VMware vCloud® NFV™ combines a carrier-grade NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) with Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM). VIM comprises a rich set of APIs with stable and supportable vCloud NFVI. Thus, vCloud NFV provides a platform to support Communication Service Providers (CSPs) in realizing the goal for network modernization and business transformation.

The vCloud NFV platform implements a modular design with abstractions that enable multi-vendor, multi-domain, and hybrid (physical and virtual) execution environments. The platform also delivers an automation framework to interoperate with external functions for service orchestration and management. In addition to VIM and the core NFV infrastructure components for compute, storage, and networking, the vCloud NFV platform includes a fully integrated suite for operational intelligence and monitoring. This suite can be used to enhance the runtime environments with workflows for dynamic workload optimization and proactive issue avoidance.
Figure 1. vCloud NFV Platform
VCloud NFV Platform