This lab environment is designed to provide users with the ability to explore the features and functionality of operating VMware vCloud NFV 3.3 OpenStack Edition under a Dell-based hardware stack. Users can build, test and validate Virtual Network Functions (VNF) on a complete VMware Reference Architecture built for telcos and other VNF customers in mind.
In the Advanced Technology Center (ATC), Dell VxRail hardware automates the initial stand up and management of VMware ESXi, vCenter and Log Insight in addition to hardware firmware management. Once the management cluster for NFV is deployed, VMware Cloud Foundation's Cloud Builder was utilized to complete the installation of VCF on VxRail to finalize the management domain and makes additional vRealize and Pivotal components available for an automated installation. Once the management domain is created, additional workload domains were auto-deployed to service NSX-T edge functions, and the resource domain for end-user apps and VNFs.
Now that VCF has installed and automated the majority of the vCloud NFV 3.3 components, the remainder is deploying VMware Integrated OpenStack. As a simple virtual appliance, one OVA and a few clicks away, NFV is fully functioning with VIO on ESXi to offer OpenStack solutions like Nova, Neutron, Glance, Keystone, Cinder and HEAT from OpenStack STEIN release. By using VIO, we can create a multi-tenant solution based on OpenStack projects, nova clusters, and attach it to VMware NSX-T for software-defined networking and security.
After the release of VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0 in vCloud NFV 3.3, the solution now offers integration with Essentials PKS, as well as support for integration with Kubernetes (K8S) through the Kubernetes Community OpenStack Cloud Provider.