Who could have imagined that the network transformation towards best-of-breed solutions would have taken off as fast as it has? It was just three short years ago when we got together at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) and pondered what network transformation would bring, starting with Network Function Virtualization (NFV). We launched the Intel® Network Builders program at the time, and now there are more than 200 members and counting.
Fast forward to today, and a quarter of survey respondents are in full NFV deployment or a testing/proof-of-concept phase while 60 percent are actively exploring NFV with 33 percent having NFV strategies in place, according to 200 telco and service provider professionals surveyed by Heavy Reading.1
5G and More Analytics on the Horizon
5G will transform the way we interact with our world, and “The Road to 5G” track at IDF covers how this will happen. We have all seen how decoupling hardware and software provides the agility to put the cloud anywhere in the network. The road to 5G is being laid today on the foundation of flexible, multi-function architecture, supporting the 5G quest to provide lower latency and more bandwidth, spawning new service and revenue opportunities.
Here are my top six highlights of IDF 2016 that will give networking enthusiasts a peek into the future:
1. Intel Builders Community: If you want to find out where the industry is heading, come see the latest next-generation Software Defined Networking (SDN)/NFV solutions, mobile edge computing platforms, and carrier-grade technologies and solutions. Intel Network Builders participating in the Community include the following:
- ADLINK offers a mobile edge computing solution for NFV network applications and hyper-converged servers based on an ultra-scalable platform.
- Canonical expands the possibilities of data center networking with OpenStack*, and various network and IoT devices running on Ubuntu* OS.
- Dorado lets communication service providers manage end-to-end network services across a hybrid of virtual and physical networks.
- HPE NFV Director* handles the abstractions and complexities introduced by virtualization and allocates global resources using enhanced platform awareness (EPA).
- Midokura shows how a customer, Cerner, moved to an OpenStack-based, virtual security solution without reducing its security posture.
- Nokia AirFrame* Data Center solution enables network operations personnel to quickly understand the state of their entire NFVi across multiple data centers.
- Radisys showcases a truly open, software-defined services delivery infrastructure with DCEngine*, providing NFVi to facilitate service provider DevOps network capabilities.
- Red Hat presents a cloud-ready, NFVi platform with Red Hat OpenStack that improves virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) performance using EPA.
2. 5G: A Transformative Force across Industries – Business Insights Session: The discussion will focus on:
- The heterogeneous nature of 5G being ideal for almost any application and device.
- 5G opening up new avenues for conducting business and optimizing performance.
- Evolving 5G technologies enabling 5G from core and access networks through to end devices.
This is a must see for those wanting to learn more about new 5G opportunities, so I hope to see you there on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM. If you can’t make it, catch my tweets @comp_lynn.
Speakers: Sandra Rivera, Vice President, Data Center Group, and General Manager, Network Platforms Group, and Asha Keddy Vice President, Intel Platform Engineering Group General Manager, Next Generation and Standards.
3. Networking Technical Sessions: All of the sessions I’ve highlighted below will give you an opportunity to learn from Intel technology experts and discuss some of the hottest technologies impacting software defined infrastructure and data center networking.
- State of the Stack: What to Expect of OpenStack, Compute, Network, and Storage (CLDTS02)
- Cryptography and Compression Acceleration for NFV, Cloud, and Hyper-Converged Solutions (CLDTS04)
- Intel Technology to Power the 5G Network: An Architecture Deep Dive (R5GTS05)
- 5G Trials: Virtual RAN & Mobile Edge Computing (R5GTS04)
- Scalable 5G Massive MIMO Design with Intel® Xeon® Platforms (R5GTS03)
- Intel® Open Network Platform and Enhanced Platform Awareness (CLDTC04)
- Software Patch Panel in Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) (CLDTC01)
- Open Security Controller – Security Orchestration for a Software Defined Data Center (CLDTC03)
4. Analytics Technical Session Tracks: Before communication services providers launch new 5G-based services, they’ll be analyzing vast amounts of data quickly to derive new insights about customer demand. Gain a better understanding of what’s involved by getting up to speed on the latest technologies and open source frameworks for advanced and distributed analytics. Find all of the Analytics sessions in the IDF session catalog here.
5. Intel Pavilion and Road to 5G Pavilion: While you’re there, I encourage you to see what is driving the future of mobile networking and get an early glimpse into tomorrow’s mobile network technologies.
Intel Pavilion Demos
- Measuring network performance, Intel and Comcast implement a TCP SpeedTest in the cloud for use in NFVi.
- Increasing financial transaction determinism: A demonstration of Intel® Resource Director Technology (Intel® RDT) on select Intel® Xeon processors.
Road to 5G Pavilion Demos
- Increasing mobile network agility: NEC Virtual RAN (vRAN)
- Allowing for fair coexistence of LTE operation: LTE-licensed assisted access with LBT
6. Data Center Experience Zone: The Data Center Group will host four interactive experiences showcasing date center innovation, some of which could be on a 5G mobile phone in the near future. See amazing 360° virtual reality (VR) live streams from the Blue Note jazz club, and experience how the FreeD* video format will allow service providers to greatly enhance the viewing of live sporting events.
This is also the time to win big bucks from your knowledge of OpenStack and SDN architecture. Compete in five data center-related challenges based on Intel technologies over the course of IDF for the chance to win prizes, including a grand prize package totaling up to $10,000 in value.
There you go – six networking “nodes” to make sure you fit into your IDF 2016 agenda. I look forward to seeing you there. Follow the action @IntelNetwork. Enjoy!
1 “Survey Reveals 93 Percent of Network Operators View OPNFV as Important to Success of NFV,” Heavy Reading survey results reported by opnfv.org, June 22, 2016, https://www.opnfv.org/news-faq/press-release/2016/06/survey-reveals-93-percent-network-operators-view-opnfv-important.
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