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