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Simplified Networking Based on SDN and NFV

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Part I: SDN and NFV SDN for Communications and Networking Respond Quickly to Changing Market Requirements There are scalable Intel®-based platforms for all four layers of SDN architecture. For high-end networks, Intel Xeon processors are ideal for the orchestration, network applications and controller layers, as well as for virtualized switches in the node layer. Interoperable with virtual switches, Intel supplies the key components to build a physical switching platform for the node layer. It is based on the Intel® Ethernet Switch FM6764 for packet forwarding and an AMC module built with the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-26xx series for control plane functions. To remain competitive, today's network operators need to be able to respond to evolving markets and traffic types in a timeframe of hours and days rather than the months and years more typical of traditional carrier grade networks. The latest Intel® Platform for Communications Infrastructure opens the door for network service providers to gain unprecedented flexibility and control over customer offerings through the use of SDN and NFV. By virtualizing network functions on Intel architecture, network operators can more easily add workloads, such as DPI, geographic load balancing and power management, needed for services and cost reduction – thereby improving the bottom line. For more details about how to implement the node layer, see Part II of this series titled, "Implementing SDN AND NFV with Intel® Architecture." Intel developed reference designs for physical and virtual switches, called respectively: • Intel® Open Network Platform Switch Reference Design (Intel® ONP Switch Reference Design) • Intel® Open Network Platform Server Reference Design (Intel® ONP Server Reference Design) The high performance and flexibility of these designs is partly attributable to two key capabilities: accelerated packet forwarding and a common API between physical and virtual switches. Exceptional packet forwarding performance has been demonstrated using the Intel Data Plane Development Kit (Intel DPDK), a set of libraries whose source code is available for developers to integrate and/or modify for use in a production switch. The common API is called Open Networking Software (ONS), which implements OpenFlow and Open vSwitch, but also provides many more features that can make networks faster and more efficient. For more information about Intel® solutions for networking and communications, visit 1Source: "Network Functions Virtualisation – Introductory White Paper," published at the October 22-24, 2012 at the "SDN and OpenFlow World Congress", Darmstadt-Germany, pg. 3, 4, 9, http:// 2 Source: "Software-Defined Networking: The New Norm for Networks,", ONF White Paper, April 13, 2012, pg. 3, 7, 3 Source: "Software-defined networking (SDN)," by Margaret Rouse and Stan Gibilisco, June 2012, and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. 4Source: 5 Source: 6 Source: "OpenFlow-Enabled Cloud Backbone Networks Create Global Provider Data Centers," ONF Solution Brief, November 14, 2012, pg 5, Source: "FAQ: What is OpenFlow and why is it needed?," Jim Duffy of Network World, April 14, 2011, 7 8 9 Source: Results have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for informational purposes only. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. 10 Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) requires a computer system with an enabled Intel® processor, BIOS, virtual machine monitor (VMM), and for some uses, certain platform software enabled for it. Functionality, performance, or other benefits will vary depending on hardware and software configurations and may require a BIOS update. Software applications may not be compatible with all operating systems. Please check with your application vendor. Copyright © 2013 Intel Corporation. All rights reserved. Intel, the Intel logo, and Atom are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others. Printed in USA 0313/MS/TM/PDF Please Recycle 328827-001US

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