What an amazing journey the past two years has been for the Intel Network Builders program. We’ve cemented an ecosystem with over one hundred and seventy companies participating in the program. To put that into context, there weren’t one hundred and seventy companies in existence two years ago who fit the business models we were seeking for Network Builders! With new entrants into the market and ecosystem coalescing around innovation on SDN and NFV, we’ve been delighted with the collaborations that have emerged, not just with Intel but between Intel Network Builders members.
Of course, coalescing an ecosystem is only the beginning of the opportunity that Intel Network Builders has delivered. Our collaborations have led to companies optimizing their products and solutions for the underlying Intel technology and open source and industry standards on which they are built. We’ve also seen new business opportunities stem from industry match making within various proof of concept collaborations and at Intel Network Builders Summits where we’ve hosted over 1300 member representatives in technical training and business discussions. Check out a few podcasts and solution briefs which document a lot of the good optimization work that has taken place in the last two years. Which takes us back to San Francisco and the Intel Developer Forum for our largest Summit to date August 17 at the Westin St Francis.
Intel Network Builders Summit
What can we expect at this Summit? I’m delighted to have Intel vice president and Network Platform Group general manager Sandra Rivera kicking off the Summit with a message about the value of the community we’ve built. Sandra’s speech will be followed by two tracks of content with highlights including a “NFV 2015 – Year of Deployment?” panel moderated by John Healy, General Manager of Intel’s Software Defined Networking Division and other panel discussions and keynotes. We also have a panel focused on Mobile Edge Computing with Dan Rodriguez, General Manager of the Communications Infrastructure Division discussing our efforts with our partners at the edge of the network. We have several Intel technical leaders and executives from key ecosystem partners including ACS, Adlink, Advantech, Alcatel-Lucent, Brocade, Cisco, CSC, Ciena, Ericsson, F5 Networks, GENBAND, HP, iGR, Juniper, Metaswitch, Midokura, Overture Networks, Procera Networks, Red Hat, Rift.io, SpiderCloud, Sprint, Tech Mahindra, Wind River, Wipro, and Verizon participating in our summit. We will cap the Summit off with a member reception held in collaboration with the DPDK Summit attendees offering a rich opportunity for networking across business and technical leaders. Which gets us to…the beginning. That’s right, once our Network Builders Summit comes to a close the real fun starts with the kickoff of the Intel Developer Forum.
Network Builders at IDF
The software engineer in me is excited to see the Intel Network Builders Community in action at IDF. 24 vendors will be demonstrating cutting innovation towards delivery of virtualized network solutions across a number of target use cases from core network to the mobile edge. What use cases will be in action? We expect to see virtual customer premise equipment (vCPE), virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) and end-end orchestration of NFV networks, mobile edge computing and virtual radio access networks (vRAN), and Carrier Grade software and systems.
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