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

What's New?

Intel® Network Builders University Expands with Diverse New Offerings

At the OpenStack* Summit in Barcelona, Intel announced the launch of the Intel® Builders University. This is an expansion of the Intel® Network Builders University, which now includes access to content from the Intel® Storage Builders and Intel® Cloud Builders programs.

Members of each Intel® Builders program have access to training material across all three domains (cloud, storage, and network), including material that is not available to the public. All members need to do to access the material is log in with their existing Intel Builders program credentials and click on the University tab.

The Intel® Network Builders University also launched a new OpenStack* program with two new courses and added a new course to the Intel® QuickAssist Technology program (membership in an Intel Builders program is required for access to Intel QuickAssist Technology trainings).

Anyone who has taken classes through Intel Network Builders University has been automatically enrolled in the Intel Builders University and can access the expanded curriculum at builders.intel.com/university.

If you are not a member of an Intel Builders program, you still can access many of the courses by creating an Intel Builders University account here.



Register Now for December's Intel® Network Builders End User Summit

The transformation of the network has moved from being an uncertain business opportunity to representing the necessary foundation for communications service providers (CommSPs) to meet evolving customer demands while staying competitive. The successful adoption of SDN- and NFV-based solutions is a fundamental step toward network transformation, and staying connected with a vibrant ecosystem of providers is the fastest and most assured path to achieve all the benefits of a virtualized network.

The Intel® Network Builders End User Summit on December 5 is an exclusive opportunity to engage with solutions providers, meet peer CommSPs, and discuss the latest solution innovations that will help drive your network and cloud services roadmap forward. The summit, held in conjunction with Carrier Network Virtualization, will deliver a full-day agenda with pertinent sessions and presentations on key network topics. It will also provide engagement opportunities for you and your company to connect with peers and customers who are also driving the network transformation effort.

Spaces are limited, so please register today to guarantee your place. For the most recent version of the day's agenda and to register, visit the End User Summit event page.



Welcome Our New Ecosystem Partners

With more than 210 ecosystem partners, the Intel® Network Builders program continues to grow! We welcome new partners Fortinet Inc., Intracom Telecom, KGP Logistics, L7 Defense, NextGen Inc., NIKSUN Inc., OneAccess Networks, and xFlow Research Inc.

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



Catch Up on the Network Transformation Video Podcast Series

This fall, Intel launched a video podcast series tackling some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities in transforming the network. Hosted by Jim St. Leger, Data Plane Software Product Line Manager at Intel, the video series addresses a new topic every two weeks. The latest episode, titled "Open Source Communities: Changing the Networking Landscape," features special guest Marc Cohn, VP Network Strategy for the Linux Foundation. Check out new episodes every two weeks through the end of the year on our YouTube* playlist or Social Hub. Tune in to find out how your business can benefit from network transformation.

Watch the Video



Finalists Enter Phase Two of the Verizon* and Intel® Network Builders Innovation Challenge

Congratulations to the six finalists of the Verizon* and Intel® Network Builders Innovation Challenge. Low latency category finalists were Artesyn,* Brain4Net,* and SpiderCloud.* Analytics category finalists were GENBAND,* Netrounds,* and Wipro.*

Finalists from each category are now entering phase two of the challenge, where they will have the opportunity to demonstrate their solution in the Verizon Network Visionaries Lab in Waltham, MA.

Check the challenge page for updates and more information. The grand prize winners will be announced on December 5 at the End User Summit.



Intel® Builders October Events

In a continued effort to drive ecosystem collaboration and spark the technical innovation that will transform the network, the Intel® Network Builders program continues to deliver a robust series of events. Most recently, our ecosystem gathered in the Netherlands for a summit in conjunction with the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, and took advantage of a vibrant agenda of keynote presentations, panel discussions, and technical deep dives. The day capped off with a reception co-hosted with Red Hat.* Presentations from the event will be posted to the Intel Network Builders member portal, so you can re-visit a favorite presentation or see what you missed.

The Intel Builders Summit in Barcelona brought together experts from our cloud, storage, and network ecosystems on October 24 at Pullman Barcelona Skipper. The event offered in-demand technical deep dives, delivered through six Intel Builders member presentations, two panel discussions, and two Intel-led tutorial sessions. It featured numerous powerful speakers from the industry, led by Gene Kim, an author, researcher, and founder and former CTO of Tripwire. His talk discussed how driving toward high-performing IT and DevOps implementation is analogous to general business management.

The day also included a number of important announcements for the Intel Builders community. The launches of the Intel® Builders University and the Intel® Builders Construction Zone were announced. For details on the latter program, log in to the Intel Builders member portal.

At the end of the day, partners made new business connections and informally discussed emerging technologies while enjoying a reception by the beautiful Mediterranean shore.

For information about upcoming Intel Builders summits, watch for newsletter announcements and visit the Intel Builders member portal.


Technical Spotlight

Technical Spotlight

Webinar: Open vSwitch* with DPDK in OVS 2.6.0

In this presentation by Intel software engineers Ian Stokes and Ciara Loftus, you will learn how recent contributions to the Open vSwitch* open source project have enabled further Data Plane Development Kit software accelerations in the datapath. The Open vSwitch 2.6.0 release provides users with a performant software data plane for network functions virtualization (NFV).

Watch Now



Technical Training: Apply Now for the Intel® Developer Zone NFV/DPDK Devlab

Applications are now being accepted for this two day event featuring training from Intel technical experts, hands-on learning opportunities, and a team competition.

The first day will be a DPDK deep dive, with the first half dedicated to the architecture and code of DPDK core libraries. By the end, you'll be able to play around with the IP pipeline sample app and develop the code around it. The session will end with a talk on how AT&T is using these technologies in a real-world PoC.

In the second day, you'll get your hands dirty with FD.io (a software switch), IPSec/containers, and ONOS. The day will end with you forming teams and proposing an open source project you want to work on. You'll get hardware access for 15 days after the workshop to work on your project, and you will need to submit your project before December 23. We will declare winners by January 12, and the winning teams will get a chance to speak at a subsequent event and other prizes.

For information on how to apply for this event and details on the competition and its prizes, visit the event webpage.

Dates: December 7 and 8
Time: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
Location: Santa Clara, CA



White Paper: Qosmos* Deep Packet Inspection Characterization

Packet classification is an essential part of most network functions. This paper characterizes a reference DPI VNF implementation using Qosmos* IxEngine* and running on Intel® Xeon® CPU.

Read the White Paper


Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News
& Collaboration

Ecosystem Updates

Versa Networks* Announces Partnerships to Accelerate SD-WAN Adoption

Versa Networks* and Advantech* recently announced a partnership to accelerate the industry adoption of NFV-based software defined WAN (SD-WAN) by combining Advantech's scalable range of white-box platforms with Versa Networks' SD-WAN and SD-Security software. Versa Networks also recently announced that it has established an open SD-WAN appliance ecosystem that includes Advantech, Silicom Ltd.,* and Lanner.*



Advantech* Enhances Remote Evaluation Service for Online vE-CPE White-Box Testing with Wind River* NFV Platform

Advantech* recently announced that they have joined forces with Wind River to make Wind River* Titanium Server CPE* available on Advantech white-box appliances based on the Intel® Xeon® processor D-1500 product family. The Wind River portal at Advantech will allow communications service providers (CommSPs) to remotely and securely connect to a fully functional network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) based on Advantech's FWA-3260 white-box appliance, for VNF onboarding using a pre-qualified set of virtual network functions (VNFs). Learn more in the press release.



Sandvine* Launches Traffic Steering Engine

Sandvine's* Traffic Steering Engine enables communications service providers to deploy service function chains in a straightforward, standards-compliant manner. The Traffic Steering Engine delivers carrier-grade scale and reliability in a completely virtualized solution, aligned with operators' NFV strategies, and is subscriber aware, making the Traffic Steering Engine the perfect enabler for today's subscriber-centric network services.



Featured Publications

Dramatically Improving the Cost, Flexibility, and Scalability of Video Transcoding

NFV orchestration of accelerated video transcoding increases throughput by more than six times when compared to using a standard server, while using one-seventh the number of server processor cores. This white paper describes a joint solution from Artesyn,* RIFT,* and Vantrix.*

Read the Paper



NFWare* Leverages Intel® Processors for High Performance Virtual Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation

Many communications service providers are adopting carrier-grade network address translation (CG-NAT) to extend IPv4 networks. NFWare* is leveraging Intel® technology to give CommSPs a virtualized CG-NAT solution that provides flexibility while maintaining the performance of a dedicated CG-NAT appliance.

Read the Paper



Intel and Netrounds* Bring Service Assurance to an NFV World

The rapid pace at which new services go from planning and design to live deployment means that service assurance has become a critical component of these services. Netrounds,* working with Intel and other leading players in the NFV ecosystem, has developed a fully software-based solution that assures the whole service lifecycle.

Read the Paper



Radisys* and Intel Deliver Agile and Flexible Rack-Scale NFV Infrastructure for Communications Service Providers

This paper details the challenges in deploying SDN-enabled NFV, how the Radisys* DCEngine* hardware and software architecture overcomes these challenges, and the benefits of this solution that runs on Intel® architecture-based servers.

Read the Paper



Brain4Net* and Intel Bring Integrated NFV/SDN Technology to Multiprotocol CommSP Networks

Brain4Net's B4N Service Platform enables CommSPs to operate their SDN and MPLS networks in parallel until they are able to phase out their MPLS routers in exchange for white-box switches based on SDN-based networking.

Read the Paper


Upcoming Opportunities

Social Hub

Catch Up with the Community on Social Hub

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

Don't miss these webinars from our ecosystem:

"Building Best-in-Class SD-WANs with Intel Compute Technology," with Vijay Sagar, VP of Product Management at CloudGenix,* on November 8 – Register Now

"Leveraging Intel's GPU and MSDK for NFV Migration & Multimedia Applications," with Avi Fisher, CEO of SURF Communication Solutions,* on November 15 – Register 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 @IntelNetwork on Twitter* or use the Intel Network Builders hashtag, #IntelBuilders.

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