VMware Renames Project Maestro as Telco Automation Cloud

By Telecom Tech Outlook | Wednesday, March 04, 2020

The Telco Automation Cloud of VMware is a 'cloud-down' approach to model, orchestrate, and manage cloud network functions (CNFs), virtual network functions (VNFs), and cloud services

Fremont, CA: VMware made its 'cloud-first' orchestration solution publicly available for its service providers. It also announced a new name for the product. Initially, VMware named the project as Project Maestro at the VMworld 2019 Europe event but has now renamed it to the Telco Automation Cloud brand.

The Telco Automation Cloud of VMware is a 'cloud-down' approach to model, orchestrate, and manage cloud network functions (CNFs), virtual network functions (VNFs), and cloud services. Telco Automation Cloud, as a part of VMware's Ready for NFV program, is making network functions virtualization (NFV) and VNFs more convenient by taking a cloud-first approach to reduce multi-cloud complexities.

The advent of edge computing and wider rollouts of 5G has led the telco cloud architectures to unify IT and network environments. It enables their connection to various private, public, and edge clouds. To affect this process, the orchestration of the cloud is required. VMware says that the challenge to contain operational costs will become quite difficult with the evolvement of the cloud and network containers.

The Telco Cloud Automation is built as a modular, model-driven platform. The generic NFV orchestrator and VNF Manager components can integrate any SOL compliant ETSI MANO architecture. Through the cloud partnerships with Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft Azure, it connects underlying technologies, such as vCloud Director, OpenStack, VMware's vSphere, and Kubernetes.

"Everyone is trying to figure how to orchestrate NFV and VNFs," said Lee Doyle, principal analyst at Doyle Research. "The standards haven't matured to the point that's easy, that it becomes an ecosystem. In addition to VMware, there are tons of other companies, such as Red Hat, trying to solve this. Red Hat. It's a compatibility issue, but it's getting better."

On the first announcement of Project Maestro, Tom Nolle, president of CIMI Corp., questioned how much more it had to offer the NFV ecosystem other than onboarding of VNFs.

"The question, which the release doesn't answer, is exactly how much more the VMware NFV ecosystem will offer. If it's only a little, then this is just a platform to reduce onboarding issues," Noelle said last year. "If it's a lot, it could be a big asset in transitioning operators to hosted features."

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