Intel® Network Builders Newsletter
    APRIL 2016
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What's New?

What's New?

Intel Cloud Day 2016

On March 31, Intel delivered its first Cloud Day. Gathering hundreds of attendees, the event delivered a strong agenda complete with the launch of Intel's new Xeon processor E5 v4 family, a series of industry collaboration announcements, and powerful customer testimonials.

Intel's commitment to drive solution innovation through tight collaboration with ecosystem partners across all segments of the data center remains clear, and it was highlighted at the event with the launches of two new programs: Intel® Cloud Builders and Intel® Storage Builders.

Joining Intel® Network Builders under the broader umbrella of the Intel® Builders, both cloud and storage ecosystem programs will aim to deliver the same level of partner engagement, solution optimizations and testing, and co-marketing opportunities that Intel® Network Builders has delivered for the past few years.

Cloud Day 2016 also marked an opportunity for the Intel® Network Builders ecosystem to meet for an afternoon of technical sessions covering key topics such as Open Security Controller, Intel® Open Network Platform (Intel ONP) for enterprise, and Intel ingredients related to NFV/SDN for enterprise cloud. Technical presentations and pictures of the event are now available on the member portal.

Make sure to visit the Social Hub for more event coverage, blogs, and podcasts from our partners.

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Welcome Our New Ecosystem Partners

With more than 195 ecosystem partners, the Intel® Network Builders program continues to grow! We welcome new partners AAEON, Axiomtek, CloudGenix Inc., Global Edge Software Ltd., IBM, and Sumavision Technologies Co. Ltd.*

To see all our ecosystem members, visit the Ecosystem Partners page and the End User Members page on our website.

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Intel® Network Builders University Offers New Open vSwitch* Program

The Intel® Network Builders University launched February 24, 2016, with 17 available classes covering industry hot topics related to network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN). The library of content continues to grow as our experts tackle new topics relevant to communications service providers and Intel Network Builders partners alike. You can access the training by visiting the Intel Network Builders University page and creating a free login. If you are already a member, just sign in using your Intel Network Builders account credentials.

This month we are releasing a new training program in which our experts discuss the use of virtual switching as an alternative to traditional hardware options. In these three courses, we explore Open vSwitch (OVS), a multilayer virtual switch option licensed under Apache 2.0, and its integration with Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK). The three courses in the program include:

Our team is busy working on the next content release, so check the University page spotlight for new classes and material.

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Videos: Industry Leaders Discuss the Future of the Network

In these videos from Mobile World Congress 2016, industry leaders discuss the future of the network, including the impact of network functions virtualization, the importance of open source technologies, and the drive to 5G.

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Cloud Day Podcasts

Intel® Chip Chat: Network Insights Podcast released several new episodes discussing enterprise networking topics in conjunction with the Cloud Day event on March 31. Hear from our members about the current industry opportunities including network transformation, software defined infrastructure (SDI), and ecosystem collaboration at Social Hub.

 

Technical Spotlight

Technical Spotlight

NASDAQ* Transforms Its Network with NFV | Download PDF

Along with many enterprises that are transforming network infrastructures, Nasdaq* faces a number of challenges in moving the organization's IT operations to the cloud. However, through Nasdaq's affiliation with Intel® Network Builders, the company is successfully meeting these new architectural challenges and implementing a new set of operational behaviors suitable to a large-scale financial institution. The result of the engagement described in this white paper successfully brought NFV solutions into use on an infrastructure built on Intel architecture-based hardware, replacing traditional network hardware components with virtual appliances.

End-to-End Service Instantiation Using Open-Source Management and Orchestration Components | Download PDF

The Open Source MANO (OSM) project demonstration described in this paper showcases the feasibility of a significant and complex operator use-case deployment. Starting with selected seed code contributions and using commercial virtualized network functions (VNFs), it proves the key guiding architectural tenets of OSM. The power of the information-model-driven architecture enabled five diverse contributors to deliver complete functionality for the following features: End-to-End automation, Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA) extensions, SDN underlay control, and multi-site and multi-VIM (OpenStack* and OpenVIM) capability, while supporting a combination of multi-tenant and single-tenant VNFs and connections to external physical lines.

Perspective on VNF Onboarding on Intel® Architecture in an NFVI Environment | Download PDF

The Intel interoperability program has been launched to make strides in simplifying and accelerating adoption of network functions virtualization Infrastructures (NFVIs) and virtualized network functions (VNFs). In this white paper, we report several of the steps that Intel took in evaluating two NFVIs and several VNF products. Intel's findings show that the industry should work together to find a unified approach for provisioning virtualized services.

Resources from Intel Technology Experts

Intel offers resources for your work with Intel® Open Network Platform, OpenStack,* Open vSwitch,* DPDK, and more. Check out these papers and webinars from our technology experts.

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Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News
& Collaboration

Featured Partner Publications

ALTEN Calsoft Labs* and Intel: Improving Network Agility with Virtual CPE | Download PDF

Network functions virtualization (NFV) has seen steady gains in helping communications service providers transform their networks to speed service creation and delivery by improving agility, reducing costs, and minimizing risk. One NFV use case that has already shown strong results is virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE).

 

RAD* and Intel – Maximizing vCPE Flexibility | Download PDF

This solution brief covers RAD's vCPE platform for the customer edge. The ETX-2i* combines a network interface device/network termination unit (NID/NTU) with an Intel® processor/Linux*-based server for hosting VNFs.

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Upcoming Opportunities

Upcoming
Opportunities

Social Hub

For our ecosystem's latest news, podcasts, webinars, blog posts, and more, visit Social Hub. Recent and upcoming contributions from our community have included the following:

Webinar: "Service Testing, Diagnostics, and Assurance for NFV-based Ethernet/IP Services," with Anton Basil, Vice President, Technology, and Madhan P, Director, Product Management & Marketing, at Veryx* - Listen On Demand

Webinar: "Testing OpenDaylight for Scale and Performance," with Network Software Engineer – Marcus Williams, Software Defined Networking Controller Team, Network Platforms Group, Intel - Register Now for April 12

Webinar: "DPDK 16.04 New Features," with Tim O'Driscoll, Product Marketing Manager for the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), Intel - Register Now for April 14

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Join the Conversation on Twitter and NetworkIn

Intel® Network Builders offers a variety of online options for you to reach out to fellow ecosystem members between events:

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