VMware and AWS target 5G and edge computing solutions to service providers

VMware and AWS target 5G and edge computing solutions to service providers

VMware and AWS have extended collaborative efforts that were focusing on enterprise customers to now cover service provider networks through joint 5G and edge computing solutions.

The companies said the integration of the VMware Telco Cloud platform with AWS public cloud resources reduces the setup cost and improves flexibility for migrating telco and IT workloads to public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).

Several service providers are wanting to shift to public clouds as a part of their existing network architecture and migration has always been a challenging problem. VMware Cloud on AWS will provide flexibility to bring workloads from the public cloud back to on-premise telco clouds if necessary.

Futuristic implementations like autonomous driving and drone-to-door delivery require low latency to transfer a large amount of data. To avoid unnecessary hops to a centralized location for processing, the AWS Wavelength service incorporates AWS infrastructure and services within the service providers’ networks that can connect mobile devices and application servers in milliseconds.

On the other hand, VMware SD-WAN creates highly efficient and secure links between edge devices to virtual VMware SD-WAN edge appliances that are within an enterprise network. They eliminate data center backhaul penalties with a cloud-like network that provides an optimized direct path to public and private enterprise clouds. VMware also claims its SD-WAN offering enables seamless insertion and chaining of virtualized services on-premises and in the cloud.

The integration of AWS Wavelength and VMware SD-WAN was showcased at VMware’s stand at the 2022 Mobile World Congress. A demo showcased how a service provider might deliver the Odience live streaming platform leveraging Wavelength and SD-WAN as part of their network underlay, according to VMware.

VMware anticipates some potential consumer use cases with the integration of SD-WAN and 5G, as they “imagine SD-WAN eventually living on consumer handsets.” The benefit of the combination of SD-WAN and 5G is the increased flexibility as an API allows sharing of provisioning, monitoring, and troubleshooting data between the 5G network and the SD-WAN.

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