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Intel® Network Builders Newsletter
    April 2020
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What's New?

What's New?

OpenNESS 20.03 Released

We are pleased to announce the 20.03 release of OpenNESS which brings several important enhancements to improve deployments of edge solutions and applications. Noteworthy changes in this release include support for performance enhancing features and expanded flexibility.

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Intel® Network Builders University Launches New Four Part Series on Cybersecurity

Intel Network Builders University is excited to announce the addition of four new courses providing an overview of the important topic of cybersecurity. The topics covered in these courses include: basic concepts and components of cybersecurity, common scams and tactics, access control models, internet protocol and blockchain.

More about the Intel Network Builders University

There are more than 219 courses available across five languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese & Korean), with new content released each month. The online portion of the university is available to Intel® Network Builders program members through a simple registration here and for the public here. Intel Network Builders University is one of three learning centers in Intel® Builders, which also includes the Intel® Data Center Builders University and Intel® AI Academy. Registrants have access to content in both learning centers.

Please take a look and after exploring the offerings, let us know what content you would like to see added to the university.



QCT Validated and Certified on Intel® Select Solutions for NFVI Forwarding Platform

The QuantaGrid D52BQ-2U is a validated and certified Intel® Select Solution for NFVI Forwarding Platform. The server and its pre-defined configuration can deliver high performance with the cost efficiency necessary for accelerating NFV deployment. Learn more in this solution brief.

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CASwell CAR-3080 with ADVA Ensemble Connector

The CASwell CAR-3080, an Intel® Select Solution for uCPE with ADVA Ensemble Connector, is the ideal system for every CoSP, network operator or enterprise of almost all industry sectors who are looking for officially verified high performance with virtual network functionality on customer premises or on the network edge as it provides a winning combination of proven high-end hardware with the leading framework for network connectivity.

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NEXCOM’S TCA 5170 with Intel® Xeon® D Processor and CentOS

Combining NEXCOM’s TCA 5170 with an optimized software stack, enables communication service providers to deliver agile service provisioning at the edge. The TCA 5170 is now a verified Intel® Select Solution for uCPE.

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Inventec K888G4 NFVI Forwarding Platform Solution

Inventec Data Center Solutions (Inventec EBG), one of the key suppliers of world's leading server brands, hyper-scale data centers and server system integrators, announces its first 5G solution product based on 2U K888G4 server system, verified by Intel® Select Solution for NFVi Forwarding Platform (NFVI- FP), called K888G4 NFVI Forwarding Platform Solution.

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Lenovo Intel® Select Solutions for NFVi Forwarding Platform

This Lenovo verified solution based on 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors exceeds the performance benchmarks required to address challenges emerging at the new network Edge.

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Welcome to Our New Ecosystem Partners and End Users

With more than 300 ecosystem partners, the Intel® Network Builders program continues to grow! We welcome new ecosystem partner: 5x9 Networks.

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


Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News & Collaboration

Robin.io Builds Cloud-Native 5G, Edge Platform Using OpenNESS

The Robin platform automates deployment, scaling, and life cycle management for data- and network-intensive applications on Kubernetes via application topology awareness that uses OpenNESS for 5G and edge services.

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China Unicom announced 5G MEC commercial deployment based on OpenNESS

China Unicom (CUC), together with ZTE, Intel and Tencent, successfully completed the MEC-scale network trial commercial operation in Shenzhen under 4G/5G live network environment to launch China Unicom's edge MEC platform (CUC-MEC Platform) based on OpenNESS. This architecture greatly improved mobile users' experience indicators in web browsing, online video, file transfer, etc., during the verification period.

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Common NFVI Telecom Taskforce Drives NFV Interoperability

The Common Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure Telecom Taskforce (CNTT) initiative and reference framework seek to continuously improve the predictability and efficiency for communications service providers and their supply chain, in consuming and deploying NFVI platforms, VNFs, and CNFs to accelerate network transformation, while driving lower deployment and operational costs. This paper describes how Intel and Mirantis are working with the CNTT initiative in its early stages.

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Versa Offers SD-WAN Converged Edge Solutions

Using the Converged Edge Reference Architecture (CERA), Versa offers an SD-WAN solution that delivers more secure, segmented multitenant services for edge computing applications.

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Implementation of ZTE’s High-Performance 5G Core Network UPF

This paper describes the excellent performance achieved by ZTE's 5G core network UPF products based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors—Intel Xeon Gold 6230N processors and Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors—and Intel® Ethernet Network Adapter XXV710 with Dynamic Device Personalization (DDP) technology.

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Fearful of Running Edge Virtual Network Functions? Try RES

Advantech’s Remote Evaluation Service lets service providers and enterprises configure and test pre-integrated flexiWAN SD-WAN, Enea NFV Access, and Intel®-based network appliances orchestrated by UBiqube MSActivator.

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VoerEir Releases Touchstone 3.0

VoerEir has been a pioneer in the field of NFVI benchmarking & automated testing. Touchstone, a VoerEir product, helps customers test and benchmark NFV infrastructure with its set of thousands of automated test cases. Now, we are excited to announce that VoerEir has released Touchstone 3.0 with the capability to benchmark Kubernetes (K8s) environments along with OpenStack environments.

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Stay Safe, Stay Home, Stay Productive – Connect to Advantech’s Remote Evaluation Lab 

To help home working development teams keep on track during these exceptional times, Advantech is building out its remote evaluation service with a complete range of development platforms featuring the latest Intel processors and networking technologies. From cost-optimized SD-WAN white boxes all the way up to high-performance carrier-grade servers integrating the new 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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ipoque launches plug-ins for NAT detection

ipoque, a Rohde & Schwarz company, recently launched an easy-to-integrate software plug-in for network address translation (NAT) detection and mobile tethering transparency. The plug-in in combination with the leading OEM DPI software R&S®PACE 2 detects NATing and devices behind the corresponding routing device, as well as the applications used. This enables network analytics and cybersecurity vendors to detect unauthorized NAT devices in a network in order to uncover mobile tethering fraud and prevent cyberattacks.

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COVID-19: A Helping Hand – Free-of-charge Access to Netrounds Technology

The COVID-19 outbreak has created a surge in remote workers, putting an unprecedented load on IT infrastructure – both on private and publicly shared resources. Netrounds is here to provide a helping hand by offering it's solution free-of-charge.

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Amdocs Launches 5G Slice Manager for Automation of 5G Network Slicing

The solution is designed to enable service providers accelerate their 5G journey, providing a comprehensive set of capabilities to manage and monetize 5G network slices from design to creation, launch and on-going closed-loop operations. Powered by ONAP, the solution provides end to end lifecycle automation for cross-domain (RAN, transport and core), multi-vendor network slicing.

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Fortinet Further Expands Integration with Amdocs to Enable Service Providers to Deliver Advanced Secure SD-WAN Services

This combined solution, with the proper automation and orchestration layer on top of SD-WAN, provides critical service agility and ability to quickly and efficiently scale to a large number of customers and sites. Fortinet’s carrier-grade Secure SD-WAN solution can be deployed on customer premises, in data centers and in the public cloud, allowing service providers the scalability to offer new revenue-generating services to enterprises of any size, small or large.

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Tech Mahindra acquires ZEN3 Infosolutions

Tech Mahindra recently acquires the Indian subsidiary of Zen Group - ZEN3 Infosolutions, and Zen3 Infosolutions (America) Inc. This acquisition will bring strong capabilities in AI enablement services, and also help bolster Tech Mahindra’s enterprise application practice.

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Social Hub

Social Hub

For our ecosystem's latest news, podcasts, webinars, blog posts, and more, visit Social Hub. Recent contributions from our community have included podcasts from Amdocs, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo, QCT, Robin and Silicom; and blog posts from Intel and Radisys.

Don't miss these recent webinars on the Intel® Network Builders webinar channel:

“Network-as-a-Service (NaaS): Transforming the Enterprise Network Services Marketplace,” with Ofer Farkash, Products and Solutions Marketing Manager at Amdocs on April 23 – Register Now

“Changing the Mobile Networks Economics with Parallel Wireless OpenRAN,” with Zahid Ghadialy, Sr. Director, Strategic Marketing; Amit Miron, Sr. Director, Product Management; and Jason Tiner, Sales Engineer at Parallel Wireless on April 21 – Register Now

“Lenovo’s Solutions Offer Customers the Edge,” with Priya Natarajan, Sr. Director, Global head of Telco GTM at Lenovo and Anand Gorti, Telco / NFV Solution Architect at Lenovo on April 8th – Register Now

“MEC Edge Computing Platforms Facilitate 5G Network Transformation,” with Julian Ye, Director of ADLINK Technology Network and Communication Business Center – Watch Now

“Securing Networks from Edge-to-Cloud,” with Vinod Sundarraj, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Cloud and MSSP at Fortinet – Watch Now




Join the Conversation on Twitter

Intel® Network Builders offers a variety of online options for you to reach out to fellow ecosystem members between events. Follow our new Twitter handle: @Intel5GNetworks on Twitter* or use the Intel Network Builders hashtag, #IntelBuilders. You can also follow industry leaders from Intel via their Twitter handles.

– Renu Navale, General Manager, Edge Computing and Ecosystem Enabling (ECEE), Network Platforms Group – @RenuNavale

– Dan Rodriguez, Vice President, Data Center Group, General Manager, Network Compute Division – @DanRod2000

– Jeni Panhorst, Vice President, Data Platforms Group General Manager, Network & Edge Platforms Division – @jeni_p

– Tony Dempsey, Intel Network Builders Ecosystem, Marketing & Operations Manager – @tonydempc

– Allyson Klein, Director of Marketing, Data Center Group – @TechAllyson

– Lisa Spelman, Vice President and General Manager, Intel Xeon Products and Data Center Marketing – @LisaSpelman

– Cristina Rodriguez, Vice President, Data Center Group and General Manager, Wireless Access Network Division – @CristinaR_5G

– Rajesh Gadiyar, Vice President, Network Platforms Group and General Manager Architecture & Systems Engineering – @rgadiyar

– Caroline Chan, Vice President, Network Platforms Group, and General Manager, Network Business Incubator Division – @CarolineChan5G

– Alex Quach, General Manager of Wireline and Wireless Core Networks Division – @QuachAlexander

– Lynn Comp, Vice President, Network Platforms Group, and General Manager, Visual Cloud Division – @comp_lynn

– Jim St. Leger, Technology Marketing Manager – @JimStLeger

– Brian Aherne, Senior Director of Network Platforms and Systems – @aherne_brian

– Bob Ghaffari, General Manager, Data Center / Network Platforms Group – @BobGhaffari

– Bryan Madden, Marketing Director – @maddsey

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