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VMware Steps Up NFV Partner Ecosystem with New Products, Certifications

By Steve Anderson June 06, 2016

Recently, VMware rolled out a slew of new points designed to help drive its network functions virtualization (NFV) partner ecosystem. It's brought in a slate of new partners to help drive its operations, with three new certified solutions in the VMware Ready NFV program, and four new partners involved in the wider program to give VMware that much extra force in the field.

The new expansion means that VMware has nine certified solutions from eight vendors, and recently added firms like F5, VeloCloud and Silver Peak to its lineup. F5 brought along its BIG-IP Virtual Edition system, which can be brought out on any VMware vSphere system to provide a range of services from policy enforcement to signaling management and beyond. With VeloCloud came the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN system, a system that allowed for true multi-tenant software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) operations. Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN also allows for virtual network functions (VNF) hosting thanks to the VeloCloud Edge system, a primary component of Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN. Finally, Silver Peak brought in its Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN system, a solution that allows WAN users to improve overall quality in its operations thanks to traffic balancing systems and utilities geared toward improving application performance.

This lineup joins a variety of other solutions geared toward improving cloud-based operations on several fronts, ranging from the Brocade Virtual Evolved Packet Core system to the Metaswitch Networks Cleanwater Core. VMware's vice president of products and solutions at the telco NFV group, Gabriele Di Piazza, commented “Together, VMware and its partners are helping customers transform their businesses with network functions virtualization that helps them lower costs considerably and enables rapid and agile service innovation.”

With NFV and its contemporaries becoming an ever-larger part of operations for a variety of firms ranging from healthcare to commercial operations to even schools, tools like those offered in the VMware lineup will only be more valuable in the end. In order to maintain its ability to compete in the field, VMware has to keep bringing in new material to keep the line fresh and address emerging issues not previously addressed by other releases. With VMware continually and visibly refreshing the product line with new partners, it not only makes its line more vital, but it also expands its own market. Companies who have never dealt with VMware but have dealt with F5 or Silver Peak may well turn to  VMware for other things, using the halo effect from its new partners.

NFV is a rapidly-growing market, and VMware is doing what needs doing to secure its place in that market. We'll likely see more new partners out of this arrangement before it's all over, and VMware may have a bigger place in the field than some would expect. 

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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