The Role of Virtualization in a Cloud-Native World

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By Kangrui Ling | 3Q 2021 | IN-6221


Expect Containers on VMs in the Short to Medium Term


As Communication Service Providers (CSPs) progress towards deploying a cloud-native telco environment, there is an increased pressure for modular, multi-vendor deployments to avoid vendor lock-in and increase innovation. As such, Network Equipment Vendors (NEVs) such as Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei, and ZTE are innovating and partnering with telco platform providers such as Red Hat and VMware as well as cloud service providers such as AWS to develop integrated solutions.

In this arrangement, CSPs would build their telco cloud on a horizontal platform (e.g., Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (OCP), VMware Telco Cloud Platform (TCP), etc.) with network functions, software, services, public cloud, and hardware provided by multiple vendors. At the core of these cloud-native solutions for CSPs is Kubernetes, the de facto open-source container orchestration system for telcos, which is deployed usually as a Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) (e.g., Ericsson’s Cloud Container Distribution, Google Kubernetes Engine, etc.) or bundled as a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Ca…

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