#VMworld EU 2017 VIO-CE Announcement

VMware has announced VMware Integrated OpenStack – Carrier Edition (VIO-CE) as part of their Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) Platform.

What is NFV? These are virtualised Carrier/SP services that have historically run on dedicated, proprietary hardware in the field. A great example is an LTE Base-station controller or an MPLS Provider Edge router, where rather than buying the dedicated hardware appliance from the vendor, you buy the licence for the Virtual Appliance (NFV certified for use with vSphere) and deploy it in a vSphere cluster instead; which is much more efficient when you combine multiple NFV services in the same vSphere cluster.

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VMware Skyline

VMware Skyline was announced at VMworld US 2017, however it did not get much press. I was listening to the VMware Communities Roundtable podcast from this week, where Skyline was the subject. I was impressed with the vision of Skyline to be a pro-active and predictive support platform for VMware customers.

What caught my attention, was the intention to leverage analytics and a VVD rules engine to notify customers if they are straying from the flock from a configuration and design perspective. Skyline is deployed as a virtual appliance (Skyline Collector) which securely feeds information and logs back to the VMware mothership.

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