This reference architecture provides guidance for designing and creating a greenfield Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) platform by using VMware vCloud® NFV™ OpenStack Edition.

This document describes the high-level design principles and considerations when implementing an environment that is based on vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition. It also provides example scenarios to help you understand the platform capabilities.

Intended Audience

This document is intended for telecommunications and solution architects, sales engineers, field consultants, advanced services specialists, and customers who are responsible for the virtualized network services (VNFs) and the NFV environment on which they run.

Document Structure

Section Description
Reference Environment Introduces the target conceptual reference environment and customer drivers for NFV.
Architectural Framework and Components Covers the logical architecture and components of the vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition platform.
Core Reference Architecture Defines the core reference architecture of the vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition 3.0 platform to meet target customer objectives.
Deployment Options Defines the possible configurations for deploying the vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition platform in the CSP infrastructure to meet the target design and scale objectives.
Next Generation Data Center Evolution Covers a set of solutions and use case scenarios to modernize a CSP cloud infrastructure environment with vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition.
Analytics-Enabled Reference Architecture Covers how the core reference architecture can be enhanced with infrastructure operational intelligence for day 1 and day 2 operations and automation.