Intel® Network Builders Newsletter
    JUNE 2016
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What's New?

What's New?

Network Transformation Acceleration

Renu NavaleRenu Navale, Director of Intel® Network Builders, provides a detailed update on the Intel® Network Builders Fast Track Initiative and Intel Network Builders program in this episode of Intel Chip Chat: Network Insights. The interview examines the role of technical training provided through the Intel Network Builders University through face-to-face events and online classes. Renu also discusses how Intel is driving interoperability and solution optimization within Fast Track and discusses the first Intel Network Builders End User Summit, delivering content specifically for communications service providers. For more information, visit the Intel Network Builders University website.

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Welcome Our New Ecosystem Partners

With more than 200 ecosystem partners, the Intel® Network Builders program continues to grow! We welcome new partners AudioCodes, Happiest Minds Technologies, Imperva Incapsula, imVision Technologies, Infosim, Iricent, and Northforge Innovations.

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

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Intel® Network Builders Delivers First End User Summit

The event, in conjunction with Network Virtualization and SDN World, happened on May 31 in Madrid and gathered dozens of ecosystem partners and end user members for a full day of technical presentations, panel discussions, and peer-to-peer engagement.

The agenda, carefully crafted with our communication service provider members in mind, covered a wide range of topics, including Intel's SDI strategies for NFV, data plane performance and flexibility, Open Source MANO, Cloud Integrity Technology, Infrastructure and VNF Assurance, Virtual Network Service Assurance, and Intel's perspective on Telco Cloud, among other topics.

In addition to our high-caliber presentations, attendees were invited to record Periscope videos and podcast interviews to share their insights on how virtualized solutions are transforming the network of today and shaping the way we connect the world of tomorrow.

To watch the podcast episodes and videos, please check out the Intel Network Builders Social Hub page, and don't forget to visit the member portal for future events.

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New Content Available on Intel® Network Builders University

The Intel® Network Builders University library of educational content is growing with the release of six new online courses. As the number of programs and classes increases each month, our partners have access to a more robust set of training and corresponding quizzes. Today the university is unveiling several new classes covering a variety of topics.

You can access the training by visiting the Intel® Network Builders University page and creating a free login. If you are already a member, just sign in using your Intel® Network Builders account credentials.

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New Open Standards Resources on Intel® Network Builders Website

As part of the Intel® Network Builders website update, we have added in a new section under the Network Technologies tab called Open Standards.

Open Standards organizations foster industry-wide collaboration and innovation on standardizing technologies that propel the industry forward. Intel is a leading contributor to a number of open standards organizations working in the NFV and SDN area. Intel's involvement in these open standards organizations includes ETSI Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), ETSI Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).*

Intel Network Builders, with its active ecosystem, is the perfect place for partners and end user members to gain access to a wide range of supporting documentation for the open standards work that Intel engineers are involved in. Here you will find each of the open standards organizations with its own specific area of focus, and learn more about Intel's individual contributions to each of them.

This information will help you understand Intel's involvement in each of these organizations and how to make use of Intel's contributions as well as how this translates into more efficient and optimized use of your infrastructure, leading to an enhanced and improved end customer experience. The first section to go live is on ETSI MEC Open Standards, where you can find information on Intel's role and contribution to this community.

Remember to also look at the Open Source page. We have added additional open source projects, including the Linux Foundation - Open Containers; Linux Foundation – OpenDaylight; and ETSI – Open Source MANO.*

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Gearing Up for 5G with New Open Source Solutions

In this episode of Intel® Chip Chat, John Healy discusses the theme of 5G and open source advancements. He emphasizes how open source projects like Open Source MANO (OSM)* and FD.io* ("Fido") are bringing communities of innovators together to expand and add more features and functionalities based on open standards for interoperability.

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Technical Spotlight

Technical Spotlight

Intel® Solution Blueprints Now Available

Intel® Solution Blueprints enable the ecosystem and end users alike to implement specific SDN and NFV use cases. Made up of cutting edge content ranging from Solution Briefs, Total Cost of Ownership, Case Studies, Implementation Guides to Training Guides this library is all you need to get your solutions to market.

Visit the new Intel Solution Blueprints page on the Intel Network Builders website for resources related to Gi-LAN, vE-CPE, vEPC, and vIMS.

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Testing OpenDaylight* Beryllium for Scale and Performance

Intel developers tested scale and performance of the OpenDaylight* Beryllium release. Learn how these engineers developed a novel way to test the scale of southbound interfaces such as OVSDB and NetVirt using an Open vSwitch Docker container, and hear about Intel engineers' contributions to the recently released "OpenDaylight Performance: A Practical, Empirical Guide" white paper. View the webinar here.

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Blog Post: Openness Is a Means to an End. The End is a System that Works.

What does openness really mean for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)? This is a question many in the industry are grappling with. Through a series of conversations, video interviews, and a survey by TelecomTV* in association with Wind River,* we're a little closer to understanding what openness means in this context.

At a high level, we found that the core requirement is not simply openness in itself, but rather, it is the perceived benefit resulting from openness. In this context "openness" implies a solution comprising hardware/software elements that work together and are interoperable. Openness also implies there is no "vendor lock-in," which is a concern for service providers.

Another big concern for service providers is carrier-grade availability and reliability; however, at this point this benefit is neither implied nor expected from an open solution. At the end of the day, building a system that works is most important. Openness is a means to that end.

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Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News
& Collaboration

Featured Publications

Radisys,* Sanctum Networks,* and Intel Aim to Help Communications Service Providers to Monetize New Services Quickly | Download the PDF

Read about the scalability and performance solution from Radisys and Sanctum Networks that enables a software defined networking (SDN)-powered programmable network services platform in this new solution brief.

 

 

Intel and Silicom*: Improving Virtual Switching Performance | Download the PDF

Data plane performance associated with virtual switching is a critical element in network functions virtualization (NFV) applications. Read about a new solution from Silicom that maintains very high data plane throughput and low latency while reducing the impact of virtual switching on a server.

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Partner Summits

Register Now for DPDK Summit USA 2016

The DPDK Summit USA 2016 will be held on August 10 and 11 at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. The DPDK Summit enables the DPDK community to meet face-to-face and discuss the future direction of the project in a variety of industries. The full agenda is still being determined; it will cover the latest developments to the DPDK framework, plans for future releases, and an opportunity to hear from DPDK users who have used the framework in their applications.

The summit is also currently accepting proposals for speakers. To submit a proposal for a full presentation or a lightning talk on any DPDK-related topic, email dpdk.summit@intel.com by June 24, providing the following details:

Click here to register for this event.

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Partner Releases

Red Hat* Powers Cloud-Scale DevOps with the General Availability of Red Hat Cloud Suite and Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8

Version 8 adds several new and critical tech preview features focused on improving network virtualization functions. With this release there is more assured predictable latency with real-time KVM, improved network I/O performance with DPDK-accelerated Open vSwitch,* and an OpenDaylight* networking plugin for customers intending to build a software defined network.

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Canonical* Unveils Sixth Long Term Support (LTS) Release of Ubuntu* with 16.04

Ubuntu* 16.04 includes support for Open vSwitch* integrated with DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit), enabling fast packet processing through userspace usage of compatible networking cards.

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Upcoming Opportunities

Upcoming
Opportunities

Social Hub

For our ecosystem's latest news, podcasts, webinars, blog posts, and more, visit Social Hub. Recent and upcoming contributions from our community have included the following:

Podcast: "Bridging Traditional and New Protocols," with Steven King, Executive Director of Sales at IP Infusion* - Listen Now

Webinar: "Intel & F5: Enabling Highly Agile, Fast, and Secure Network Transformation," with Benito Lopez, Senior Business Development Manager, F5; and Ryan Davis, Senior Solution Architect, F5* - Watch On Demand

Webinar: "The Challenge for the VNFM – How to Deliver on the NFV Promise," with Aidan Molloy, Senior Evolution Product Manager, and Gerry Donohoe, Openet* - Watch On Demand

Webinar: "Maximizing Profitability Through NFV Orchestration," with Dr. Archie Wade, CTO Staff, Network Optimisation Specialist, Aria Networks* - Watch On Demand

Webinar: "A Major Threat Looms to CSP and Enterprise SDN/NFV Success," with Jeremy Rossbach, Senior Product Marketing Manager, CA Technologies; Tim Diep, Director, Product Management, CA Technologies* - Register Now

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Join the Conversation on Twitter and NetworkIn

Intel® Network Builders offers a variety of online options for you to reach out to fellow ecosystem members between events:

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