MWCA: VMware pushes into 5G with Service Assurance Suite

VMware's Service Assurance Suite, newly acquired from Dell EMC, will help 'bridge the gap' between 4G and 5G networks, the company has announced.
Written by Corinne Reichert, Contributor

VMware has announced that it will be integrating its new Service Assurance Suite into its network function virtualisation (NFV) portfolio to assist carriers in launching 5G mobile networks.

"5G deployments will not be possible without virtualisation, service assurance, and a solid multi-cloud strategy," VMware EVP of Strategy and Corporate Development and GM of Telco NFV Group Shekar Ayyar said during Mobile World Congress Americas (MWCA) in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

"With VMware, customers have everything they need to become 5G-ready while still meeting the demands on today's networks and reaping the benefits."

VMware had last month announced its plan to acquire the technology and team of Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite, which includes software across network health, performance monitoring, and root cause analysis for communications service providers (CSPs) and their customers.

According to VMware, its Service Assurance Suite will focus on enabling CSPs to automate functions and reduce costs, including with Network and Service Availability Management, Performance Management and SLA Monitoring, Network Configuration Management, Application and Service Level Monitoring, and Hybrid Assurance.

"The addition of the Service Assurance Suite to the portfolio of VMware telco solution offerings will enable CSPs to maintain operational reliability in their core network, cloud, and IT domains across physical and virtual infrastructure, and operationalise competitive new services faster," Ayyar said.

Ayyar added that the suite will "enable CSPs to bridge the gap from 4G to 5G" across networks including mobile, transport, IP, multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), software-defined networking (SDN), NFV, software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN), IPTV, unified communications, and managed enterprise networks.

During VMworld last month, VMware had also unveiled two elements to its edge and Internet of Things (IoT) play: Project Dimension and Pulse IoT 2.0.

Project Dimension will expand VMware Cloud to deliver software-defined datacentre (SDDC) infrastructure and hardware as a service to customers' on-premises and edge locations; and while Pulse IoT Center has been out for six months, 2.0 extended it to a SaaS offering that can now scale up to a half a billion devices.

During VMworld in August, CEO Pat Gelsinger told ZDNet that VMware is "just getting started".

"Think about where we are -- this year, we'll be about $9 billion in revenue, clearly with momentum we'll be $10 billion and well beyond, lots of growth potential in the company," Gelsinger told ZDNet.

"I feel extremely good about where we are, but we also believe many of these areas we're just getting started. NSX -- wow, think how big we could be in networking; storage, great momentum, but we're just getting started; multi-cloud; management; networking -- just getting started in those areas."

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