Reducing the Friction in Network Transformation
The industry has mobilized and is fully behind the quest to deliver on the network transformation. The economics (see any of the number of multi-billion dollar market forecasts out there) and growing number of deployments are reminiscent of the first days of the cloud market. It seems an inevitability, and the question is not "if" but "when?". For the drivers of network transformation, the answers "soon" and "now" are imperative as the industry move to 5G looms ahead!
But actions are what separates wishes from plans, and we're acting on many fronts to make this happen. Intel has long invested in optimizations in our architecture to make IA platforms compelling, performant foundations for NFV solutions from core to edge. This includes hardware capabilities in the CPU, memory, IO and storage subsystems. It includes sizable efforts in software enabling for packet processing and other key network workloads.
Beyond that, Intel has invested effort to bring ecosystems together to enable the necessary innovation and standards collaboration in key vendor-, industry-, and community-led projects to make interoperable, ready-to-buy solutions. With Intel® Network Builders and Intel® Network Builders University, we've helped provide the catalyst for bringing vendors and service providers together to build and promote solutions and develop the skills needed to make NFV operational for more customers.
The momentum is solid, but there is more to do—and it still requires the full ecosystem. The friction and overhead of dealing with both the complexity and low-level configuration and tuning of bespoke, "roll your own" solutions or the difficulty of trying to make "one-size fits all" fit any organizational need is a pretty stiff challenge for those that want to adopt NFV and takes the focus away for the ecosystem from value add and innovation. We've been working with carriers and others in the ecosystem on solutions to this challenge and the potential is exciting. Over the next months we look forward to sharing new initiatives and platforms that can even further accelerate the development, deployment, and adoption of NFV solutions into production network environments. Stay tuned—more to come!
Senior Director, CoSP Business Acceleration Team
Intel® Network Builders University Offers Courses on New Topics, in New Languages
Transforming the network is a global effort, and the Intel® Network Builders University is accelerating the transformation by creating educational materials in multiple languages. The program is excited to release an additional six courses in Spanish and introduce 12 in Portuguese. You can now access all eight of the below foundational courses in three languages:
You will also find four courses covering virtual enterprise customer premises equipment (vE-CPE) in three languages:
In addition to the multi-language material, there is a new course called Network Functions Virtualization that discusses how Intel technologies are used to create a highly efficient 5G infrastructure for next-generation services. There are 19 total new courses added to the university this month with even more informative content on the way, so log in and experience it firsthand.
Intel Network Builders University is one of three learning centers in Intel® Builders University, which also includes the Intel® Cloud Builders University and Intel® Storage Builders University. Intel Builders University offers software defined infrastructure–focused technical training for communication service provider customers, enterprise customers, and ecosystem partners. It is a resource to accelerate the deployment of virtualized technologies through education.
The online portion of the University is available through a simple registration here. Registrants have access to all of the content in the three learning centers and the new courses added each month. Please take a look, and after exploring the offerings, let us know what content you would like to see added to the university.
Register Today for the Intel® Network Builders Summit at Network Virtualization Europe
Time is running out to register for the upcoming Intel® Network Builders Summit in Madrid on May 29. Register today to hear firsthand from communications service providers and representatives from our mature ecosystem of partners who are working together to accelerate proven and tested solutions to market. The event will include representatives from Telefonica as well as Adva Optical Networking, Advantech, Iricent, Netcracker, NetNumber, Netrounds, PacketFront Software, Silicom, Telco Systems, and VMware.*
The full agenda is being posted on the event website. Use the details below to register today and get a 50 percent discount on your registration.
Date: May 29
Location: Meliá Avenida América, Madrid, Spain
Register here, and use the code Intel25 to get a 50 percent discount on your registration.
Apply Today for the Verizon* Media Tech Venture Studio Project
Recently, Verizon Ventures* announced the launch of Verizon Media Tech Venture Studio, in partnership with R/GA Ventures.* Through May 30, the program is accepting applications from growth and early-stage companies with disruptive technologies that will shape the future of digital entertainment and media consumption. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, content creation and personalization, VR/AR, AI, image recognition, content distribution, interactive advertising, e-sports, and other emerging digital media platforms.
Through this program, up to 10 companies will receive $100,000 in funding and have the opportunity to work closely with Verizon Ventures and Verizon's digital media businesses to develop and scale technology projects. In addition, they will have the chance to work directly with R/GA's strategic marketing, consulting, branding, design, and technology teams. Participants will have access to both companies' networks of investors, mentors, and global brand leaders from Fortune 100 consumer, enterprise, and technology companies.
Startups from around the world can submit their applications through May 30, 2017. Selected companies will work in New York City, hosted at a brand-new Verizon co-working space. Participants will directly interact with product leaders from Verizon, AOL,* and Verizon Labs. The program will run from July 31, 2017, through mid-November, concluding with an invite-only Demo Event at which each company will have the opportunity to present to investors, industry leaders, and press.
If your company is interested in submitting an application or you have questions about the program, visit www.verizonventurestudio.com.
Networking Industry Leaders Join Forces to Expand New Open Source Community to Drive Development of the DPDK Project
In April, the Linux Foundation,* the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, announced that the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) Project community moved to The Linux Foundation. Since the DPDK open source community was established at DPDK.org in 2013, it has been continuously growing in terms of the number of contributors, patches, and contributing organizations, with 10 major releases completed including contributions from over 400 individuals from 70 different organizations. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral home that promotes collaboration around open source technologies, such as a technical governance model that enables the growth of developer communities.
What's Now and What's Next for Innovative Media Experiences at NAB Show
In this blog post from last month's NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, Jim Blakley, Visual Cloud Computing General Manager at Intel, discusses the revolution he sees that is creating innovative media experiences. He writes about the investments that Intel is making to unleash the power of cloud computing for the media and broadcast industry, including a recently announced collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University on a three-year, $4.125 million research program to develop a range of visual cloud capabilities that advance media creation, data center graphics, immersive media, and media analytics.
Welcome Our New Ecosystem Partners and End Users
This video shows how to use DPDK with the Intel® Multi-Buffer Crypto for IPSec library, using one of its crypto drivers to communicate with the library and perform crypto operations on packets received from a network device.
This video steps through the process to build and run DPDK using an Intel® QuickAssist device for cryptography, based on DPDK 17.02.
Learn how to build and configure the DPDK TestPMD application, and how to use it to check the performance and features of different network devices using DPDK.
Out of the Box Network Developers groups are expanding around the globe to offer opportunities for you to enhance your skills and work with fellow developers. This month, in addition to announcing upcoming programs, we are pleased to announce that the Out of the Box Network Developers Phoenix group will soon be posting events for developers in Arizona. If you live in the Phoenix area, be sure to join the group so you can to keep up-to-date with future events.
Apply Today for the Intel® Developer Zone SDN/NFV Dev Lab (Santa Clara, CA)
Want to learn how the open source components of software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) work in the new landscape of scalable, agile, and white box networking? This one-day lab will have deep-dive sessions and hands-on labs led by experts from the open source community and Intel. We'll cover the various hardware and software technologies the community has been working on to make the life of an SDN/NFV developer easier.
Through this lab, you won't just put your head down and learn; you'll work with other developers and leaders in the community and get inspired by them.
If you would like to attend, you must apply for consideration by June 2, 2017. The application can be found here. Please note: Your spot at the Developer Lab is not confirmed until you receive an email from Intel indicating acceptance of your application.
For updates and information on this event and how to register, visit the event webpage.
Date: June 13, 2017
Time: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Networking, Neutron on OpenStack,* and ONOS* Live Setup (Hillsboro, OR)
OpenStack* expert Jim Chamings will explain Neutron and how it works in OpenStack at the next Out of the Box Network Developers Portland meet up. Attendees will also see a live setup of ONOS* (Open Network Operating System) using virtual machines (VMs).
For information on this event and how to register, visit the event webpage.
Date: May 30, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Intel Auditorium RA1, 2501 NW 229th Ave., Hillsboro, OR
Platform Transformation for NFV and SDN (Ireland)
Join Out of the Box Network Developers Ireland at their next meet up on Tuesday, June 20. The topic will be about platform transformation for NFV and SDN.
Date: June 20, 2017
Time: 9:30 am
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