Metaswitch announced a reference architecture that integrates its IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) solution with VMware vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition 3.0, for fully automated, sub-10-minute deployments within granular 5G core network slices.
Providing the ability to overlay multiple, isolated, logical networks with totally disparate characteristics on a single, shared, physical network, network slicing is a critical feature of 5G mobile networks, said Metaswitch.
Metaswitch delivers the only 100 percent cloud native IMS core Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) built on a pure service-based microservices architecture and designed to support small to high-scale mobile multimedia communications services from private, public and hybrid cloud implementations. Featuring deep integration with VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) and Cloudify’s cloud orchestration platform, Metaswitch delivers the only fully-automated, federated VoLTE offering built for dynamic, multi-access edge computing deployments with complete control and user plane separation.
Network automation will become increasingly critical as complete, end-to-end, inter-operator, overlay networks are spun up to meet the distinct demands of individual applications and end users. By eradicating manual planning and configuration steps, automation dramatically speeds deployments, eliminates configuration errors, increases service resiliency and enables far better utilization of the underlying infrastructure.
Employing an open source, TOSCA-based orchestration framework to automate the workload on the platform, Metaswitch said it can dramatically accelerate a service provider’s return on investment when deploying granular IMS network slices.