurance are optional components in VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN.