Misconfiguration of RAN resources or network functions can expose known attack vectors or vulnerabilities. With Open RAN and APIs, programmable resource provisioning and other techniques can be used to automate network management and decrease the incidences of human error or malicious activity. Automation can help avoid misconfigurations and insecure configurations such as deploying a CNF in a container with elevated privileges.

Applying security patches at scale

VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN automates network management to reduce the risks of misconfiguration and to improve security patching at scale:

  • Simplify the onboarding of RAN functions with validated, standards-compliant packages optimized for the platform.

  • Reduce misconfiguration by automating the provisioning of RAN sites based on standardized templates describing appliances and configurations.

  • Automatically discover, register, and create Kubernetes clusters from a centralized location to manage life-cycle management and patching of thousands of distributed components.

  • Automated lifecycle management applies security patches to infrastructure elements, Kubernetes clusters, RAN functions, and the Linux container host.

  • Programmatically adjust the underpinning platform availability and resource configuration, based on the requirements of RAN functions during instantiation.

The platform’s CI/CD pipeline onboards and deploys RAN functions quickly and reliably, eliminating time-consuming and error-prone integration.

Optimizing resource placement

With Telco Cloud Platform RAN, programmable resource provisioning optimizes where to locate DUs and CUs. When you onboard a virtualized RAN function, you can programmatically adjust the underpinning platform availability and resource configuration based on the function’s requirements to reduce human error and the possibility of misconfiguration.