What VMware Telco Cloud Automation Does

Accelerate Time to Market

Accelerate network service time-to-market with a simplified vendor-neutral and standard-compliant approach for designing and onboarding network functions or services. Leverage a catalog of TOSCA templates, acquire new ones from certified partners or simply build your own with an easy-to-use visual composer. Onboard and instantiate VNF and CNF seamlessly across tenants and clouds through pre-built integrations with multiple Virtual Infrastructure Managers (VIM) and Kubernetes.

Unify Orchestration

Onboard and orchestrate workloads seamlessly from VM and container-based infrastructures for adaptive service-delivery foundation. Distribute workloads from the core to the edge and from private to public clouds for true modern network unified orchestration.

Enable Cloud-Native

Transition to cloud-native architecture seamlessly with Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) automation. Simplify the registration and creation of new Kubernetes clusters directly from Telco Cloud Automation. Optimize Kubernetes clusters during configuration and instantiation phases to fit network function resources and operational requirements. Operate and manage in a centralized system all active clusters across the registered clouds.

Streamline Orchestration

Faster time-to-orchestrate with native integration to VMware cloud technologies. Provide unique multi-VIM/Kubernetes, hybrid and multi-cloud capabilities enabling highly efficient workload placements, portability, and constant synchronization while enabling optimal use of the various VIM/Kubernetes APIs and abstracting their complexity. Transform an integration-intensive project into an efficient product deployment.

Automate Operations

Embed multi-cloud and cloud-native agility to your operational processes with end-to-end lifecycle management automation capabilities from infrastructure up to network services. Define and apply policies using a comprehensive decisioning engine to automate day 0 to day 2 operations. Enable leaner operational processes, remove the complex and error-prone human activities while optimizing overall resource utilization through container management, dynamic scaling, workload portability, and closed-loop healing, all within a distributed data center ecosystem.

Automate Telco Cloud Expansion

Build new network core and edge sites with multi-layer automation - from infrastructure up to network services. Reduce the complexity and deployment time for expanding the capacity into existing network locations or build new telco cloud sites through deployment templates, Zero-Touch-Provisioning (ZTP), and CaaS automation.

Enhance Experiences

Deliver a higher level of customer experience with adaptable and resilient services. Combine real-time decisioning capabilities with holistic Telco Cloud awareness for optimal closed-loop actions, improving quality of service. Automate the distribution of network functions and service workloads across distributed data centers and availability zones for optimal resiliency.

Simplify Interoperability

Built as a modular and model-driven solution, G-VNFM and NFV Orchestration (NFVO) components can integrate with SOL-compliant ETSI MANO architecture. The VMware® Ready for Telco Cloud program enhances interoperability by providing xNF certifications for both VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure and Automation, ensuring consistent end-to-end solution operations and management.

ACG Research: Economics Benefits of the VMware Telco Cloud Automation and Horizonal Infrastructure 


Research conducted by ACG highlights several key benefits of VMware Telco Cloud Automation with horizonal infrastructure:

  • 344% ROI and 23% reduction in TCO over five years
  • Faster service creation and faster time to market
  • OPEX savings of 38%
  • Unified orchestration and automation

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Telco Cloud Automation

VMware Telco Cloud Automation applies a cloud-first, vendor-neutral approach to telco network orchestration and automation. It eases interoperability and simplifies the translation of telco requirements to a rapidly evolving multi-cloud ecosystem.


VMware Telco Cloud Automation

Orchestrate and automate the management of any network function and service across any network and any cloud.

Analysys Mason Brief

VMware Telco Cloud Automation: NFV orchestration for multi-cloud, virtual machine and Kubernetes environments.


Read the VMware Telco Cloud Automation datasheet, which details current product version capabilities.

Blog: Updates Telco Cloud Automation

Read our latest blog describing what’s new in Telco Cloud Automation 1.7.


Hybrid & 5G Turnkey Architecture

Packaged NFVO, Generic VNF Manager (G-VNFM) CaaS, and Multi-Cloud Management capabilities with pre-built integrations to VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure.

Multi-VIM and Kubernetes Cluster Management

Ease registration with multi-VIM and Kubernetes cluster auto-discovery plus continuous synchronization from infrastructure to orchestration.

Intent-Based Placement

Optimize workload placement with automated recommendations to align network function requirements and cloud capabilities.

Container-as-a-Service Automation (CaaS)

Register existing or create new Kubernetes clusters using Telco Cloud Automation plus automatically align cluster configurations based on network function requirements.

Simplified Onboarding

Accelerate lengthy network function and service onboarding cycles by integrating descriptor templates leveraging open standards.

Powerful Visual Composer

Create unique multi-vendor network service or xNF descriptors through an intuitive visual composer interface.

Standard-Based Interoperability

ETSI MANO and CNCF compliant architecture leveraging open SOL and Kubernetes standard interfaces for vendor-neutral interoperability.

Multi/Hybrid-Cloud Placements

Support complex xNF/NS instance deployments and management use cases spanning multiple technologies from core to edge and private to public clouds.

Unified Network Function Management

Seamlessly manage physical, virtual and cloud-native network functions.

Zero-Touch-Provisioning (ZTP)

Automate the provisioning of new sites from Telco Cloud Infrastructure up to network functions and services.

Programmable Automation

Tailor auto-operations behavior by establishing simple to elaborate rules for closed-loop policies across network function and service lifecycles.

End-to-End Visibility

Centralize xNF/EMS and VIM/CaaS/NFVi fault and performance management (FM/PM) for enriched policies, workflows and assurance.


VMware Telco Cloud Automation

What is the difference between Project Maestro and VMware Telco Cloud Automation?

VMware Telco Cloud Automation is the next product evolution of Project Maestro.

What is VMware Telco Cloud Automation?

VMware Telco Cloud Automation is a solution that accelerates time to market for network functions and services while igniting operational agility through unified automation—across any network and any cloud.

What is a cloud-first approach?

Most vendors in the MANO market come from network functions (NEP) or OSS/BSS that typically propose a top-down or blueprint-first approach to orchestration. These approaches do not consider the complexity and the ultra-rapid evolution of cloud technologies, which can create continuous integration challenges or deficient onboarding / management processes. VMware’s cloud-first approach removes the cloud-related complexity for consistent operations across every layer of the MANO framework. This novel method maximizes NFVi resource utilization and enables seamless VNF/network services and synchronized operation on any multi-VIM or container-based infrastructure.

What are the MANO capabilities delivered by VMware Telco Cloud Automation?

VMware Telco Cloud Automation offers Generic VNF Manager (G-VNFM) and NFV/Cloud domain orchestration capabilities. See datasheet for supported interfaces.

What’s the difference between VMware Telco Cloud Automation and a Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM)?

VMware Telco Cloud Automation focuses on the design, onboarding and management of the application or service while VIM manages the underlying infrastructure layer. The solution decouples the application from the infrastructure while providing the ability to design/onboard/manage complex network services over multiple VIM/sites/tenants.

What type of network function can be orchestrated and automated?

VMware Telco Cloud Automation supports orchestration and automation of network functions in any format (physical, virtual and cloud-native) and from any vendor (compliant to SOL001/004).

What type of network services can be orchestrated and automated?

There is no limit to the type of network services supported by VMware Telco Cloud Automation, but the most common services include Mobile Core (LTE/5G), Multimedia Advanced Services, MPN, VoLTE, VoWIFI, SD-WAN/uCPE, Private LTE, vRAN, etc. 

Is VMware Telco Cloud Automation a multi-domain orchestrator?

Yes, VMware Telco Cloud Automation offers NFV and cloud domain orchestration (virtual domains). This solution does not orchestrate physical domains such as transport or non-virtualized RAN domains. These domains typically have their own orchestration platform for integrated end-to-end service orchestration.

What type of automation can the solution perform?

VMware Telco Cloud Automation supports both human and system-triggered automated workflows and policies for network functions and services. The standard automation capabilities for network functions and services include instantiation (placement on the cloud), scaling, healing, rollback, upgrade/update and termination. Users can also define interfaces for custom workflows or revise standard-based workflows.

Can we do network slicing (as a service) with VMware Telco Cloud Automation?

VMware Telco Cloud Automation is not an end-to-end service orchestrator. However, it is an essential component of network slice orchestration because it manages service requirements for NFV/cloud/application domains. It interacts with the end-to-end service orchestrator through SOL005/TMF standard interfaces (to execute NFV/cloud requirements).

Is VMware Telco Cloud Automation an on-premises or SaaS product?

VMware Telco Cloud Automation is deployed on-premises.

Why using Telco Cloud Automation and Kubernetes (K8s) for CNF?

Telco Cloud Automation provides a singular approach to extend Kubernetes and match CSPs cloud-native requirements. These capabilities include Kubernetes cluster management/automation based on templates, CNF descriptor/package design, CNF deployment, LCM automation, and NFV- Orchestration to manage xNF hybrid environment.

What’s Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) Automation?

The CaaS Automation capabilities allow Telco Cloud Automation users to centrally create and manage Kubernetes clusters (worker/management) based on templates across the telco cloud. CaaS Management also enables Telco Cloud Automation to optimize the Kubernetes clusters configurations to match the network function properties during the instantiation and LCM phases.  



Ready for Telco Cloud Partner Program

VMware actively cooperates with multiple network function vendors including all key NEPs, having them certify in the VMware Ready for Telco Cloud program. This is a comprehensive certification program that ensures interoperability and operational readiness between third-party-developed network functions and the ETSI-compliant VMware Telco Cloud platform. The program helps ensure that CSPs can rapidly onboard and deploy multi-vendor network functions with the VMware Telco Cloud platform. VMware Telco Cloud Automation leverages this program to certify interoperability with network function vendors, offering a neutral and pre-tested end-to-end MANO solution.

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