Letter from the Director
Last year marked a fundamental change for the Intel® Network Builders program. Supported by ecosystem growth, 2015 was all about rolling up our sleeves and getting to work as a unified driving force for network transformation. We saw tremendous momentum as more and more partners joined us and we closed the year with 185+ company partners. However, we know that it is only through the activation of the ecosystem that we will ultimately drive the industry toward the transformation of the network through the adoption of SDN and NFV solutions.
Over the last year, we saw an ecosystem mature enough to begin the journey of delivering the promise of a software defined network. Through deep partner collaborations, Intel Network Builders delivered close to 40 PoCs, trials, and deployment publications. We gathered more than 1,500 people across the globe at our events, delivered a robust webinar and podcast series, and most importantly, provided direct engagement opportunities for IT professionals developing the flexible, reliable, and optimized solutions of the future.
What's in store for 2016? Intel Network Builders will keep building on the solid pillars we already have in place. We will continue to support and expand innovation toward solution stack optimization, develop and share proven integration strategies through our solution blueprints, and drive interoperability benchmarking for faster and more reliable multivendor solution deployments. We will ramp the newly launched Intel® Network Builders University and continue to deliver the various initiatives that support each and every partner that joins us on the mission of accelerating the transformation of the network.
What can you do to help? The call for action is a simple but extremely important one. Get involved! Make sure to stay in touch, attend our events, register for our newsletter, and take advantage of our virtual engagement opportunities and website capabilities. Not sure how to start? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help.
The promise of a new business reality for the network is within our grasp, but we can only reach it together.
Looking forward to working with you in 2016!
Intel Network Builders Director
Welcome Our New Ecosystem Members
The Intel® Network Builders program continues its growth, welcoming new partners ECI Telecom* and Dimension Data,* and communications service providers British Telecom* and Turk Telekom.* The ecosystem has more than 185 partner members and nine end user members.
Intel® Network Builders Interoperability Workshop Recap
Last month, at the Intel® Network Builders Summit at Carrier Network Virtualization (CNV), we hosted our first-ever interoperability workshop. The workshop included presentations from Intel, Tech Mahindra,* and TCS* and focused on the current interoperability and integration challenges facing NFV deployments. Attendees also discussed some of the tools and solutions that exist today that are aimed at assisting the industry in interoperability testing.
Intel provided a list of key areas that our partners can focus on to increase interoperability and make integration efforts easier. The focus areas suggested by Intel include debug tools, license management, and installation and configuration tools.
Interoperability is one of the key pillars in the Intel® Network Builders Fast Track initiative. Watch for more programs on this important topic in 2016 on our member portal.
Blog: Building Cloud-Ready Networks—The Time Is Now
Sandra Rivera, a Vice President in the Data Center Group and General Manager of the Network Platforms Group for Intel, discusses in this blog how the transformed network will consist of virtualized network functions (VNFs) running on standard, high volume servers—solutions that are more programmable and reconfigurable than traditional network elements, enabling the intelligence and flexibility the network needs. Higher performance and capacity is also required throughout the entire network.
This combination of performance and agility is made possible through Intel technology innovation, and our launch event in November showcased two new Intel products. The Intel® Ethernet Multi-host Controller FM10000 is the first high bandwidth server networking product to integrate Intel's best-of-breed Ethernet controllers with advanced Ethernet switch capabilities. The new Intel® Xeon® Processor D-1500 Product Family of processors is the first Intel Xeon-class system-on-a-chip (SoC)—it's smaller; it uses less power; and it is perfect for moving intelligence and performance to the network edge.
Video: Realizing the Network of the Future with Intel
Sandra Rivera, a Vice President in the Data Center Group and General Manager of the Network Platforms Group at Intel, explains the challenges and benefits of the transformation taking place in the network and the rich, immersive user experiences it brings in a new video. She shares Intel's technology leadership role in the network transformation in both hardware and software ingredients and explains how it extends to ecosystem enabling, reference designs for the industry, contributions of open source and open standards, and engagement with end users.