Accelerate deployment of production NFV services on OpenStack


VMware vCloud NFV OpenStack is a production proven carrier-grade OpenStack solution that provides the fastest path for communications service providers (CSPs) to deploy services on OpenStack. Many of the world’s leading CSPs rely on vCloud NFV OpenStack to develop modern cloud computing stacks, transform their networks, operations, and business models to support new revenue streams, lower operating costs, and evolve to 5G.


With advanced resource placement, fast and hitless installs and upgrades, high availability, security with micro-segmentation, and intelligent operations with carrier-grade vRealize Operations, vCloud NFV OpenStack is not only easy to deploy and operate alongside your current infrastructure but also ready for what’s next.


  • Accelerate service innovation and time-to-market anytime, anywhere and across any device by leveraging VMware’s innovations in Multi-access Edge Computing, Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) and hybrid cloud technologies
  • Reduce operating expenses through extensive automation and continuous network performance optimization
  • Realize low capital expenditure per subscriber with a dense data center footprint and lower licensing costs

OpenStack TCO Economic Analysis

vCloud NFV OpenStack is cost effective, carrier grade, fast to deploy and lowers TCO by 47%.

vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition Datasheet

Accelerate and Simplify Path to OpenStack for NFV

What vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition Delivers

Simplified Installation and Deployment

CSPs achieve the fastest path to a fully operational OpenStack environment with VMware Integrated OpenStack. As a downloaded virtual application within the vSphere web client, a production-grade OpenStack infrastructure can be deployed in a few simple steps, with all the components required.

Simplified Operations

Benefit from 360-degree visibility, proactive and predictive analytics, issue isolation, root cause analysis and fast remediation capabilities. VMware vRealize Operations Manager, vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Network Insight are fully integrated and provide real-time operations monitoring and analytics from a single pane of glass.

Seamless and Hitless Upgrades

VMware Integrated OpenStack is architected with separation of control plane and data plane. Through hitless upgrades and patch updates in the VMware vCenter maintenance mode, this separation enables network service continuity during maintenance cycles.


Based on OpenStack Distribution

Take advantage of the latest upstream functionality using the most recent OpenStack release.

Integrated Container Orchestration and Management Support

Run container-based virtual network functions in production on top of OpenStack through integrated container management, enabling VM and container-based VNFs to run on a single Virtual Infrastructure Manager.

Integration with NFV Infrastructure

Leverage VMware’s highly available, multitenant vCloud NFV platform, which has been tuned for service provider requirements. With optimized resource management and prioritization of resources based on NFV workloads, vCloud NFV ensures top performance, scalability and high resiliency for your critical network services.

Integrated Operations Management

Realize 360-degree visibility of all components within the deployed service. Gather continuous real-time data on the health, performance and capacity of network resources, along with prioritized alert notifications for closed-loop integration into resource and service orchestration workflows. Reduce operational costs with active workload remediation and northbound integration via OSS/BSS and third-party solutions.

Multitenancy and VNF Resource Reservation

Deliver on infrastructure SLAs and improved capacity planning while securing tenants within your network with resource-level tenant isolation and guaranteed resource availability for each tenant. Every tenant can have one or more dedicated resource pools that provide exclusive compute reservation and are completely isolated from other tenants. This isolation ensures no tenant is adversely impacted by activities of another tenant.

Dynamic Scaling of Network Resources

Respond to real-time network traffic conditions with an elastic service construct that can seamlessly scale up based on usage patterns and ceilometer alarms and triggers. Utilize cloud resources more efficiently with live resizing of running VMs, allowing CPU and memory capacity to be dynamically added based on real-time network traffic conditions.

Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA)

Deliver carrier-grade data-plane performance with low latency. This allows CSPs to maintain superior network performance to deliver a high quality of experience for subscribers while optimizing resource utilization. Optimal network performance for latency-sensitive workloads are achieved through EPA capabilities, including CPU pinning, NUMA placement, Huge Page support and Direct Passthrough SR-IOV support.

Advanced Networking

Support for multiple NIC types gives the VNF vendor the ability to use the correct interface for each communication channel. Direct passthrough/SR-IOV can be used for data plane traffic while a regular NIC device is used for all management and control plane traffic.