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

VMware vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition combines a carrier grade NFV infrastructure with VMware® Integrated OpenStack as the NFV Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM). This version of the vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition platform combines the open API defined by OpenStack with stable and supportable NFVI, to create a platform to support Communication Service Providers (CSPs) in realizing the goals of Network Functions Virtualization.

The VMware vCloud NFVTM OpenStack Edition platform is compliant with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Network Functions Virtualization (NFV); Architectural Framework. The platform is based on VMware components that are tightly integrated and tested. Each of the components has multiple potentially valid configurations, but only a few of these configurations result in a cohesive and robust functional system that meets business and technical requirements, and aligns with the ETSI NFV Architectural Framework.

The VMware vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition platform delivers the following ETSI NFV architectural components:

  • NFV Infrastructure
  • Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM)
  • NFVI Operations Management

These components, their interactions with each other, and the way in which they meet Communication Service Provider requirements, are described in this reference architecture.

Intended Audiance

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