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Intel® Network Builders Newsletter
    November 2019
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What's New?

What's New?

Converged Edge Reference Architecture (CERA) Offers New Value Proposition to Enterprise Vertical Market Segments

Last month, Intel announced the Converged Edge Reference Architecture (CERA) for on-premises, a reference platform for enterprise vertical market segments—such as smart city, transportation, industrial, retail, and media—that enables new video and analytics use cases and delivers improvements in latency, data privacy, and reliability. Partner solutions based on CERA bring together hardware and software ingredients (including OpenNESS, the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit, and third-party VNFs) to support various workloads on a unified, universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) solution.

At SDN NFV World Congress, Intel® Network Builders partners Foxconn and QNAP announced on-premises solutions based on CERA, which were demonstrated at the event and will be available in early 2020.

Converged Edge Reference Architecture (CERA) for On-Premises/Outdoor: The key to scaling the edge to cloud wireless infrastructure network transformation is a unified compute platform that converges private wireless network with IOT. Learn More

QNAP Adopts Converged Edge Reference Architecture for Retail: QNAP Systems Inc. is trialing its QuCPE edge server that uses CERA on Intel® architecture servers to build platforms with an artificial intelligence (AI) framework to serve the needs of retail store operators. Learn More.

Foxconn Offers Converged Access Edge Solutions: Foxconn is developing two high-performance edge computing solutions based on CERA. Foxconn is utilizing this reference architecture to deliver new solutions for industrial edge computing and private wireless applications. Learn More



New Intel® Select Solutions from the Ecosystem

Advantech and Lenovo announced general availability of Intel® Select Solutions for Network in October. These solutions offer a faster and more efficient deployment path for verified, reliable infrastructure in network communications.

Advantech's SKY-8101D: The SKY-8101D is a 1U high performance server verified Intel® Select Solution for NFVI Forwarding Platform (NFVI FP) providing operators with faster access to optimized and stable server configurations that accelerate their NFV deployments. Learn More

Lenovo's SR650/SR630 Systems NFVI v2: To help communications service providers accelerate NFV deployments, Lenovo upgraded its validated configurations of Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 and SR630 Servers with 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors as part of the second version of its Intel® Select Solutions for NFVI. Learn More



Intel® Network Builders University Announces New Program and Courses on Open Network Edge Services Software (OpenNESS)

The Intel Network Builders University is excited to announce the launch of the new Open Network Edge Services Software (OpenNESS) program. The OpeNESS toolkit is designed to foster open collaboration and application innovation at the network and enterprise edge. OpenNESS is an open-source reference toolkit that enables the ecosystem to create and deploy new edge applications and services. This training program is designed to help developers quickly integrate OpenNESS and engage with a worldwide ecosystem of hardware, software and solutions integrators to develop new 5G and edge use cases and services.

The OpenNESS program introduces five new courses to the university this month. These courses include an overview providing a foundation for future training as well as a deeper dive into OpenNESS concepts and use cases. The trainings also cover OpenNESS architecture and include a demo and walkthrough of OpenNESS application.

Introduction to Open Network Edge Services Software (OpenNESS)

OpenNESS Concepts and Use Cases

OpenNESS Architecture

OpenNESS Application Demo

OpenNESS Application Walkthrough



More about the Intel Network Builders University

There are more than 203 courses available across five languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese & Korean), with new content released each month. The online portion of the university is available to Intel® Network Builders program members through a simple registration here and for the public here. Intel Network Builders University is one of three learning centers in Intel® Builders, which also includes the Intel® Data Center Builders University and Intel® AI Academy. Registrants have access to content in both learning centers.

Please take a look and after exploring the offerings, let us know what content you would like to see added to the university.



SDN NFV World Congress 2019 Event Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our Intel Network Builders Summit in conjunction with SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague. Delivered as a full ecosystem partner event, over 220 attendees heard first hand from industry experts on technologies driving the evolution of network. The agenda brought together keynote presentations and panel discussions focused on topics ranging from NFVI, Edge, uCPE, SD-WAN and 5G. We also announced our 2019 Winners’ Circle Awards and celebrated at a post event reception.

If you missed the event, be sure to check out links below:

Presentations from the Intel® Network Builders Summit

2019 Intel® Network Builders Winners' Circle



Welcome to Our New Ecosystem Partners and End Users

With more than 300 ecosystem partners, the Intel® Network Builders program continues to grow! We welcome new ecosystem partners: ASRock Rack, Celestica, DeepSight AI Labs, Hughes Systique, Myota, Ori, QNAP Systems, and T-Systems.

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


Technical Spotlight

Technical Spotlight

New Intel Experience Kits!

Intel teams are developing enabling open source software that addresses unmet industry needs in network solutions while optimizing the capabilities of Intel® Xeon® Scalable platforms and adjacencies. Please check INB Network Transformation Experience Kits site and INB Containers Experience Kits site to study the newly offered Experience Kits provided by Intel to enable delivery and adoption of NFV and cloud solutions based on open-source software and Intel technologies.



Meet-Up: Akraino, Networking & More

Join us in San Jose on December 3 for a series of talks featuring Akraino, SDN, Intel® RDT and more. Come for one talk or stay for all – it's a great opportunity to connect with industry experts and local open source developers.

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Spectrum Needs of Emerging License-Exempt Technologies

The wireless industry is entering an era of unprecedented innovation and growth. The continued proliferation of mobile wireless technologies and protocols like Wi-Fi along with the advent of 5G have combined to drive incredible growth, in terms of new applications, number of network-connected devices and overall data usage.

As with past implementations of new wireless applications, spectrum usage and availability are the primary considerations to ensuring the global success of these deployments.

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How Radio Access Network is Being Virtualized and the Role of FlexRAN

The next generation of the 5G network will have to handle large volumes of data generated from millions of devices. This means transforming the core telecom network from a fixed-function, hard-wired, appliance architecture to a software-based open hybrid cloud platform. One way that operators are looking to streamline the network is by virtualizing the radio access network or vRAN.

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Edge Computing and Akraino

This short video provides an overview of how edge computing is driving the 4th industrial revolution and how open source initiatives like Akraino* contribute to the future of networking.

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Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News & Collaboration

ASOCS' CYRUS 2.0 Delivers Flexible 4G/5G Indoor and Macro vRAN

Radio access networks are evolving to support an open, virtualized model for network agility and lower costs. ASOCS' CYRUS 2.0 leverages virtual RAN technology for a 4G/5G solution that is robust enough for macrocells and cost-effective for small cell and indoor networks.

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Enea, Intel Showcase Firewall-Protected Open Source SD-WAN

A pioneering reference solution combines open source SD-WAN and firewall software on an Intel® architecture-powered uCPE by Lanner using Enea NFV Access for virtualization.

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F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager on HPE ProLiant Servers Performance Benchmarking

EANTC was commissioned by Intel to verify the performance gain of Intel® Xeon® Gold 6252N processors compared to Intel Xeon Gold 6152 for a reference VNF, which is F5 Networks BIG-IP LTM virtual edition. The BIG-IP LTM was configured as a reverse proxy virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) to handle all the HTTPS requests from the clients, then decrypt and load balance the traffic to the pool of back end servers.

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Boost Network Responsiveness and Security with Lanner's new NCA-1513

Lanner recently released the NCA-1513, a desktop network appliance powered by Intel® Atom® C3000 CPU. The NCA-1513 features robust performance and Intel's QuickAssist Technology.

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Tech Mahindra Launches 5G-Enabled Solution to Build Wireless and Secure ‘Factory of the Future’

Provide end-to-end business and technology solution to enable manufacturers to achieve Industry 4.0 goals.


Social Hub

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 Akamai Technologies, Altiostar, Facebook, Google Chrome Media, Iconic Engine & Tiled Media, Netflix, Smart Embedded Computing, and Sony.

Don't miss these recent and upcoming webinars on the Intel® Network Builders webinar channel:

“4G and 5G virtual RAN, from LAN to WAN,” with Eran Bello, GM at ASOCS Inc. on November 19 – Register Now

“High Performance Cloud for the 5G Era,” with Jason Elliott, Head of 5G Market Development at Nokia; Mike Moore, Regional Product Manager at Nokia; and Chandresh Ruparel, Director, Ecosystem Strategy and Intel Network Builders at Intel on November 12 – Register Now

“How Cloud Native Core Network Helps Fulfill the Demands of 5G Services,” with Seshadri Sathyanarayan, Sr. Director of Product Management at Affirmed on November 7 – Register Now

“How to Produce Live 8K 360-Degree Media Events,” with Akamai, Iconic Engine, Intel, Light Reading and Tiledmedia on November 6 – Register Now

“Second-Generation SD-WAN: How to Deliver on Promises of Cost Optimization, Flexibility, and New Service Opportunities with Open Source,” with Amir Zmora, CEO at flexiWAN; Karl Momer, VP Product Management at ENEA; and Bill McDonald, Segment Manager for CPE/Edge at Intel – Watch Now

“Enhancing Subscriber QoE with Network Policy Automation and Machine Learning,” with Kamakshi Sridhar, PhD & Nicolas St-Pierre from Sandvine – Watch Now

“Connecting Vehicle to Everything. CV2X: Stepping Stone Tech for Future Cities,” with Mamtha Singam, Architect C-V2X and Anurag Agarwal, Solution Architect at CoE Wireless Technologies – Watch 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 our new Twitter handle: @Intel5GNetworks on Twitter* or use the Intel Network Builders hashtag, #IntelBuilders. You can also follow industry leaders from Intel via their Twitter handles.

– Brian Aherne, Director Communications Infrastructure & General Manager Intel Shannon – @aherne_brian

– Caroline Chan, Vice President, Network Platforms Group, and General Manager, Network Business Incubator Division – @CarolineChan5G

– Lynn Comp, Vice President, Network Platforms Group, and General Manager, Visual Cloud Division – @comp_lynn

– Tony Dempsey, Intel Network Builders Ecosystem, Marketing & Operations Manager – @tonydempc

– Rajesh Gadiyar, Vice President, Network Platforms Group and General Manager Architecture & Systems Engineering – @rgadiyar

– Bob Ghaffari, General Manager, Data Center / Network Platforms Group – @BobGhaffari

– Allyson Klein, Director of Marketing, Data Center Group – @TechAllyson

– Bryan Madden, Director of Cross NCLG Marketing Program Office – @maddsey

– Dan McNamara, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Network and Custom Logic Group – @DanRMcNamara

– Renu Navale, Senior Director, Edge Services & Industry Enabling, Network Platforms Group – @RenuNavale

– Jeni Panhorst, Vice President, Strategic Planning & Program Management, General Manager Network Platforms Group – @jeni_p

– Alex Quach, General Manager of Wireline and Wireless Core Networks Division – @QuachAlexander

– Cristina Rodriguez, Vice President, Data Center Group and General Manager, Wireless Access Network Division – @CristinaR_5G

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