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Intel® Network Builders Newsletter
    July 2021
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Mobile World Congress 2021 – Recap

MWC this year was delivered as a hybrid event with both virtual and face to face engagements, and it was seen as a hopeful sign that while many of us are still working to overcome the challenges of the pandemic, we are also making good strides towards a near future where we will all leave this difficult chapter of history behind us.

Intel had a virtual presence at the conference and kicked off activities with a pre-event - Edge of Wonderful | Unleashing the Possibilities of 5G- where Dan Rodriguez, Vice President, Data Center Group, General Manager, Network Compute Division, shared our strategies and vision for how foundational Intel® architecture is in unleashing the possibilities of 5G, building out the edge and enabling tomorrow’s artificial intelligence (AI).

The event also included several panel discussions on topics ranging from Best Practices to Accelerate 4.0 Transformation, to 5G vRAN Deployments, to deep diving into Private Networks.

Our Intel® Network Builders ecosystem was actively present with demos and multi-partner collaborations that will shape the year ahead with cutting edge solutions.

To view Intel’s opening keynote, watch the panel discussions and partake in virtual demos, please visit the Intel MWC page. To learn more about our partner solutions, please visit our Partner Pavilion and read our partner highlights below.

Partner Highlights for MWC 2021

Turnium Technology Group Inc. develops and sells a carrier-agnostic, software-defined layer 3 network overlay solution running on x86 platforms. Turnium’s software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) is available as a managed service and as software package that enterprises, managed services providers and telecoms can host, manage, bundle and brand.

Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE:507685, NSE: WIPRO) is a leading global information technology, consulting, and business process services company. Wipro harnesses the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics, and emerging technologies to help our clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, they have over 190,000 dedicated employees serving clients across six continents. Together, Wipro discovers ideas and connects the dots to build a better and a bold new future.

NEXCOM Introduces Next Generation uCPE to Advance 5G Connectivity

NEXCOM, a leading supplier of network appliances, has launched DTA 1164W, a new uCPE solution with agility for multiple connectivity, supporting Wi-Fi 5/6, 4G LTE and 5G FR1, to meet the massive demand of wireless connectivity in today’s dynamic IT environments. Powered by Intel Atom® C3000R processor, DTA 1164W packs enhanced security features and delivers excellent performance per watt and PoE functionality, providing a cost and time efficient alternative in the Era of 5G, for fast deployment and easy maintenance without compromising performance.

Advantech Extending the Cloud for the AIoT Economy

Advantech helps service providers extend the cloud to the IoT edge by providing scalable white-box platforms that reliably execute business and mission critical services anywhere in the network. Our 5G Edge Servers and Universal Edge Appliances enable a seamless transformation toward cloud native operations and are supported by a vibrant software ecosystem and supply chain, offering key foundational building blocks that accelerate digital transformation. From SD-WAN, uCPE and Private 5G to 5G NR Open RAN, Edge and Hybrid Cloud, Advantech is enabling the co-creation of products and services that will form the backbone of the new AIoT economy.

Intel and Varnish Software achieve near 400Gbps throughput for VOD

Varnish Software is working with Intel to drive Content Delivery Network (CDN) performance forward, helping CDN providers implement flexible, cost-effective infrastructure to address increasing content demands. At MWC, Intel and Varnish Software demonstrated new performance benchmarks, taking the Intel Select Solution for VCDN but making software and hardware optimizations specific to Video-on-Demand use cases. The setup delivered excellent results, achieving a near 400Gbps line rate with Varnish edge caches deployed on a two socket, 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable platform featuring Gen 4 Intel DC P5510 SSD.

What's New?

Intel® Network Builders Partners Demonstrate Outstanding Levels of Performance with 3rd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors

The newest 3rd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors are engineered for modern network workloads, targeting low latency, high throughput, deterministic performance, and high performance per watt. As more Intel® Network Builders partners test and adopt these processors, they are setting new benchmarks for performance.

Intel® Select Solutions for NFVI

Intel announced updates to its network workload-optimized solutions with 3rd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, which offer pre-tested and verified configurations that accelerate development time and simplify infrastructure deployment for CoSPs. Explore updated solution briefs for these new Intel Select Solutions for NFVI, options include Canonical Ubuntu as well as Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

Cost-Effective Growth of High-Definition and Ultra-High-Definition Video Services

ATEME achieves up to a 2x increase in high video transcoding density per node using the 3rd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor, improving the key costper-channel metric for video content providers.

Advancing Video Compression Performance

MediaKind’s testing of its compression headend running on the 3rd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor shows dramatic improvement in performance, up to 30 percent for HD and up to 22 percent for UHD.

Intelligent 5G L2 MAC Scheduler: Powered by Capgemini NetAnticipate 5G on Intel Architecture

Capgemini’s Marconi Project demonstrated approximately a 15% improvement in network performance on 5G MAC scheduler and near-RT RIC platform. NetAnticipate5G, leveraging Intel AI software, Analytics Zoo, and optimized framework running on Intel® Xeon® scalable processors, improved AI accuracy to 55% and reduced AI inference time to 0.64 msec, a 41% improvement, which is a critical requirement for such ultra-low latency and reliable ML-based solutions.



Intel® Network Builders Enterprise Networks Insights Series

This new webinar series will bring you the latest intelligence from the world of network innovation.

Join us and our trusted partners—once a month, every month—for in-depth sessions offering timely insights to inform your network transformation strategy.

Captioning in English, Japanese, Korean and Simplified Chinese will be provided live and will then be available on-demand after the recording.

Harnessing Business Values with Private Networks

Mavenir and Intel have been working closely for over 5 years building a relationship forged with the concepts of breaking away from legacy and proprietary hardware centric products, providing simple flexible OpenRAN cellular based solutions for private networks. For Consumers, Enterprises, and demands of Industry 4.0, Mavenir’s disruptive approach and easy deployment options accelerates the availability for all sectors of the market to transform their businesses with the security, trust, reliability, and quality expected from any carrier-class solution bringing the world directly to you. – July 14 @ 1pm SGT | July 13 @10pm PDT

To learn more and see the full series, please visit our series page.



Intel® Network Builders Insights Series

Our monthly Intel® Network Builders Insights Series provides insight into the latest Intel strategies, product lines, technologies, and programs that are driving network innovation from edge to cloud.

To learn more, please register via the links here and add to your calendar. Attend live for an interactive Q&A or watch on-demand after the recording.

Intel SoC Products for Emerging Edge and vRAN Applications

Join Intel architects and business leaders to learn about how Intel SoC products (Intel® Xeon® D Processors & Intel Atom® Processors) help accelerate development and deployment solutions for the emerging Edge and vRAN use cases along with other applications in SD/WAN, uCPE, Security and other network infrastructure appliances. The session will focus on specific use cases that are already deployed and how these enable new revenue growing opportunities. Technical discussion will include key performance and value that Intel SoCs bring to indoor and outdoor deployments. – July 14

Paradigm Shift in Edge to Core Security with 5G

As CoSPs transition from 4G to 5G with Cloud Native, with a highly distributed architecture and bring in great multi-vendor solutions, security is a pivotal concern. Cyberattacks are becoming more frequent and impactful. A single NF hack can expose entire core. There is need for consistency in security framework across Edge, Core and Cloud to manage upgrades, respond quickly to threats and attacks. This session will discuss the types of security risks associated with 5G infrastructure deployments, 5G specific use cases and the capabilities required for a robust and resilient security framework from edge to core. – August 4



Intel® Network Builders University

Open Visual Cloud – Smart City Reference Design

Smart City is a rapidly growing technology use case which has a potential of multiply the stream that need AI. In this course, Surbhi Madan, Solution Architect at Intel will walk you through the design Intel has architected for Smart City use cases which is powered by Open Visual Cloud stack. This training includes an Intel Smart City demo of an end-to-end reference application for traffic management. Learn where to connect with the Open Visual Cloud community and access additional resources. – Watch Now

More about the Intel® Network Builders University

Featuring 265 courses available and new content being created and refreshed each month, The Intel® Network Builders University includes a broad collection of online content and face-to-face technical training to help technical professionals in the network industry to improve their knowledge of key Intel® technologies, industry trends, and technical aspects of NFV deployments. 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.

Custom Training Pathways address specific training requirements for Intel® Network Builders University members. Custom pathways allow for customized and confidential training content, visible only by your employees. Additional features include Single Sign-On (SSO) capabilities which offer one click access directly to training content or a custom API which enables direct import to your internal learning portals. If you are interested in learning more about custom pathways, please contact us today.



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 and end users: Alepo Technologies, DFI Inc., Eficode, Equinix, Flapmax, iboss, Intelligent Security Systems (ISS), Netskope, NSFOCUS, and Saankhya Labs Pvt. Ltd.

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

Driving Edge to Cloud Solutions using Intel & Azure IoT Meetup

Please check the Edge Developer Meetup Series held on June 23rd titled “Driving Edge to Cloud Solutions using Intel & Azure IoT” presented by Savitha Gandikota. In this session she covered a basic but a very important step to enable IoT & Edge AI Solutions for developers who want a low-code, low-touch user experience. Savitha is an Architect & Product Manager at Intel Internet of Things Group.

What’s the Best Way to Get to Open RAN?

There are multiple migration paths to Open RAN. Each operator has the flexibility to pick the path best suited to its needs and what is available and cost effective in its network. This paper compares the TCO for two operator cases. In the first case, the operator has access to low-cost transport and may own a fiber network that reaches most of its macro cell sites. In the second case, the operator is in the opposite situation: it faces high transport costs and limited fiber availability at the macro cell sites. This is likely to change over the next few years, but the operator does not want to wait until then to deploy Open RAN. How should the adoption of Open RAN differ in the two cases? And what does this tell us about all the operators that find themselves in a midway situation.


Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News & Collaboration

QCT Modernizes 5G Solutions with IronCloud Robin Cloud Native Platform

In collaboration with Robin.io, QCT offers the IronCloud-Robin Solution to enable cloud-native end-to-end orchestration with automated service delivery. This carrier-grade cloud native platform with multi-cluster management is built on pre-validated, network-optimized QCT servers powered by 3rd Gen Intel® Xeon Scalable Processors to deliver high performance and cost efficiency.

Cloudify E2E Slicing with AWS, Intel and Capgemini Engineering

"Agile-first" approach to 5G network slicing, simplifying complex automation processes across thousands of distributed sites and devices - turning months and years of work into days and hours at a fraction of the cost. Shown as demo on MWC AWS Virtual Village, having Cloudify orchestrate software from Intel FlexRAN and Capgemini Engineering on AWS.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise expands 5G Portfolio with Automated Management Solution

HPE announced on June 29th a new 5G software suite that adds end-to-end automated management to HPE’s existing edge-to-cloud 5G portfolio, based on HPE’s Telco grade infrastructure which incorporates Intel’s 3rd Gen Xeon based processors. The new 5G automation solution simplifies the management of complex 5G networks and services by implementing a zero-touch, closed-loop system that monitors and manages the network, slices and services from end-to-end, automatically acting on issues detected to restore service. The software is pre-configured for HPE’s open 5G solutions, including the HPE 5G Core Stack, as well as leveraging open-source technologies and offering open APIs to integrate with products and architectures from any vendor.

Telenor Enables 5G Video Analytics for Norwegian Fish Farm

Fish farmers need real-time and historical insights into the behaviors and health of the fish in order to achieve efficient, sustainable, and profitable fish farming. For a salmon farm on the remote Norwegian island of Gjerdinga, a video analytics from Telenor, Bluegrove, Nokia, and Intel is enabling the visibility into the feeding process that the fish farmers need to better manage day-to-day operations.

Intel and Red Hat Showcase New 5G Offerings

Intel and Red Hat showcase several innovative examples of how the strategic collaboration has delivered on the promise of automated, cloud-native infrastructure for new 5G services. Based on foundational work started in January and new Intel® Select Solutions for network transformation, partners can benefit from more complete solutions and faster time to value as they transform their networks from cloud to network to edge.

VoerEir Demonstrates Touchstone for Testing NFVI

VoerEir, an Intel® Network Builders ecosystem member, offers Touchstone, a highly configurable NFVI benchmarking tool. Touchstone is a software-based automated test suite manager for NFVI benchmarking, certification, and validation of performance. VoerEir conducted tests in the Intel® Network Builders lab to demonstrate Touchstone’s flexibility and versatility, with a minimal dependence on hardware, making it a compelling choice for organizations testing their NFVIs.

Creating Far Edge Networks for Emerging Ultra Low Latency Services

Accenture’s expertise in building a far edge network starts with developing a business case that is unique for each CoSP. Accenture’s business process expertise for far edge customers includes establishing key performance indicators (KPIs), identifying and monetizing use cases with a go-to-market strategy and helping with sales and marketing.

APS Networks® Launches Three TIP OpenBNG Programmable Switches

Operators gain further product alternatives right down to the chip level, supporting multi-sourcing strategies for Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) and hybrid use case requirements. The APS Networks® OpenBNG devices are based on Intel Tofino P4-programmable Ethernet switch ASICs, Stratix 10 MX FPGAs and Intel® Xeon® D Scalable processors.


Social Hub

Social Hub

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

Video and Webinars

Go Bigger, the story of our vision, our purpose, our big technology bets, and our partner collaborations in ways that are unique to Intel.

Building Next-Gen CDNs for Tomorrow’s Critical Streaming Workloads, with Pål Hermunn Johansen, Varnish; Asad Sajjad Ahmed, Varnish; Nash Kleppan, Intel and Tushar Gohad, Intel. – Live online: Jul 13

Network Disaggregation & Quality Assurance, with Jason Chandralal, General Manager and Laxman Patil, Senior Architect, Happiest Minds Technologies – Watch Now

Introduction to Multifunctional Server Switch and Load Balancer for Data Centers, with Milson Liu, Sales Manager, Caswell & Petr Kastovsky, Product Line Manager, Intel – Watch Now

How Edge Networking Can Add Value to Your Business, with Raghupathy N., Systems Engineering Director, EMEA Networking (Dell), Bob Laliberte, Sr. Analyst, ESG, Bill Mcdonald, Segment Manager for the Enterprise Edge – Watch Now

Upgrading 5G & AIoT Performance with 3rd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors, with Shawn Li, Sales Director, Intel; Ben Shen, Director, Advantech; Barry Chang, Manager, Advantech; and Vincent Yen, Manager, Advantech – 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 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

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