Intel® Network Builders Newsletter
   SEPTEMBER 2015
 
What's New?
What's New?

Intel Announces New Initiative to Accelerate Network Transformation: The Intel® Network Builders Fast Track

IDF 2015 brought a tremendous amount of news to the network industry, and chief among the announcements was one by Sandra Rivera, Vice President, Data Center Group, and General Manager, Network Platforms Group, on Intel's new initiative to drive the transformation of the network: the Intel® Network Builders Fast Track.

This initiative maintains Intel's commitment to support the delivery of proven, optimized, and interoperable network solutions. Since limited solution delivery, an unclear path to deployment, and lack of interoperable solutions are still challenges faced by communications service providers on the path of transforming their network, the Intel Network Builders Fast Track will aim to ignite solutions delivery with collaborative tools, integrate proven solutions through blueprint publications and technical training, and optimize interoperability and performance through third-party testing.

To learn more about the Intel Network Builders Fast Track, please visit the initiative page and watch Sandra's webinar on the main benefits that this initiative will bring to our ecosystem.

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Intel® Network Builders Continues Growth with 170+ Partners, 7 End Users

We welcome our new partners who have recently joined our ecosystem, taking our count to 176. We're looking forward to great collaborations with A10 Networks, Acision, Aria Networks, Benu Networks, Brain4Net, CA Technologies, Canonical, Ciena, ClearPath Networks, Contela, Dorado Software, EANTC, Envivio, Ericsson, Hong Kong ASTRI, IP Infusion, KTNF, MATRIXX Software, NTELs, Oliver Solutions Ltd, QualiTest Group, RIFT.io, Sonus Networks, SUSE, UBIqube and Veryx Technologies.

To view our partners, please visit our Ecosystem Partners Page.

Our end user community is further enriching our ecosystem. We have expanded our base to seven end users with participation from communications service providers and enterprise. Our first enterprise to join is none other than Nasdaq. We look forward to future collaborations with our end users to help with rapid NFV deployments.

To view our end users, please visit our End User Members Page.

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Member Portal My Portfolio Launched for End Users and Partners

We are extremely pleased to announce a web-based customized portfolio that our end users can use to map their vendors landscape based on their use case requirements. Our partners can also use this new tool to gain exposure for their solutions in relevant categories.

Our goal is to ease our members through each stage of the adoption cycle for accelerating SDN/NFV deployments. As part of the adoption cycle, we help our members:

  1. Plan - by providing a simplified, custom mapping of the ecosystem whereby our end users plan their NFV roadmap and partners exhibit their solutions based on their areas of expertise. The My Portfolio tab in the Member Portal features an extensive search engine to explore, edit, and save categorized results.
  2. Connect - by fostering collaboration and matchmaking between our end users and partners based on their plan. This is enabled through our member directory and our collaboration tool, NetworkIn.
  3. Deploy - by fueling faster innovation for end users and partners to accelerate deployments. The My Portfolio tab facilitates confidential collateral sharing with partners of choice, initiating private groups, and much more.

To use our Member Portal and the newly launched My Portfolio features, simply log on here. If you are not a user, join now to get your customized portal view.

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Intel® Network Builders Ecosystem Banners Are Now Available

All ecosystem members are invited to visit the Member Portal and download a brand-new set of Intel® Network Builders Partner banners from under the Member Links.

Designed as a co-marketing tool, these banners can be used on partners' websites, as display ads, on printed marketing materials, and across social vehicles. Graphic files are saved in a variety of shapes and resolutions to better meet your co-marketing goals.

Please download the banners and signal to the industry your partnership with Intel today!

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Intel® Network Builders Website
Improved Capabilities for Increased Value

Our website has undergone a number of recent upgrades. Be sure to visit and check out new features including My Portfolio, mentioned above, and these updates:

  • Member Personalized Experience: We have upgraded the Member Area to include the ability to search the Solutions Catalog and save the search results. Additionally, ecosystem members can add and edit their products on this page.
  • New Website Structure: Content on the website has been organized to allow ease of use and give a better user experience. Check out the Resources section, with our Solutions Catalog and Library, and The Hub, which brings together blog posts from thought leaders, webinars from our ecosystem partners, podcasts, and more.
  • Advanced Site Search: A new site search tool has been added to allow users to find documents, blogs, videos, and catalog items easily and based on their categories.
  • Partner Microsites: An expanding ecosystem means more partner microsites have been added to the website. Be sure to check them out!

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Technology Spotlight
Technology Spotlight

Now Available: Intel® Network Edge Virtualization Software Development Kit (Intel NEV SDK) Targeted for Mobile-Edge Computing Development

Typically subscriber applications are deployed in the service provider's data center or as Internet applications. Mobile-Edge Computing (MEC) changes this model to allow applications to run on general purpose processor (GPP) servers at the network edge, close to the evolved NodeB (eNB). Running applications at the edge of the wireless network significantly reduces application response times and delivers better user Quality of Experience (QoE) to the mobile subscriber.

Intel® Network Edge Virtualization Software Development Kit (Intel NEV SDK) is designed to assist application developers in taking advantage of the opportunity enabled by MEC. The NEV SDK provides a full tool suite, a virtualized environment, and a comprehensive suite of reference libraries and APIs, which means the application developer does not need to be aware of the complexity and implementation attributes of the underlying mobile network protocols. The NEV SDK runs on the Intel® Xeon® general purpose multi-core processor. Applications developed using the NEV SDK can run on both the Intel® Xeon® and Atom® family of processors. This permits a scalable solution for different cellular network deployment scenarios, including small cells, aggregation sites, macro cells, and Cloud RAN (C-RAN).

In conjunction with the NEV SDK, application developers can use the LTE EPC and LTE eNB Emulators from Polaris Networks. These emulators are installed on PCs and provide an end-to-end simulation of the S1 interface. This allows application developers to validate their software works in a variety of network topologies without the need to invest in wireless network equipment.

Get more details on Intel NEV SDK here.

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Intel® ONP Wins Light Reading's Leading Lights Award for Most Innovative NFV Product Strategy 2015

At this year's Big Telecom event in Chicago, June 9 and 10, Intel was awarded the Leading Lights Award for Most Innovative Product Strategy 2015 for its Open Network Platform Program and the role it plays in accelerating NFV and SDN adoption.

Available today, Intel® ONP Server release 1.4 features enhancements that support the OpenStack Kilo release and introduces stability and technology enhancements contributing to Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA). These enhancements provide improved performance and precise balancing of workload demands to available platform capabilities when creating virtual machines. Other advances in this release leverage the interoperability features of open-source ingredients for easier integration into enterprise infrastructures, improve stability to better meet customer requirements, and optimize platform performance.

Stay tuned for Release 1.5, planned to be available on September 13, as ONP continues to add incremental innovation supporting SDN and NFV deployability, manageability, and stability.

Additional information on Intel ONP can be found on 01.org and the Intel Network Builders site.

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DPDK 2.1 Release

DPDK 2.1 was released on Monday, August 17, to the open-source software community at the DPDK website. The release was another significant milestone in growing and developing the community. In total, there were 827 commits in DPDK 2.1 versus 530 in the 2.0 release (a 56% increase), and 84 individual contributors in 2.1 versus 60 in 2.0 (a 40% increase). Thank you to all who provided content and support during this release cycle and towards the continued growth and evolution of the DPDK community. Some of the features in the release included the following:

  • Cuckoo Hash + Updated Jhash
  • IEEE1588 Support
  • PCI Hot Plug – PMD Support
  • Red Rock Canyon (FM10K) Features: fm10k promiscuous, mac vlan filtering, Tx checksum offload
  • Packet Framework Enhancements: New configuration file syntax; New implementation of pass-through pipeline, firewall pipeline, routing pipeline, and flow classification; Master pipeline with CLI interface
  • I40e Enhancements: Mirroring Rule, Double VLAN Strip/Insert, Unified Packet Type, Flow Director (L2_payload Type and VF Filtering)
  • VXLAN Offload Sample Application
  • Extended NIC statistics
  • Dynamic Memzone
  • Interrupt Mode
  • KNI multicast
  • KNI optimization
  • Check MBUF private area alignment
  • Indirect MBUF cloning

The new 2.1 release can be downloaded here, and the full list of release features can be viewed in the release notes.

Planning is now underway for DPDK 2.2, which is due for release later this year.

Additional details can also be found on Intel's website.

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Partner News & Collaboration
Partner News & Collaboration

Featured Solution Brief

Virtualizing the Mobile Base Station - Download PDF

ASOCS is a pioneer in the development of virtual radio access networks (vRAN), offering a fully virtualized base station solution (vBS) that uses a cloud architecture and technologies to decouple traditional base station software and hardware. vBS can be scaled to any size and placed at any number of network locations, limited in distance only by the requirement that it operate within the latency window for the radio access technology used.

Take advantage of all Intel Network Builders co-marketing activities and engage with your account owner for solution brief and microsite publications, webinar and podcast participation, and many other opportunities.

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Partner Summits

Intel® Network Builders Delivers Largest Summit to Date in Conjunction with IDF-2015

The Intel® Network Builders Summit, held as a Day 0 to this year's IDF-15, was a huge success. Thank you to all ecosystem partners who worked closely with us to deliver a solid agenda with executive panel discussions and technical workshops on the technologies driving the transformation of the network.

The summit, held in conjunction with the DPDK Summit, gathered hundreds of attendees as a combined audience for an entire day of engagement and an evening reception. Technical sessions from the Network Builders Summit are now available for download inside the Member Portal.

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Intel® Network Builders Events Calendar – Bringing the Engagement to You

Following on the footsteps of a great summit at IDF, we have a series of events where we will bring the engagement and networking opportunities to you.

Save the dates for the opportunities below and stay tuned for email invitations coming soon to your inbox:

  • Intel® Network Builders VIP Reception at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress. Happening on October 12 in Düsseldorf and co-hosted with Red Hat, this reception is a perfect opportunity to drive further key business engagements and meet all ecosystem partners attending OpenFlow.
  • Networking Drinks Reception at Broadband World Forum. Joining forces with Informa, Intel Network Builders will deliver three on-site receptions to enhance Broadband delegates' opportunities for peer-to-peer engagement and to learn more about the newly announced Intel Network Builders Fast Track. Intel Network Builders Members are invited to register to the Broadband World Forum with the promo code I8NA3/INTEL30 to receive 30% off the regular registration cost. Happening in London from October 20 to 22, this is Broadband World Forum's 15th anniversary, gathering 400+ operator companies and delivering 21 tracks of content across three days. Register here for Broadband.
  • Intel VIP Reception at the OpenStack Summit. Following on the great success of our VIP Reception at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, we are once again delivering a top-quality engagement opportunity for developers and administrators working to drive the newest trends on open-sourced solutions. Happening in Tokyo on October 27, this is a must-attend opportunity for ecosystem partners engaged with OpenStack.
  • Intel Network Builders Leadership Event at SDN World Asia 2015. Join us for an afternoon of ecosystem partner presentations where you will learn about the latest solutions and technologies driving network transformation. Happening October 6 in Singapore, our afternoon event will be fully integrated in SDN World Asia's broader agenda, and you are invited to register directly on the Intel Network Builders member portal.

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PARTNER RELEASES

Advantech Remote Evaluation Service 6WIND NFV Test Drive Portal

Remote test drive your VNF on the OpenStack platform, powered by Advantech hardware and accelerated by the 6WIND Virtual Accelerator.
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Affirmed Networks Releases TCO Report

Affirmed Networks released a total cost of ownership report that highlights the CapEx and OpEx benefits of NVF for virtual Evolved Packet Core.
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Overture Announces First Commercial Pure-Play NFV Deployment with Coalition of Global Technology Leaders

Overture announced Masergy will be deploying carrier-class NFV at the network edge using Overture's Ensemble Carrier Ethernet, the Brocade 5600 vRouter, and Fortinet FortiGate-VM firewall on the Overture 65vSE, which is powered by the Intel® Atom® processor and DPDK.
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Upcoming Opportunities
Upcoming Opportunities

Visit The Hub for the Latest Partner News

For our ecosystem's latest news, podcasts, webinars, blog posts, and more, visit The Hub. Recent contributions from our community have included the following:

Webinar: "Intel® Network Builders Fast Track," with Sandra Rivera, Vice President, Data Center Group, and General Manager, Network Platforms Group

Webinar: "Next Generation Enterprise Cellular Solutions," with Michael O'Dwyer, Sales & Marketing Director, Druid Software

Podcast: "Beyond POCs in Network Functions Virtualization," with Michael O'Malley, VP of Strategy and Business Development at Radware

Podcast: "Creating the Engine for Online Entertainment," with Sven Freudenfeld, Business Development of Telecom and Cloud Infrastructure at Kontron

 

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