On September 4, 2018, VMware closed the acquisition of Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite (SAS) technology. The Dell EMC SAS team has joined VMware’s Telco Network Functions Virtualization Business Unit. VMware is targeting SKU availability in the Q4 timeframe and in the meantime Dell EMC will continue to support VMware with sales transactions.

As customers bridge current services from 4G to 5G, service assurance becomes critical. The Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite provides automated capabilities to operators via accurate root cause analysis management. VMware, a leader in network functions virtualization (NFV) infrastructure, will leverage the Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite to help customers accelerate their virtual network function deployments with end-to-end service assurance once the deal closes.

The Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite team adds a deep bench of talent with engineering expertise and 10+ years of customer relationships. The core Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite offering is already well known to CSPs for its superior troubleshooting capabilities. More than 50 CSPs worldwide, including many Tier 1 operators, leverage Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite capabilities to enable new services for a range of customers, including enterprises, federal and local governments.

Upon the deal closing, VMware plans to invest in growing the capabilities of the platform as a key component in the Telco NFV portfolio and focusing on modernization and intelligent automation. After the deal closes, Dell EMC customers will continue to have access to the Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite’s solutions pursuant to a commercial reseller agreement in place between VMware and Dell EMC.