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

What's New?

Intel® Network Builders Membership Surpasses 200 Partners

This month, the Intel® Network Builders program passed yet another milestone and welcomed our 200th member company into our ecosystem. We are pleased to welcome new partners Adtran, AEWIN, Indra, Open System Consultants, Qwilt, and Trend Micro.

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

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New Open Source 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 Source.

Open source organizations foster industry-wide collaboration and innovation on technologies that propel the industry forward. Intel is a leading contributor to a number of open source projects within the NFV and SDN area. Intel's sponsorship of these open source projects includes platinum membership in FD.io, OpenDaylight, OpenStack, and OPNFV as well as membership in open source projects such as DPDK and Open vSwitch.*

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 source work that Intel engineers are involved in. Here you will find each open source project with its own specific area of focus, and learn more about Intel's individual contributions to each one.

This information will help you understand how to make use of Intel's contributions and how this translates into more efficient and optimized use of your infrastructure leading to an enhanced and improved end customer experience.

To find out more, visit the new Open Source page.

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Intel® Network Builders to Host First End User Summit

On May 31, in conjunction with Network Virtualization & SDN World, Intel® Network Builders is hosting its first End User Summit. To date, Intel Network Builders has a proven track record on enabling partner collaborations and Intel® architecture-optimized solution stack readiness. This summit is the next step in the network transformation journey, helping drive active collaboration between partners and communications service providers (CSPs) and other end users to grow deployment opportunities.

The day will include a variety of sessions and panel discussions, including the following:

Space is limited at this exclusive event. Register today by visiting our event page.

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Technical Spotlight

Technical Spotlight

Intel® Network Builders University Launches Orchestration Program

This month the Intel® Network Builders University is unveiling a new Orchestration training program. This marks the first of multiple courses focused on Intel's network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies for management and orchestration (MANO). The Orchestration program introduces the importance of management and network operation on the adoption of NFV.

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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Intel® Open Network Platform 2.1 Release

The new release of Intel® Open Network Platform reference architecture introduces added functionality, enhanced performance, and greater stability and includes support for Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4, Platform QoS, and OPNFV* KVM4NFV project.

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vE-CPE for Communications Service Providers

Increasing market pressures, such as the demand for new and enhanced services, and the search for more cost-effective solutions are driving communications service providers (CSPs) to adopt network functions virtualization (NFV). Click here to read more.

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Release of DPDK 16.04

The DPDK 16.04 release came out in April to the open source community at the DPDK website. The new release can be downloaded here.

This release is another significant milestone in growing and developing the community at dpdk.org. The release consists of 704 patches, and the number of contributors increased in this release to 102.

The major features in the release include:

For a full list of the features, please read the release notes. A webinar describing the new features in the release aired in April and can be viewed on the Intel Network Builders BrightTalk channel.

The Intel roadmap for the 16.07 release, which is targeted for release in July, was also recently published.

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Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News
& Collaboration

Featured Partner Publications

Understanding and Improving Performance in Network Functions Virtualization Environments | Download PDF

This white paper from Intel and VMware introduces key NFV infrastructure (NFVI) performance concepts and issues, giving communications service providers the tools they need to better understand and manage overall performance as they deploy NFV in their networks.

 

 

New Breed of Carrier Chooses ADVA Ensemble* for Intel-Powered NFV Solutions | Download PDF

DartPoints* is a data center innovator, having pioneered micro data centers aimed at small and medium businesses that need access to a highly convenient solution that offers tier-1 services. After a successful company launch, DartPoints turned to Intel® Network Builders partner ADVA Optical Networking* for a turnkey network functions virtualization (NFV) solution to help scale its business nationwide and expand their service offerings.

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Partner Summits

Intel® Network Builders Summit at NFV World Congress

Continuing with our mission of transforming the network through technical enablement, Intel® Network Builders hosted a full-day summit in conjunction with the NFV World Congress in San Jose in April. The event provided engaging panel discussions covering the new open source topics of FD.io and management and orchestration (MANO). Partners shared their leadership voice and insight on software defined wide area networks (SD-WAN), Gi-LAN, virtual CPE (vCPE), and interoperability. In addition to ecosystem-driven sessions and technical presentations, Verizon also provided a communication service provider perspective on 5G, the role of mobile edge, and the value that a vibrant ecosystem of partners provides when delivering proven solutions to the marketplace.

Thank you to all of the participating partners and speakers for making this a successful event.

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Upcoming Events

Intel will be at Big Comms in Austin, Texas, on May 24 and 25. Join us at this event to learn about the latest NFV innovations from Intel.

The first-ever official Ireland OpenStack Day will take place on June 10 in the Marker Hotel in Dublin. This is a great opportunity to meet the OpenStack Foundation chief executive, industry leaders, end users, and active community contributors/core developers, and share learnings! To secure your seat at this event, visit the EventBrite registration page.

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Partner Releases

FD.io Takes Over VPP and Unites with DPDK to Accelerate NFV Data Planes to Outright Nutty Speeds

In a recent blog post, Simon Dredge of Metaswitch* considered the implications of the new Fast Data project: "The recent formation of the Fast Data project (FD.io) by the Linux Foundation, with the subsequent contribution of Vector Packet Processing IP by Cisco and the strong backing of Intel, has laid the groundwork for a significant evolution in emerging NFV infrastructures," he says. "There was only one thing stopping me getting really excited about it: My own ignorance. Read as I get to grips with VPP and its potential, when combined with DPDK, for accelerating the NFV data plane to outright nutty speeds."

 

 

Record Breaking Performance Results on New Generation of Intel® Processors

The Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 family launched with 26 new world records on industry-standard benchmarks. In this blog post from Red Hat,* the company discusses the benchmark results that were announced with Red Hat Enterprise Linux* serving as the underlying platform.

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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: "Virtualizing Content Delivery Networks," with Anand Parikh, Senior Director of Business Development at Akamai Technologies - Listen On Demand

Podcast: "Adding Value to Virtual CPE," with Alexander "Sandy" McKinney, Director of Platform Software at Benu Networks* - Listen On Demand

Webinar: "Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN: Following Moore's Law," with Michael Wood, VP of Marketing at VeloCloud Networks,* and Sab Gosal, Segment Manager for Network Security & Appliances, Intel - Watch On Demand

Webinar: "Making Enterprise Networks as Easy and Cost-Effective as Wi-Fi," with Rajesh Mishra, Founder, President, and CTO at Parallel Wireless* - Watch On Demand

Webinar: "Secure Fog Computing and Networks," with Christian Gotare, Expert IP & Security Network, Clavister - Watch On Demand

Blog: "Telco Mission Critical: Enabling Advanced Media Processing in the NFV Cloud," by Sanjay Bhatia, Vice President of Solutions Marketing and Strategy at GENBAND* - Read 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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