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Intel® Network Builders Newsletter
    December 2020
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What's New

What's New?

Releasing Container Bare Metal Ref. Architecture v2.0 to Drive Cloud Native Deployments

The forward-looking Container Bare Metal Reference Architecture (BMRA) has been used over the past year by Intel partners to advance Cloud Native developments and early deployments. We are excited to release the BMRA v2.0 guide which provides instructions on how to automatically build, provision and validate a Cloud Native Kubernetes (K8s) cluster using 2nd Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, Intel® Ethernet 800 Series NICs , Intel platform technologies, and open source telemetry, security and K8s software. Version 2.0 introduces the concept of Reference Architecture Flavors per network location where each flavor is designed, optimized and validated to meet the specific requirements of various network locations and their associated workloads.

Container bare metal reference architecture flavors per network location

To learn more visit INB BMRA v2.0 for 2nd Generation Xeon



Intel® Network Builders Announces the inclusion of Intel® CloudU

Intel Network Builders is excited to integrate the Intel CloudU program within the Intel Network Builders University. Intel CloudU courses will give you in-depth knowledge of the cloud industry—the players, the components that serve as building blocks, the architectures, the services, and how they all tie together. This training describes the key areas an enterprise must consider before they move to the cloud and helps describe the differences between public and private cloud computing from a workload perspective. The Intel CloudU program is now available for inclusion in partner customer learning pathways. Contact your account manager to learn more about Custom Pathways.

To learn more about how clouds powered by Intel® technologies deliver reliable, scalable, workload-optimized performance across enterprise applications, visit us here.

More about the Intel® Network Builders University

Intel Network Builders University wraps up 2020 making great strides in advancing industry training and education with over 43,000 registered and enrolled learners, 410,000 videos viewed and 130 Custom Pathways over the past 5 years.

There are more than 309 courses available with new content released each month. Closed captioning in multiple languages is now available for a growing number of courses. The online portion of the university is available to Intel® Network Builders program members through a simple registration here and for the public here.

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



Welcome to Our New Ecosystem Partners and End Users

With more than 400 ecosystem partners, the Intel® Network Builders program continues to grow! We welcome the following new ecosystem partners: Athonet SRL, Four DRobotics, Herta, Highway 9 Networks, and Varnish Software.

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


Technical Spotlight

Technical Spotlight

Intel Speaks to Delivering Kubernetes Innovation at Kubecon

Intel has been a critical contributor, advancing Kubernetes Networking technologies with the CNCF open source community and enabling CNF evolution to meet the needs of performance-sensitive deployments. Two of our leading technologists-- Dave Cremins and Kilian Muldoon, have showcased our innovation for the Kubernetes community. Dave presented a session at Kubecon 2020 that focused on innovations for Enhancing Kubernetes Networking with Smart Nics. Dave also shared insight via a new blog post: Enhancing Kubernetes Networking. Killian has delivered a session covering the methods and values of Telemetry Aware Scheduling earlier this year at Kubecon EU. Please learn from Killian about his professional journey and Boost K8s Performance with Telemetry Aware Scheduling.



Intel at this year’s Digital Transformation World Series

Intel was recently recognized as a key contributor in a winning project showcased at the TM Forum Digital Transformation World Series conducted virtually October 7 – November 12, 2020. Intel and key partners contributed an Enterprise Edge / uCPE reference design, Secure Device On-boarding (SDO),  and analytics/service assurance POC that was included in the Digital Business Marketplace Phase 3 Catalyst project.  An award for Outstanding Catalyst - Business Impact was presented to the Catalyst team. Catalyst projects are vital part of TM Forum’s collaborative work, helping to drive innovation and validate TM Forum standards and best practices for the industry.

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Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News & Collaboration

Private 5G Networks for Industrial IoT

Advantech provides key foundational building blocks for operators and enterprises to build Private 5G Network Solutions that securely and reliably connect increasing number of mission-critical AIoT sensors and machines. Advantech 5G Edge Servers have been designed for the industrial and telecom edge and are supported by a vibrant software ecosystem, streamlining the deployment of next generation IIoT communication services that will fuel the fourth industrial revolution.

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AlefEdge’s New EdgeNet Solution Optimizes Compute and Delivery at the Edge

Based on Alef’s Software-Defined Mobile Edge (SD-ME) platform, EdgeNet, a compute and delivery network with partnerships across the Edge ecosystem, allows enterprises and developers to use Open APIs to create and deploy 5G-style applications today. AlefEdge’s SD-ME platform enables 5G-like immersive and intelligent applications to work over today’s networks. Since SD-ME abstracts out the complexity of 5G, application developers and network programmers can focus on creating new applications by taking advantage of Alef’s developer program and APIs.

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Nabstract Traffic Influence Service Will Automate MEC Traffic

The Nabstract Traffic Influence Service (TIS) software module provides a context-driven traffic management service to enhance network automation in a multi-access edge computing (MEC) environment.

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QCT Trusted Container Platform with a Five-Level Security Model

Containerization has not only brought efficiency and scalability benefits, but also security challenges. To mitigate advanced attacks to cloud and Kubernetes clusters, QCT builds a trusted container platform on QuantaGrid D52B-1U and D52BQ-2U servers, incorporating Intel security technologies to support regulated or sensitive workloads.

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SMART Embedded Computing Server Targets Military Edge Computing

Because of the nature of military operations, technology used by branches of the armed forces must meet very high performance and reliability metrics. SMART Embedded Computing has developed the RG1000, a 1U rugged COTS server designed to be rack-mounted that has been designed to meet the challenging extended temperature, shock, and vibration environments of military applications.

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Lanner and 128 Technology Deploy 5,000-Store Retail SD-WAN

Lanner Inc. and 128 Technology recently used Intel® processor-based vCPEs to deliver SD-WAN for 5,000 stores of a nationwide auto parts retailer. Using zero-touch deployment, SD-WAN was deployed in an average of 80 stores per night and the deployments resulted in 100% voice and data network uptime.

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Vodafone Ireland to roll out Open RAN in North West Ireland

Parallel Wireless, Inc., the leading U.S.-based Open RAN company delivering the world’s only 2G 3G 4G 5G O-RAN solution for rural and urban connectivity, today announced that Vodafone Ireland, the best and the fastest network provider in the country, is the first to roll out Open RAN sites across the North West region using Parallel Wireless O-RAN software to deliver new 4G service to 30 locations in a faster and more cost-efficient way.

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Silicom FEC Acceleration Adapter Designed for 4G & 5G Networks

The Lisbon ACC100 FEC Accelerator Server Adapter utilizes Intel® vRAN dedicated accelerator ACC100 to provide wire rate forward error correction (FEC) processing while enabling more virtualized functionality on the host server.

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Accelerating 4G/5G Open RAN Deployment with netOps.ai

Tech Mahindra has established a demonstration pod with Intel and Altiostar showcasing zero-touch virtual network function onboarding with netOps.ai, a next-generation automation framework designed for rapid deployment of greenfield 5G networks along with 5G migrations of brownfield 4G networks.

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Application Management in the 5G Standalone Core

As the mobile industry begins the next wave of 5G deployments, we see insatiable growth for services, end devices, and associated applications. This paper outlines a key research and development solution from SK Telecom and Intel for application management in 5G core networks.

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Social Hub

Social Hub

For our ecosystem’s latest news, podcasts, webinars, blog posts, and more, visit Social Hub.

Why the Network is Foundational for Any Enterprise Multi-Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Now more than ever, enterprises need to build cloud-ready networks capable of securely connecting business locations, remote employees, customer interactions, siloed business applications and data. Read more from Bob Ghaffari on how Intel is working closely with the ecosystem to help enterprises get the most from their network infrastructure.

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Don't miss these upcoming and recently recorded webinars:

Edge Deployments with Lenovo and NearbyComputing, with David Carrera, CTO, NearbyComputing and Chadie Ghadie, Director, Edge Computing Business Development, Lenovo on December 18

Multi-tenancy Isolation and Legacy Application Support via Virtualization in K8s, with Srini Addepalli, Sr. Principal Engineer, NPG, Intel; Manjunath Mageswaran, Sr. Principal Engineer, Robin.io on December 17

Telefonica, flexiWAN and Intel Make the SD-WAN Open Source Vision a Reality for Production Telco Services – Case Study, with Jennifer Clark, Principal Analyst - Cloud Infrastructure and Edge Computing, Heavy Reading; Amir Zmora, CEO & Co-founder, flexiWAN; and William (Bill) McDonald, Segment Manager for the Enterprise Edge / uCPE, Network Platforms Group, Intel on December 17

Intelligence on the Road to a Smarter Open RAN, with Neil Coleman, Product Line Manager, Amdocs Open Network; Jens Voigt, RF Product Manager, Amdocs Open Networks; and Dan Lynch, Director, Wireless Access Division, Intel on December 15

Edge is the New Cloud: Enterprises Can Now Launch 5G Edge Services in Minutes, with Dr. Ganesh Sundaram, Founder and CEO, AlefEdge on December 15

Hardware vs Software BNGs – Gaining Competitive Edge for a 5G Future, with Michael McFarland, VP Product Management at Benu Networks; and Paul Mannion, SDN-NFV Market Segment Director, Intel on December 10

Telco Bits & Bytes Live! Get Close to the Edge: Choosing the right partners, with VMware and Intel

Hyperscale DDoS Offload to SmartNICs: A Powerful 5G Security Solution, with Tom Atkins, Product Marketing Manager, F5; Ed O’Connell, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, F5; Chuck Tato, Director of Wireline & NFV Business Division, Intel

Gaining the Edge on your Network: LAN/WAN Acceleration for Enterprise Networking, with Greg Gum, CEO and Rick Uperti, Sr. Systems Architect at GateSpeed

FPGA & 5G: Simplify Deployment of FPGA and Associated Firmware/Software @Scale, with Srinivasa R Addepalli, Senior Principal Engineer at Intel and Sree Nandan Atur, Senior Principal Engineer at Robin.io

More Than Just Cloud Native… The InterGENerational 5G Solution, with Brooke Frischmeier, Product Management Lead at NetNumber




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 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 and General Manager, Network & Edge Platforms Division – @jeni_p

– 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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