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Intel® Network Builders Newsletter
    NOVEMBER 2017
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What's New?

What's New?

Intel® Network Builders Winners' Circle: Awarding Solution Advancement and Technical Innovation

In keeping with Intel® Network Builders' goal of accelerating network transformation and promoting solution innovation, last month Intel announced it will launch the Intel® Network Builders Winners' Circle program. This program is aimed at recognizing and awarding networking and communications ecosystem partners that are leading the industry with flexible, optimized, and tested solutions.

Open to all Intel Network Builders ecosystem partners, the Intel Network Builders Winners' Circle program will involve contests on a semiannual basis. The entries will be judged against a set of guidelines aligned with the industry's transformational needs, industry initiatives, and innovative solutions.

The winners will be awarded with a comprehensive co-marketing and promotions benefit package with Intel including participation in relevant end-user events and programs.

For more information about the Intel Network Builders Winners' Circle program, read this blog post by Chandresh Ruparel, Director, Ecosystem Strategy and Intel Network Builders. For additional information about the contest, key dates, guidelines, and the process for submitting entries, please contact your Intel Network Builders alliance manager or account representative.

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Intel® Network Builders University Offers New Courses on SDN Testing, vIMS

The Intel® Network Builders University provides relevant educational content to ecosystem partners and end users so they can stay current on the newest technologies and innovations affecting network transformation. New material is added to the curriculum offering each month. There are now more than 100 courses available across four languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese) through Intel Network Builders University.

This month's new content:

The online portion of Intel Network Builders University is available to all Intel® Network Builders program members and the public through a simple registration here. 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. 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.

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Welcome Our New Ecosystem Partners and End Users

With more than 265 ecosystem partners, the Intel® Network Builders program continues to grow! We welcome new partners Aethra Telecommunications,* Altran,* and Data Ductus,* and new end user member C Spire.*

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

 

Technical Spotlight

Technical Spotlight

Register Now for the OPNFV* Euphrates Plugfest

The fourth OPNFV* Plugfest, focusing on the Euphrates release, will take place December 4 to 8 in Hillsboro, Oregon, at Intel's Jones Farm Conference Center. The OPNFV Plugfest is a hands-on, technical event consisting of both preplanned and ad-hoc test activities, including interoperability of the OPNFV platform in deployment, network integration, VNF applications, etc. While the agenda for this Plugfest is still under development, planning is underway.

Both OPNFV members and non-members are welcome to attend. At the OPNFV Plugfest, open source and commercial vendor solutions give end users and vendors the ability to try new hardware, installers, scenarios, test cases, and tools while coming together as a community and solving problems collaboratively. The presence of project technical leads and many technical experts makes it easy to solve problems and get feedback.

To see outputs from the last OPNFV Plugfest, read this white paper and blog.

The event is free to attend, and there is no registration deadline. However, space is limited, so secure your spot today. Learn more at the event webpage.

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Out of the Box Network Developers Events

Intel® VNF Next Virtual Conference

On November 13, join Intel® VNF Next Virtual Conference to further your VNF skills. Attendees will learn valuable tips and tricks from field experts on how to develop and manage VNFs for 5G and IoT use cases. There will be 20 featured talks, and hands-on virtual demos and labs.

Don't miss out! For more information and to register, visit the event webpage. Please email louisa@bemyapp.com if you have any questions.

This conference is designed to help VNF developers get ready for the next generation of containerized, high-performant VNF requirements for 5G and IoT. Participation in this conference qualifies you to participate in a plugfest to follow in December, where you can show off your VNFs to the industry on a common Intel architecture-based platform.

Check your local Out of the Box Meet Up site for information on watch parties:

Santa Clara

Phoenix

and other locations TBA

 

 

December VNF Plugfest

To follow the November event, the global community of network software developers is invited to a full-day virtual conference with three tracks of deep-dive technical discussions, hands-on trainings, and labs on VNF containerization, 5G/IoT use case support, and zero-touch environment management. Stay tuned for more details.

 

 

Register Now for ETSI* NFV PlugTest*

ETSI's* Centre for Testing and Interoperability is organizing the second NFV Plugtests* event on January 15-19, 2018. The event will be hosted in ETSI's headquarters in Sophia Antipolis, France.

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How to Identify Remote Socket I/O Access Issues for DPDK-Based Applications

This recipe applies the General Exploration analysis of the Intel® VTune™ Amplifier to analyze a DPDK-based application for potential misconfiguration problems on a multi-socket system.

The optimization technique used in this recipe relies on the Intel® Data Direct I/O Technology.

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Configuration and Performance of Vhost/Virtio in Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK)

Learn how to configure mergeable, vector, and non-mergeable Tx/Rx paths for DPDK vhost/virtio. Compare performance numbers using testpmd in a Physical-VM-Physical test.

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An Overview of Advanced Server-Based Networking Technologies

This guide is an overview of tools for advanced technologies in SDN and NFV. It covers DPDK, Open vSwitch,* SR-IOV, FD.io,* and VPP, and describes virtualization scenarios using one or more of the tools.

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Intel® QuickAssist Technology: OpenSSL1.1.x + QAT Engine

This video provides in-depth instructions to install and configure Intel® QuickAssist Technology with OpenSSL1.1.0.

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Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News
& Collaboration

Webinar: NFVI as a Foundation for Service Value at the Network Edge

The network edge plays a crucial role for the success of new services such as vCPE. In this on-demand session, Nicolas Bouthers, Chief Technical Officer at Qosmos, a Division of Enea;* Chandresh Ruparel, Director, Ecosystem Strategy and Intel Network Builders at Intel; and Paul Parker-Johnson, Principal Analyst at ACG Research,* discuss how NFV infrastructure software can ensure service flexibility, performance and cost-efficiency, while creating new business value based on capabilities such as service chaining.

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Featured Publications

Radisys,* Intel Deliver Telemetry Framework for Cloud Services

CommSPs are rapidly deploying systems to grow and scale cloud environments, which is populating their cloud data centers with hardware from multiple vendors. Among other challenges, each vendor solution can bring varying telemetry functions. In this proof of concept, Radisys DCEngine cloud server platform demonstrates support for Redfish* open standard telemetry across multiple Intel® Xeon® platforms.

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Veryx,* Intel Aid Workload Placement on OpenStack*-Managed Cloud

Veryx vProbe* works as a component of Veryx SAMTEST* and Veryx RETINA* products for benchmarking, active performance monitoring, activation testing, and diagnostics for traditional IP and Ethernet networks and those based on NFV and SDN.

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Intel® Select Solutions for NFVI
Ubuntu* Configurations

The Intel Select Solution for NFVI with Ubuntu* delivers a choice of optimized virtual network configurations verified for complex communications workloads on agile and reliable infrastructure.

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Intel® Select Solutions for NFVI
Red Hat* Configurations

The Intel Select Solution for NFVI with Red Hat* Enterprise Linux* provides a roadmap to building optimized, next-generation network functions virtualization infrastructure servers for communications workloads.

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Ecosystem Updates

New Array Networks* Platform Streamlines NFV Deployment

Array Networks* has released a line of Intel-based network functions platforms, comprising virtualized hardware appliances that are purpose-built to run networking and security virtual appliances and virtual network functions. The AVX Series abstracts and streamlines network functions virtualization (NFV) deployment for managed service providers (MSPs), enterprises, and others, obviating key inhibitors to NFV deployment.

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Akamai Aura*: The Case for a Virtualized CDN (vCDN) for Delivering Operator OTT Video

Akamai Aura* Licensed CDN (LCDN) is a cloud-native solution that is seamlessly deployable on various physical or virtual infrastructures. When instantiated as a virtual content delivery network (vCDN), it can operate across a range of virtualized infrastructures such as public clouds, private clouds, conventionally virtualized data centers, and all types of NFV deployments at different operator network vantage points. This paper motivates the case for vCDN by addressing specific challenges faced by operators in delivering over-the-top (OTT) video, and how such challenges can be solved through a step-wise path to virtualizing network infrastructure.

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Intracom Telecom* Test Platform on Wi-Fi Services Virtualization Together with MGTS* Russia

Intracom Telecom* jointly with MGTS,* one of the largest wireline telecom operators in the CIS, successfully completed the tests of Intracom Telecom's Virtualized Wi-Fi Services Platform. The pilot deployment was performed at MGTS's testing center, where Intracom Telecom's Virtualized Wi-Fi Services Platform, harnessing the power of SDN and NFV technologies, provided virtualized network functions (VNFs) over Wi-Fi Access Points used in MGTS's network.

Spyros Sakellariou, SDN/NFV Portfolio Manager of Intracom Telecom, added: "Intracom Telecom has been investing in the SDN and NFV domain for the last three years. The solution we have developed is unique and enables MGTS to capitalize their existing Wi-Fi infrastructure by providing additional services to their customers."

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INE Network Emulator Range Adds Cisco* QoS, Wireshark*-Like Classification, and Packet Generation

iTrinegy,* specialists in mitigating risk associated with application performance over networks, recently announced general availability of INE Version 8.5 Network Emulator. This latest version adds multiple significant new capabilities to the company's award-winning INE (INE Enterprise and INE Ultra) range of wide area network (WAN) emulators, including Cisco* QoS Class of Service Handling and Traffic Shaping, Wireshark*-like packet filtering, and built-in traffic generation.

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Social Hub

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. Recent contributions from our community have included podcasts from ACS,* Indeni,* and Radiator.*

Don't miss these webinars from our ecosystem:

"World Wide Technology Solution NFV Validation Services," with W. Brooke Frischemeier, Product Line Manager NFV Solutions, World Wide Technology – Watch Now

"High Performance Real Time Computing For Tactical Military Systems," with Ken Jackson, CEO at Concurrent Real-Time,* and Robert Persons, Sr. Sales Architect at Artesyn Embedded Computing,* on November 9 – Register Now

"vCPE and vPE: Gateway to Service Agility and Virtualization," with Shaji Nathan, VP of Product Marketing at IP Infusion,* and Srikanth Krishnamohan, Director of Business Development at IP Infusion, on November 16 – Register Now

"Preparing for Converged Future: Virtualizing Your fixed & Mobile Access Network," with Robin Ku of CableLabs,* Gibson Ang of Casa Systems,* and Eric Heaton of Intel, on November 21 – Register Now

"Realizing the Value of NFV with Universal Customer Premises Equipment (uCPE)," with Vickie Lonker of Verizon,* Prayson Pate of ADVA Optical Networking,* and Nicolas Thomas of Fortinet,* on December 7 – 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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