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VMware Steps Up Its VMware Ready Line of NFV Solutions

By Steve Anderson November 03, 2016

With network functions virtualization (NFV) growing in the field, and at a pretty steady clip, new tools for driving NFV functionality are likewise on an upward track. VMware has been at the forefront of this market for a while now, and has brought out some new expansion recently for its VMware Ready for NFV system, and now incorporates fully 22 virtual network functions from 19 separate vendors.

The new expansion brings VMware Ready for NFV to solutions from A10 Networks, ZTE, Fortinet, Riverbed and several others besides. With all these new solutions in place, VMware's lineup gives communications service providers (CSPs) access to a huge slate of new options which allows for ready augmentation of current service portfolios. Plus, it can be done in a fashion that those CSPs can readily stand behind in terms of quality, making sure the end user experience is up to snuff.

Within this list is a host of possibilities that makes the VMware lineup that much more exciting. For instance, its A10 Networks connection has produced the vThunder application delivery controllers (ADC) and carrier grade networking (CGN) product lines, allowing 220 Gbps of throughput in one single appliance for the ADC lineup and a CGN system that allows for both high-transparency and high-capability operations. The Fortinet connection, meanwhile, has yielded the FortiGate-VM system, which means upgraded security measures for both cloud-based and virtualized environments.

Vice president of the VMware telco NFV group, Gabriele Di Piazza, commented, “VMware offers a broad ecosystem of certified NFV partners and we are creating a true marketplace for customers to build new services based on best-in-class virtual network functions. VMware is delivering openness and choice across the NFV technology stack -- NFVI, VIM, VNFs and Orchestration -- and we are extending our coverage across mobile, wirelines, SD-WAN GiLAN and even security.”

It's the sheer versatility of this development that's giving VMware a lot of room to be excited; by interacting with several different companies, it's getting a hand in everything from security to quality of service operations to traffic management. That in turn allows VMware to build up credibility on several different fronts and better offer a broader slate of options. Given the rapid rate of change commonly seen in the tech markets, being versatile is a survival trait. VMware, thanks to moves like this, has demonstrated unequivocally its versatility.

An array of new connections in the field and a lot of new product connections give VMware that little something extra in the market, and make it a force to be reckoned with going forward. There's a lot to like in this new lineup, and chances are, most businesses will find something to work with here. 

Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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