Intel Software Adrenaline

Software-defined Networking and Services on Intel Platforms

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Planning Your Evolution to Intel® Architecture Evolution of service provider networks to SDN has been predicted for several years. The time has come for network service providers to plan their transition for competitive advantage. Thanks to recent microarchitecture developments, Intel processors now deliver the packet processing performance needed to support the growing demand for service edge capabilities. By virtualizing these workloads on Intel architecturebased edge infrastructure, network service providers can realize significant reductions in operating expenses while gaining the flexibility and scalability to compete in today's rapidly changing telecommunications market. In addition to working with equipment manufacturers, Intel is already exploring the benefits of SDN with several leading fixed and mobile network service providers in Europe, the Americas, and the Far East. In October 2011, Verizon revealed their intentions in public,5 and a number of network service providers and equipment vendors are expected to make similar announcements during 2012. Furthermore, Intel is working with Hewlett Packard* and Verizon* to test and validate a number of network functions on HP* ProLiant* servers using Intel processors, and to determine how cloud concepts and SDN techniques can best be applied to fixed and wireless networks. Look for more information on these exciting projects in the near future. The first step toward planning your evolution to network virtualization is to consider the impact of softwarebased approaches on your network. As you consider changes to your network design, ask your suppliers how they expect to handle the transition to open, cost-effective infrastructure that will support your service innovation needs. In the meantime, consider specifying Intel architecture-based equipment for your current network and service appliance requirements to facilitate future evolution to an SDN. For more information about Intel architecture, visit Various speakers, BroadBand Traffic Management Congress, London, November '11 1 Mark Roettgering, T-Mobile USA, eComm Conference, '09 2 Justin Rattner, Intel CTO keynote, Intel Developer Forum September 2011 3 "Ivy Bridge" announcement, April 2011 4 Stu Elby, VP Network Architecture, Verizon, Open Networking Summit, October 2011 5 INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH INTEL® PRODUCTS. NO LICENSE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, BY ESTOPPEL OR OTHERWISE, TO ANY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IS GRANTED BY THIS DOCUMENT. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN INTEL'S TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE FOR SUCH PRODUCTS, INTEL ASSUMES NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER, AND INTEL DISCLAIMS ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY, RELATING TO SALE AND/OR USE OF INTEL PRODUCTS INCLUDING LIABILITY OR WARRANTIES RELATING TO FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, MERCHANTABILITY, OR INFRINGEMENT OF ANY PATENT, COPYRIGHT OR OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHT. UNLESS OTHERWISE AGREED IN WRITING BY INTEL, THE INTEL PRODUCTS ARE NOT DESIGNED NOR INTENDED FOR ANY APPLICATION IN WHICH THE FAILURE OF THE INTEL PRODUCT COULD CREATE A SITUATION WHERE PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH MAY OCCUR. Intel may make changes to specifications and product descriptions at any time, without notice. Designers must not rely on the absence or characteristics of any features or instructions marked "reserved" or "undefined." Intel reserves these for future definition and shall have no responsibility whatsoever for conflicts or incompatibilities arising from future changes to them. The information here is subject to change without notice. Do not finalize a design with this information. The products described in this document may contain design defects or errors known as errata which may cause the product to deviate from published specifications. Current characterized errata are available on request. Contact your local Intel sales office or your distributor to obtain the latest specifications and before placing your product order. Copies of documents which have an order number and are referenced in this document, or other Intel literature, may be obtained by calling 1-800-548-4725, or by visiting Intel's Web site at Copyright © 2012 Intel Corporation. All rights reserved. Intel, the Intel logo, Intel Core and Xeon 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 0212/MS/SD/PDF Please Recycle 326846-001US

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