Monday, 23 January 2017

Winners Story: Innovation Award - Vendor #WCA2016

VMware / World Communication Awards 2016
Wednesday 21 December 16

VMware were one of the successful winners of the 2016 World Communication Awards, taking the trophy for the Innovation Award - Vendor for their vCloud NFV Platform. We asked what made them a winner and what it meant to them.   TT: Please tell us in your own words why you think VMware won the Innovation Award VMW: From the judges comments, it is clear that the progress made by VMware customers, going beyond proof of concepts to real-world NFV service deployments, was influential and a major indicator of the strength and maturity of the VMware vCloud NFV solution.   TT…

VMware were one of the successful winners of the 2016 World Communication Awards, taking the trophy for the Innovation Award - Vendor for their vCloud NFV Platform. We asked what made them a winner and what it meant to them.

 
TT: Please tell us in your own words why you think VMware won the Innovation Award
VMW: From the judges comments, it is clear that the progress made by VMware customers, going beyond proof of concepts to real-world NFV service deployments, was influential and a major indicator of the strength and maturity of the VMware vCloud NFV solution.
 
TT: How does VMware’s NFV offering differ from your competitors
VMW: By leveraging over 15 years of virtualisation and cloud services experience, VMware vCloud NFV brings a level operational maturity that is unmatched in the industry. Together with the true openness of the platform ‘above and below’, a modular approach to deployment, and a readily available pool of skilled VMware architects and administrators, the VMware NFV solution enables operators to deploy a virtualised service delivery platform rapidly and with minimal risk. The ability to accommodate a container strategy and microservices architecture further future-proofs the platform and minimises commercial and technological risk.
 
TT: What are the biggest challenges that VMware faces?
VMW: As a new entrant to the network infrastructure use case within the overall operator business, VMware recognizes the need to invest incrementally to ensure our products and services are best aligned to the needs of this highly specialised market. By appointing NFV and telecommunications experts in key roles, VMware is addressing all aspects of serving the communication service provider market; spanning product development, design consultancy and support services. In addition, VMware is looking beyond NFV use cases to ensure that the operator’s business transformation goals can be met with a common infrastructure supporting network, cloud and internal IT workloads.
 
TT: What are the biggest opportunities open to VMware?
VMW: As we move rapidly to a fully digital world, VMware is well positioned with both enterprise and service provider customers through its cross cloud strategy, delivering a common operating environment across public and private clouds. 
 
VMware’s Cross-Cloud Architecture offers customers cloud freedom and control. The architecture extends VMware’s hybrid cloud strategy with new public and private cloud capabilities that enable customers to run, manage, connect, and secure their applications across clouds and devices in a common operating environment.
 
VMware is in a unique position to support communication service providers as they continue to transform all aspects of their business.
 
TT: What do you think will be the big telecoms trend in 2017?
VMW: For organizations worldwide, working across clouds has become one of their greatest challenges. Managing and securing applications across multiple clouds leads to problems with identity and access management, data security, and workload visibility. 
 
Customers will continue to need to innovate with new business models that leverage a cross-cloud capability in addition to driving virtualization solutions across more of their technology platforms. In the case of the communications service provider, 2017 will see an acceleration of virtualized service deployments supporting SD-WAN and mobile core applications with increasing integration of the management and operations functions, with a mid term objective of OSS and BSS integration across a virtual and physical infrastructure.
 
TT: Why did you choose to enter the WCA, what does winning mean to your organisation?
VMW: The WCA is an ideal opportunity to build awareness within, what is for VMware, a new market segment. Having achieved some great progress with service provider customers world wide, it is important for VMware to be seen on the main stage with the leaders of the telecoms industry and to demonstrate our joint achievements. The WCA provides that main stage.  
 
To find out more visit: www.vmware.com/go/nfv
 
BACKGROUND
The Innovation Award (Vendor) was one of the most fiercly contested categories at the 2016 World Communication Awards. No less than 6 companies made the shortlist, including AsiaInfo, Huawei, Mahindra Comviva, Ruckus Wireless and Syniverse. The award was sponsored by PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT. Find out more about the WCA at www.worldcommsawards.com 
 
 
 
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