This section describes the platform components and the supporting infrastructure components required to deploy VMware Telco Cloud Platform 5G Edition.

Platform Components

Telco Cloud Platform 5G Edition includes required and recommended components.

  • Required components are mandatory for the solution to function as designed.

  • Recommended components provide additional capabilities. You can use alternative or third-party components as appropriate.

Note:

For the latest supported versions of these components, see the VMware Telco Cloud Platform 5G Edition 2.5 Release Notes.

Telco Cloud Platform 5G 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

8.6.2

Recommended

VMware vRealize Log Insight™

8.3

Recommended

VMware vRealize Network Insight™

6.5.1

Recommended

VMware vRealize Orchestrator

8.6.2

Required

VMware NSX-T™ Data Center

3.2.1

Required

VMware Telco Cloud Automation™

2.1

Required

VMware Tanzu™ Kubernetes Grid™

1.5.4

Required

VMware NSX® Advanced Load Balancer™

21.1.4

Recommended

The following Management and Content packs are also required for deploying Telco Cloud Platform 5G Edition.
Note:

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

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 NSX-T

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

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 5G Edition. 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.

To perform specific operations, you require privileges associated with the specific role. For more information, see Privileges and Roles.

Supporting Infrastructure Components

Description

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

Airgap Server (optional)

Allows the VMware Telco Cloud Automation cluster to download the required images and packages in an internet-restricted or air-gapped environment.