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What You Should Know About VMware's Project Maestro
In early November, at VMworld 2019 Europe, VMware announced its Project Maestro telco cloud orchestrator and VNF Self Certification program. Project Maestro is an automation engine made to help providers launch their services faster in multi-cloud environments. Due to the era of 5G fast approaching and cloud computing becoming a much more popular option in recent years, Project Maestro aims to fill the gaps in many people's time and expertise, streamlining the process of creation.

VMware VP of products and services Gabriele di Piazza said, "This will accelerate multi-cloud operational agility, help carriers launch new services faster and fundamentally simplify deployments of virtual network functions and network services." While the preview has already come out publicly, Project Maestro won't launch in full until early 2020.

Project Maestro's Details

The design engine is game-changing, mostly because of that automation aspect. Services providers can define and apply policies automatically for "day 0" to more complex "day 2" operations. Project Maestro will also onboard and orchestrate workloads from the virtual world to distribute from the core to the edge, from private to public clouds for "true" unification. The orchestration of this whole process is how Project Maestro gets its name.

According to di Piazza, automation hasn't developed widely and has seen "a lot of starts and stops." That's why VMWare created Project Maestro as a model-driven answer. Generic VNF managers integrate any SOL-compliant architecture, but VMware seeks to expand this idea. With the self-certification process, they'll handle infrastructure and orchestration under one banner.

Self-Certification Program

VMware announced more than just Project Maestro. They also launched an extension to their virtual network function (VNF) certification program, called VMware Ready for NFV. VMware's Ready for NFV allows the testing of third-party VNFs with the VMware vCloud NFV platform. The updated has self-certification options, allowing VNF vendors to automate the certification process and testing within the cloud.

Di Piazza added, "The whole program is something that we can actually provide to a partner if they would like to certify. We provide them a tool kit and they can run all the automated tests and basically, we are just checking and evaluating their results. We are really trying to ease as much as possible the ability to onboard additional services and additional applications."


VMware considers its chief competitors to be equipment vendors selling the single vertical stacks of hardware and software for NFV. They haven't named names, but notable vendors of that sort include Nokia, Huawei and Ericsson, all of which have NFV lines of their own. Other potential competitors are the system integrators that seek to lock telecom companies into multi-year projects and binding situations. VMware will also have to keep an eye on other multi-cloud platforms and service providers.

VMware's best foot forward is its cloud-native software with open, standardized APIs that work with at least 120 different VNFs. That much wiggle room allows its users to have as much flexibility and freedom as possible without contractual obligations. Despite being open, flexibility provides security for users and their cloud innovations.

Waiting for Launch

As said, Project Maestro is looking to launch in full by early 2020. As of early November, however, VMware has released a technology preview for users to check out. While we wait for 2020, the rest of the world will watch on with bated breath as the dawn of 5G draws ever closer and other companies release their cloud-based, 5G-compatible innovations for use in our world of tomorrow.


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Published Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:37 AM by David Marshall
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