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CloudBand Application Manager

Get a VNFM for OpenStack- and VMware-based virtual machines

Generic VNFM

CloudBand Application Manager (CBAM) is a ready-to-use Generic Virtualized Network Function Manager (G-VNFM). It automates VNF lifecycle management and cloud resource management, and its standards-based APIs make it easy to work with any vendor’s VNF, Element Management System (EMS), Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM), and NFV Orchestrator (NFVO).


CBAM automates lifecycle management by providing an open templating system, managing resources and applying associated workflows. It executes lifecycle management actions more easily and predictably than manual methods.

Designed and delivered as a Generic VNFM (G-VNFM) per applicable parts of ETSI GS NFV-IFA 009, it supports Nokia and third party VNFs. Using OpenStack Heat orchestration templates, VMware Open Virtualization Format templates (OVF), and Mistral workflows, CBAM is open to the broadest range of VNF onboarding options.

It visualizes the structure and status of applications and performs lifecycle management, including basic functions (create, instantiate, scale in/out, terminate, delete, query VNF, and modify VNF) and advanced functions (such as scale up/down, healing, update/patching, upgrades, backup and restore).


Multiple VIMs and VNFs are supported, both OpenStack and VMware, where one instance of CBAM consumes resources from multiple VIMs that have differing capabilities; it also supports multiple VNF types that have differing versions. It is a multi-tenant VNFM, supporting accounts per VNF type. It can be deployed localized to NFVI, localized to VNF, or centralized.


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