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Intel® Network Builders Newsletter
    AUGUST 2017
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What's New?

What's New?


Intel® Network Builders Summits Offer New Opportunities to Connect and Engage

As we move toward the second half of the year, the Intel® Network Builders summit program has exclusive engagement opportunities for our partners and customers to meet and greet, and learn about the new wave of technologies that will shape the network landscape well into 2018.

Full agendas will be available on the event websites. Register today for these events to guarantee your space.

Intel Network Builders Summit in conjunction with the NFV and Carrier SDN Congress

Date and Time: September 26, 9:00 am – 5:40 pm, followed by evening reception
Location: Denver, CO (The Westin Westminster)

Intel Network Builders will partner once again with Informa to deliver a day 0 summit engagement to the ecosystem. Attendance to this day 0 summit is complimentary for Intel Network Builders partners, and as an added benefit, you are invited to attend the entire conference and enjoy a 50 percent discount on registration.

For quick registration, please follow the directions below:

Intel Network Builders Summit in conjunction with the SDN & NFV World Congress

Date and Time: October 9, 9:00 am – 5:40 pm, followed by evening reception
Location: The Hague, Netherlands (World Forum)

Join us for one of the largest network-centric industry events in Europe and take advantage of the Intel Network Builders summit as the perfect add-on value to your SDN & NFV World Congress experience. Registration will open soon for this not-to-be-missed summit. Stay tuned for additional details.




AT&T* Accelerates Network Transformation on the Path to 5G with Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

Last month, Intel unveiled its new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors that enable communications service providers to accelerate the transformation of fixed-function, purpose-built networks into flexible, software-defined networks. As part of the launch, John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president of AT&T* Technology and Operations, appeared with Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group, to discuss AT&T's involvement in the Intel Xeon Scalable processor early access program.

Donovan shared that AT&T has seen a 30 percent performance improvement over its current install base since deploying the Intel Xeon Scalable platform in March. AT&T has also seen a 25 percent reduction in the number of servers needed per cluster, with larger data throughput—improving overall total cost of ownership.

Further, Donovan explained AT&T's relationship with Intel lets AT&T build, fine-tune and accelerate time to market. This is helping AT&T achieve its goal of virtualizing 75 percent of its network by 2020; AT&T expects to reach 55 percent by the end of this year. Read this case study to learn more about how in collaboration with Intel, AT&T is fast tracking its move toward an agile, scalable, and programmable next-generation network, embracing cloud as an architecture and business model.

Read more about AT&T's network transformation journey.



Meeting the Service Assurance Challenge to NFV Adoption

Learn more about how Intel's server platforms featuring Intel® Infrastructure Management technologies support NFV Service Assurance to power the network transformation to a software-defined and increasingly virtualized network environment.

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Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors Demonstrate Exceptional Performance

As part of last month's launch, many companies from the Intel® Network Builders ecosystem and beyond shared proof points of the exceptional performance they've achieved so far with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. AT&T and Telefónica discussed how the new processors will be utilized in their network transformation journeys in videos, and 13 partners—FD.io, ZTE, Huawei, Radisys, Telefónica/Acens, NEXCOM, TYAN, ASRock, AIC, Lanner Electronics, Advantech, ADLINK, and Sandvine—shared announcements and/or product briefs as part of the launch event.*

In addition, a number of partners shared their experiences on the Intel Network Builders website.

Blog: "Nokia Takes AirFrame Data Center Solution to New Performance Levels with Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors," by Mika Hatanpää, Head of AirFrame Data Center R&D, Nokia* – Read Now

Podcast: "Optimizing Processor Performance," with Ian Hood, Chief Architect of Telco Vertical at Red Hat* – Listen Now

Podcast: "Re-Architecting Infrastructure for 5G," with Geoff Hollingworth, Head of Ericsson* Cloud Marketing – Listen Now

Podcast: "Next Generation Network," Kevin Shatzkamer, VP of Service Provider Solutions and Strategy at Dell EMC* – Listen Now

Podcast: "Telefónica's Network Virtualization Journey," with Gerardo Garcia de Blas, Technological Expert of Network Virtualization at Telefónica* – Listen Now




Intel® Select Solutions Drive the Next Wave of Data Center Innovation

Last month Intel also announced the launch of Intel® Select Solutions, verified solutions configurations that are aimed to speed selection and deployment of data center and communications network infrastructure. These solutions are developed and delivered by Intel and our partners and are based on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. The following Intel® Builders members joined in the launch with intent to deliver solutions to the market: Canonical, Ericsson, HPE, Huawei, Inspur, Lenovo, Microsoft, Quanta, Sugon, Supermicro, and VMware.*

As part of this launch, Intel Builders released several new resources:

Fast Route to NFVI

The Intel® Select Solutions for NFVI reference designs from Intel provide a roadmap to building optimized, next-generation NFVI servers powered by the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

Ready to Scale with Microsoft SQL Server 2016

The Intel Select Solution for Microsoft SQL Server 2016 quickly enables more elevated performance at scale for volume transaction workloads.

Hyper-Tune Storage with VMware vSAN

The Intel Select Solution for VMware vSAN offers a rapid, seamless path to extended storage virtualization with a hyper-converged solution optimized for peak performance.

Read more about Intel Select Solutions.




Intel® Network Builders University Releases Four New Courses

The Intel® Network Builders University is releasing four courses this month. Two of the courses are refreshed material and two are new content. There are now 105 total courses available spanning four languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese). Explore the new courses below or check out the full library of available content.

New courses:

OpenDaylight* NetVirt Features and Their Use Cases: In this course, you will learn about the software defined networking (SDN) community within the Linux Foundation* called the OpenDaylight project. You will explore use cases that are part of several features within the OpenDaylight network virtualization project also known as NetVirt. Some of the use cases include transparent virtual local area network (vLAN), port security, virtual private edge (vPE), and quality of service.

Introduction to Software Defined Networking (SDN) Controller and Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM) Integration: This course will provide a short introduction to SDN architecture and related technologies. You will also learn about OpenStack* and OpenDaylight architecture and integration with a short demonstration showcasing the integration.

Refreshed content:

Network Transformation: This is a discussion about network transformation and some of the industry and the first steps needed to take advantage of the transition. The course focuses primarily on the communications infrastructure and is a great place to start if you are new to the university.

Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) – A World Where the Application Defines the System: Take this course to learn about SDI and understand how applications are no longer confined by the system but helping define the system to ensure we are meeting requirements. Some of the topics covered in this course are intelligent resource orchestration, dynamic resource pooling, telemetry, and some Intel technologies like Intel® Rack Scale Design.

The online portion of the University is available to all Intel Network Builders program members and the public through a simple registration here. Intel Network Builders University is one of three learning centers in Intel® Builders University, which also includes the Intel® Cloud Builders University and Intel® Storage Builders University. Registrants have access to all of the content in the three learning centers and the new courses added each month.

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



Welcome Our New Ecosystem Partners and End Users

With more than 260 ecosystem partners, the Intel® Network Builders program continues to grow! We welcome new partners Dimetis* and iTrinegy.*

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


Technical Spotlight

Technical Spotlight

Intel® Select Fast Track Kit for NFVI

The Intel® Select Fast Track Kit for NFVI is a new Intel® Network Builders initiative offering ecosystem partners and communications service providers a pathway to shorten their time to market for optimized solutions based on network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVI).

Based on Intel's newest processor family—the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, which deliver increased scalability and enhanced performance for NFV applications—the kit is designed as a self-contained NFV infrastructure platform. The Intel Select Fast Track Kit for NFVI includes a hardened configuration of hardware, firmware, and software optimized for essential NFV workloads, performance characterization and optimization tools, a demo with traffic generator and workloads, installer, and user guide.



Out of the Box Network Developers Events

5G and SDN and NFV as Network Transformation Technology for 5G (Santa Clara)

Join the Out of the Box Network Developers August meet up for a presentation titled "NFV and SDN: Architecture and Optimizations for the LTE and 5G Wireless Networks," and a presentation exploring the scalability and agility of NFV using containerization of vector packet processing (VPP) and FD.io.* Check the event page for speakers and an up-to-date schedule.

Date: Wednesday, August 16
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: SC-9 Auditorium



Platform Transformation for NFV and SDN (Ireland)

Join the next Out of the Box Network Developers Ireland meet up to learn from experts and discuss platform transformation for NFV and SDN. For up-to-date details on the agenda, and a link to enter to win a €50 Amazon gift card.

Date: Tuesday, August 22
Time: 9:30 am



Get Started with IPsec Acceleration in the FD.io* VPP Project

Learn how FD.io,* VPP, and the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) Cryptodev library work together to provide enhanced IPsec performance and functionality. Configuration instructions are included.

Read the Article



OpenStack* Enhanced Platform Awareness: Feature Breakdown and Analysis

OpenStack* Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA) features enable OpenStack to accurately assign the workload to the best hardware resource. Learn about each feature, its benefits, and how to configure.

Read the Paper



How Yahoo!* Japan Used Open vSwitch* with DPDK to Accelerate L7 Performance in Large-Scale Deployment Case Study

Learn how Intel and Yahoo!* Japan collaborated on a project with OvS-DPDK and delivered a 2x cloud application L7 performance improvement in a 500-node, large-scale deployment.

Read the Case Study


Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News
& Collaboration

Partner Publications

Northforge* Develops High-Performance NFV Data Plane Applications

DPDK has emerged as the key enabler for building high-performance data planes needed by NFV applications. Northforge Innovations are experts in DPDK technology with many successful projects.

Read the Paper



6WIND* Boosts IPsec with Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

IP security (IPsec) is a crucial element for every IP network to help protect against cyberattacks, and server performance is a critical issue in effective bare metal and virtualized IPsec solutions. Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors offer new options for next-generation networks, and tests of 6WIND Turbo IPsec* show up to a 50 percent performance improvement when run on a server powered by the Intel Xeon Platinum 8170 processor.

Read the Paper



Sandvine* Increases PTS Performance with Intel® Xeon® Processors

Policy management tools are the technologies that ensure that every data packet sent or received by a customer complies with their service plan. Sandvine* recently worked with Intel to see how the added processing power from the new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors could impact the throughput of its Policy Traffic Switch (PTS)* Virtual Series. When using the new CPU, Sandvine achieved significant performance advances, which means CommSPs have the flexibility of adding significant business rules capacity, or meeting their current capacity with fewer CPU cores, freeing up processing capacity for other applications.

Read the Paper



Wind River* and Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors Target 5G Readiness

The era of 5G promises new services that will transform our lives. To demonstrate that the Wind River* Titanium Cloud* NFVI portfolio is ready for the demands of coming 5G networks, the company worked with Intel to integrate the software with server boards based on the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

Read the Paper



Ecosystem Updates

Advantech* Beefs Up Server and Appliance Portfolio

Advantech* recently announced two new platforms: the FWA-6170, its most powerful and flexible 2U dual socket network appliance, and the SKY-8101, a single socket, short-depth 1U server, both based on the new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. The FWA-6170 enables equipment and service providers to build faster, more secure networks, bringing greater cost-efficiency to applications such as network security, policy enforcement, quality of service, and network analytics. The SKY-8101 meets market demands for higher performance, broader scalability, and increased security at the network edge where new technologies such as vRAN, edge cloud computing, fog computing, and MEC are vital to enabling the next generation of digital services.



Axiomtek* Introduces 2U Rackmount Network Appliance Platform Powered by Dual Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

Axiomtek* announced in July that it is rolling out the NA860, its latest dual-processor-based 2U rackmount network appliance platform. The NA860 offers an outstanding mixture of performance, flexibility, and durability with server-class dual LGA3647 socket Intel® Xeon® Gold processors and Intel® C621 chipset. It is robust and highly reliable for use in a wide range of network applications such as SDN, NGFW, IDS, IPS, UTM, etc.

Learn More



Axtel* Deploys AudioCodes' Mediant* 9000 SBC Across Mexico

Last month, AudioCodes* announced that Mediant* 9000 SBC—a highly interoperable, secure, and reliable session border controller—will be deployed with Axtel.* Axtel is a Mexican information and communication technology company that serves the enterprise, government, and residential markets with a robust portfolio of solutions through its brand Alestra* (enterprise and government services) and its brand Axtel (residential and small business services).

Axtel chose the Mediant 9000 SBC for its rich capabilities and smooth integration with its advanced SIP portfolio and Hosted IP-PBX solutions. This will accelerate the company's unified communications (UC) and SIP trunking offerings to customers across Mexico.

Learn More



Italtel* Awarded EU Funding to Advance 5G

Italtel* announced in June that it will receive €1.150 million in European Commission Research and Development (R&D) funds for its role as one of the companies promoting three Horizon 2020 research projects. Projects will leverage Italtel's expertise in virtualization, the IoT, and edge computing.

Learn More


Social Hub

Social Hub

Catch Up with the Community on 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 BroadForward,* L7 Defense,* and Lanner Electronics.*



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 @IntelNetwork on Twitter* or use the Intel Network Builders hashtag, #IntelBuilders.

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