VMware Telco Cloud Automation (TCA) is a unified orchestrator. It onboards and orchestrates workloads seamlessly to VM and container-based infrastructures. It distributes workloads from the core to the edge and from private to public clouds for unified orchestration.

Communications service providers (CSPs) are transitioning from physical to cloud networks to gain operational agility, network resiliency, and low operating costs. This shift marks a radical departure from the traditional single‑purpose hardware appliance model, especially as CSPs must now design and operate services across a web of data centers—bridging physical and virtual ecosystems—while enabling interoperability across competing vendors.

Due to the complexity of coordinating network functions and managing multiple services, CSPs require an automated approach that removes complexity and error‑prone manual processes. To address these challenges and improve operational efficiency, CSPs are turning to VMware Telco Cloud Automation.

Figure 1. Telco Cloud Automation Overview
Telco Cloud Automation Overview

Telco Cloud Automation accelerates time-to-market for network functions and services while igniting operational agility through unified automation—across any network and any cloud. It applies an automated, cloud‑first approach that streamlines the CSP’s orchestration journey with native integration to VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure.

Telco Cloud Automation enables multi‑cloud placement, easing workload instantiation and mobility from the network core to edge and from private to public clouds. It also offers standards‑driven modular components to integrate any multi‑vendor MANO architecture. VMware further enhances interoperability by expanding partner network function certification using the VMware Ready for Telco Cloud program. With simplified and certified interoperability, CSPs can now leverage best‑of‑breed solutions and reduce their risks.

Key Benefits of Telco Cloud Automation

  • Accelerates time-to-market of network functions and services.

  • Integrates 5G network capabilities alongside existing architecture.

  • Gains operational efficiencies and avoids error‑prone manual tasks.

  • Enhances the service experience through workload mobility, dynamic scalability, closed‑loop healing, and improved resilience.

  • Optimizes cloud resource utilization through VMware xNF Manager (G-xNFM), NFVO, and VIM/ CaaS/NFVI integrations.

  • Evolves to cloud native with Kubernetes upstream compliance, cloud-native patterns, and CaaS automation.

  • Avoids costly integration fees, maximizes current VMware investments, innovates faster, reduces project complexity, and enables faster deployment with pre‑built VMware integrations.

  • Reduces the time to provision new network sites or to expand capacity into existing ones. Leverages best‑of‑breed network functions and benefits from a healthy and thriving multi‑vendor ecosystem.

  • Minimizes version validation efforts.

  • Improves service quality of AI-driven workflows that are integrated with VMware Telco Cloud Service Assurance.