VMware, Red Hat Top 5G Cloud-Native Platform Competition
March 7, 2022
A new Competitive Assessment by ABI Research provides an in-depth and objective evaluation of the telco cloud platforms offered by eleven 5G Telco Cloud-Native Platform players. 5G is slated to enable new business applications and a faster time to market to deploy services for Communication Service Providers (CSPs).
Underpinning this would be cloud-native platforms that will make use of Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) pipelines, service meshes, Kubernetes-based container technology, and other cloud-native tools to host new applications including Containerized Network Functions (CNFs) and the new 5G Service-Based Architecture (SBA) Core.
Platform providers in this market are diverse and include incumbent
Network Equipment Vendors (NEVs) who have traditionally sold end-to-end
network infrastructure solutions with their platforms included in the
software stack, as well as cloud computing platform providers who have
recently entered the telecom space through the introduction of LTE and
5G networks. While incumbent NEVs make up a majority of the market share
in providing telco cloud platforms which host their network functions,
cloud computing platform providers are gaining in popularity among CSPs
as telecom networks become more digitized, cloud native, and open.
Bipin Shah, CEO of Kovair Software added, "Kovair can play its role in helping these providers with our capabilities in edge computing with Kovair DevSecOps and orchestrating the required integrations at the edge. With Kovair Omnibus integrations with Industry4.0 applications helps integrate several applications including financial and other client services. So, Kovair welcomes these developments and looks forward to participating and partnering with these providers."
VMware and Red Hat are assessed as leaders in the market, with VMware coming out on top due to their strong multi-vendor Network Function (NF) partnership program supporting more than 220 NFs. Red Hat follows closely behind with their Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and hybrid cloud and multi-cloud capabilities. Both providers are also top innovators, with VMware offering a variety of telco-specific features, including RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC), SD-WAN, and orchestrators, while Red Hat offers auto-scaling of clusters and zero-touch provisioning through solutions such as Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, and Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM).
Sharma, CTO of Kovair Software added, "At Kovair, we agree
with the ABI findings that a need exists tying 5G Edge Computing, with
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and Platforms like VMware, RedHat
Openshift, with internally developed applications, and Industrial
Applications, which only Kovair allows for. Kovair uniquely enables
Enterprises to add Secure APIs, with Role-based Controls as a way to
monetize their back-office systems for B2B applications, in turn helping
IT transform from a Cost Center to a Value Center. Kovair’s VSMP: Value
Stream Management Platform is unique in the Industry with support for
RedHat, VMware, and End-2-End PLM capabilities additionally."