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

What's New?

Last Chance: Register Now for the Intel® Network Builders Workshop and Reception at SDN & OpenFlow* World Congress

If you are attending next week's SDN & OpenFlow* World Congress in The Hague, Netherlands, join Intel® Network Builders for an ecosystem workshop and reception on October 10.

The workshop will include presentations and panel discussions featuring operators, ecosystem partners, and Intel technology experts. Come to add your leadership voice to discussions on the latest developments relating to SDN, NFV, telco cloud, and security topics—as well as to participate in exclusive networking opportunities.

If you have already purchased a pass for the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, you will automatically have access to the Intel Network Builders Workshop.

If you are a member of Intel Network Builders and have not yet purchased a pass for the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, you can use the promo code on the Intel Network Builders member portal to receive a 20% discount off your registration cost for the congress. Once you have purchased your pass, you will automatically have access to the Intel Network Builders Workshop. Click here to purchase your discounted SDN & OpenFlow World Congress pass.

After the workshop, you're also invited to a VIP Reception co-hosted by Intel Network Builders and Red Hat.* Advance registration is required for this valuable networking opportunity. To register, visit the Reception Page.



Join Intel® Builders at the OpenStack* Summit in Barcelona

Intel® Builders is delivering a summit in conjunction with the OpenStack* Summit in Barcelona, and you are invited to attend. This one-day event on October 24 will gather partners across the cloud, network, and storage ecosystems and deliver an agenda with technical sessions targeted to developers, solution providers, and end users looking to deploy and manage OpenStack-based solutions into their business environments.

Join us for this technical summit and engage with experts conquering the complexities of deployment, keeping up with management and workload placements, and delving into technical deep dives and tutorials.

To register and see full agenda details, please visit the event page.



Save the Date! Intel® Network Builders End User Summit in December

Following on the success of our first End User Summit in Barcelona earlier this year, the Intel® Network Builders events program is ready to deliver another not-to-be missed engagement for our members and ecosystem partners.

Happening on December 5 in San Jose in conjunction with Carrier Network Virtualization, this event is a valuable opportunity for communications service providers looking to engage with our vast ecosystem of partners and align their deployment roadmap to the newest NFV and SDN technologies driving the transformation of the network.

Save the date on your calendar and stay tuned for more information and registration details in weeks to come.



Explore Network Transformation in a New Podcast Series

This month we launched a new video podcast series, hosted by Jim St. Leger, Data Plane Software Product Line Manager at Intel. The video series tackles some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities in transforming the network. The first episode covers the case for business transformation for communications service providers (CommSPs), describing how advances in virtualization and cloud technologies are shifting the landscape. Check out new episodes every two weeks through the end of the year on our YouTube* playlist or Social Hub. Future episodes will take a closer look at technology solutions, business use cases, and more. Tune in to find out how your business can benefit from network transformation here.


Technical Spotlight

Technical Spotlight

Catch New Installments in the Telco Cloud Webinar Series

Telco cloud represents an enormous opportunity for communications service providers to transform their business practices. This new series of webcasts on the Intel® Network Builders webinar channel examines the opportunities of telco cloud adoption and the possibilities it is creating for the industry.

"Software-Defined WAN: A Disruptive Intersection," with Rory Browne, Network Architect in the Network Platforms Group at Intel – Watch Now

"Business Transformation: On the Evolutionary Path to IoT and 5G," with Gloria Nogales, Market Development Manager at Intel, and Jesus Cabrera, Manager SDN/NFV Architecture Planning at Verizon* – Watch Now

"Profiting from NFV: Telco Cloud Revenue and Services Opportunities," with Keate Despain, Intel; Anthony Dornan, STL;* and Bala Thekkedath, HPE* – Watch Now

"Telco Cloud: Exploring the Tools and Technologies Powering the Ecosystem," with Steve Adams, Strategy Director in the Network Platforms Group at Intel – Watch Now

"Telco Cloud: Driving Service Transformation in the Telecommunications Industry," with Ben McCahill, Intel – Watch Now



Webinar: Quality of Service and Flow Management in OpenStack* Neutron

During this presentation, two areas of development in OpenStack* Neutron will be discussed. The first is quality of service; we will describe how to enable it, the back-end drivers it is implemented on, and the features currently available and in development. Extension interoperability in OpenStack Neutron will also be discussed, specifically in regards to the Open vSwitch* driver and the extensions use of the OpenFlow* tables.

Watch Now



FD.io* Second Software Release Now Available

The FD.io* Project, focused on the creation of high performance, flexible, and scalable software defined infrastructures, announces the availability of the community's second software release (16.09). The 16.09 release adds considerable functionality from across three of the FD.io projects in support of NFV/SDN usage targets. In addition to enhancing the core VPP (vector packet processing) data plane library, 16.09 adds a netconf/restconf Honeycomb management to manage the data plane components from an external OpenDaylight* controller, as well as a VPP plugin enabling network service header (NSH) service function chaining (SFC).

Visit the FD.io project for additional details on the release as well as pointers to the open source software and other resources.



Technical Training Events: Register Now

Catch technology experts from Intel and our partners at upcoming technical training events this fall in California. Space is limited at these events, so register now!

Intel & Citrix:* High Performance Networking & Network Function Virtualization

This event will focus on Intel® architecture and the Transport Layer Development Kit (TLDK), and how Citrix* is leveraging them for building scalable ADC appliances.

The topics will include the following:

Learn more and register for this event here.

Date: October 26, 2016
Time: 05:30 pm
Venue: Hacker Dojo, 3350 Thomas Road, Santa Clara, CA



NFV & Data Plane Optimizations: Tools and Tips

This tutorial will talk about how the problem of fast packet processing on standard Intel® architecture-based servers is solved using software and hardware acceleration like the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) and SR-IOV. The session will start with the basic motivation and design of DPDK and how it accelerates SDN/NFV components such as FD.io,* Open vSwitch,* and Berkeley Extensible Software Switch (BESS), and how it integrates with hardware solutions like SR-IOV. The hands-on sessions will focus on how to use Open vSwitch with DPDK and SR-IOV to achieve near-bare-metal performance. The session will end with tips and techniques of performance optimization on modern multi-core CPUs with some performance benchmark figures.

This event will be part of the IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks. For more information about the conference and the tutorial, visit the conference website.

Date: November 7, 2016
Time: Day-long event
Venue: Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel, 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA



Soft Switches and Network Function Virtualization in the Open Source World

With the advent of software defined networking and network functions virtualization, switching has moved from fixed-function ASICs to soft switches running on commodity hardware. There are various open source soft switches that do the function of forwarding traffic at line rate across VMs, including Open vSwitch,* Berkeley Extensible Software Switch (BESS), FD.io,* and Lagopus.* Each of these switches has a use case that motivated its advent. This meet up will present the background and architectural overview of each of these switches and the problems they solve in the SDN/NFV space.

Learn more and register for this event here.

Date: November 10, 2016
Time: 05:00 pm - 09:30 pm
Venue: Intel SC-9 Auditorium, 2250 Mission College Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA


Partner News & Collaboration

Partner News
& Collaboration

London Internet Exchange* to Use IP Infusion's* OcNOS* Network Operating System in New London Interconnect Platform

IP Infusion,* a provider of intelligent network software for telecom and data communications services, recently announced that London Internet Exchange* (LINX) will use IP Infusion's OcNOS* network operating system in their secondary London interconnect platform (LON2). After months of research and testing with new suppliers, LINX will adopt a disaggregated format for LON2 by leveraging the NOS from IP Infusion and the hardware from Edgecore Networks.*

For more information, please see the press release.

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Advantech,* Brocade,* GigaSpaces,* Saguna,* and Vasona Networks* Demonstrate Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) Advanced Service Delivery Proof of Concept at MEC Congress

Advantech,* Brocade,* GigaSpaces,* Saguna,* and Vasona Networks* showcased a joint advanced service delivery proof of concept (PoC) in the first ETSI* MEC PoC ZONE at the MEC Congress in Munich, September 20 to 22. The proposal was previously accepted by ETSI's Industry Specification Group for Mobile Edge Computing (ISG MEC). The joined MEC PoC, "Multi-Service MEC Platform for Advanced Service Delivery," showcases a single unified infrastructure, NFV-O, and cloud orchestration systems.

For more information, please see the press release.

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Creanord* Supercharges RFC 6349 TCP Testing with DPDK, Launches 100G vProbe VNF

New Creanord* Supercharged TrueTCP with RFC 6349 exploits DPDK to enable 1,000,000s of simultaneous TCP connections, extending turn-up testing to TCP to determine how many users the network can serve before, for instance, middlebox resources or a firewall connection table is exhausted.

vProbes running at speeds ranging from 1G to 100G can be spun up at central locations, intermediate points, or at the virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE), enabling capacity, health, latency, and connectivity monitoring, segmented or end-to-end, and now TCP SAT and troubleshooting.

For more information, please see the press release.

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Upcoming Opportunities


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 Ericsson,* Nokia,* and Check Point.*

Don't miss these webinars from our ecosystem:

"Hardware Load Balancers Don't Cut It Anymore: Why? What Should You Do?" with Ashish Shah, Director of Products at Avi Networks* – Watch Now

"Open Disaggregated Telco Cloud Using OpenStack:* Is It a Telco's Pipe Dream?" with Bala Pitchaikani, Telco Cloud Strategy at Mirantis,* and Deepak Rana, Network Systems Technology at Intel – Watch Now

"Using Enhanced Platform Awareness to Deploy Cloud-Based Business Services," with Nick St-Pierre, VP, Office of the CTO at Sandvine,* on October 11 – Register Now

"Using Intel® Open Network Platform & Intel Networking Enhancements to Develop vCPE Use Case," with Max Kaminsky, CTO and Cofounder at Brain4Net,* on October 18 – 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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