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.
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, 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.
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:
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!
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:
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.
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.
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:
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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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.
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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