Intel Accelerates the Data Center and Telecom Network Transformation with New Reference Architectures

  Intel Accelerates the Data Center and Telecom Network Transformation with
  New Reference Architectures

 Reference Designs Built to Improve the Flexibility and Economics of Networks


  *Using standard x86 servers and programmable switches to deploy and manage
    virtualized networking infrastructure with software-defined networking
    will radically lower costs and enable datacenter and telecom networks to
    deploy new services.
  *Intel announces several hardware and software tools aimed to boost data
    center networking efficiency and performance, including Intel® Open
    Network Platform Switch and Intel® Open Network Platform Server reference
    designs and Intel® Data Plane Development Kit Accelerated Open vSwitch.
  *Several ISVs, OEMs and service providers including Big Switch Network*,
    HP*, NEC*, NTT Data*, Quanta*, Super Micro, VMware* and Vyatta* (a Brocade
    company) are building innovative solutions based on new Intel reference

Open Networking Summit 2013

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- April 17, 2013

Three strategic reference architectures that will enable the IT and telecom
industries to accelerate hardware and software development for
software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV)
were announced today by Intel Corporation at the Open Networking Summit

These reference architectures, aimed for the telecommunications, cloud data
center and enterprise data center infrastructure market segments, combine open
standards for SDN and NFV with industry-leading Intel hardware and software to
enable networks to be more agile and intelligent so they can adapt to changing
market dynamics. Integrating SDN and NFV on standard x86 platforms allows
lowering the acquisition and management costs as well as enabling new
innovative services never before possible in networking infrastructure.

“SDN and NFV are critical elements of Intel’s vision to transform the
expensive, complex networks of today to a virtualized, programmable,
standards-based architecture running commercial off-the-shelf hardware,” said
Rose Schooler, vice president of Intel Architecture Group and general manager
of Intel’s Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group. “The reference
designs announced today enable a new phase in the evolution of the network and
represent Intel’s commitment to driving an open environment that fosters
business agility and smart economics.”

Data centers and network infrastructure providers are under constant pressure
to support new, revenue-generating services in the public and private cloud,
yet the costs of building the infrastructure are often too high to do so. The
reference designs and development kits are an important part of Intel’s
strategy to enable the industry to move toward open, standards-based
technologies such as SDN and NFV. In doing so, telecommunications and cloud
service providers will be better able to reduce capital and operating expenses
while also delivering new services for revenue growth.

SDN and NFV are complementary networking technologies poised to transform how
networks are designed, deployed and managed across data center and telecom
infrastructure environments. By separating control and data planes, SDN allows
the network to be programmed and managed externally at much larger and more
dynamic scale for better traffic control across the entire datacenter. NFV
allows service providers to virtualize and manage networking functions such as
firewall, VPN or intrusion detection service as virtual applications running
on a high-volume x86-based server.

Many ISVs, OEMs and service providers are building innovative solutions on top
of Intel’s switch reference architecture, including ATT Foundry*, Big Switch
Network*, Chunghwa Telecom*, HP*, NEC*, NTT Data*, Quanta*, Super Micro and

“By decoupling the network from underlying hardware and enabling a new network
architecture based on industry-standard x86 technology, network virtualization
can transform the operational model of networking to help customers
dramatically lower operational and capital expenses,” said Allwyn Sequeira,
vice president, Networking and Security, VMware. “VMware and Intel have built
a strong relationship driving server virtualization on x86 platforms, and we
are pleased to be working together to continue this transformation through
network virtualization to enable the software-defined data center.”

“We share Intel’s vision of enabling the network transformation with SDN and
NFV across the telecom industry,” – said Atsuo Kawamura, General Manager
Telecom Carrier Business Unit, 1st Carrier Services Division, NEC Corporation.
“We are excited to work with Intel to design with the Intel DPDK Accelerated
Open vSwitch into our virtual Evolved Packet Core to deliver industry leading
packet throughput and performance on Intel architecture.”

The Intel® Open Network Platform Switch Reference Design

Codenamed “Seacliff Trail,” the Intel® Open Network Platform (ONP) Switch
Reference Design is based on scalable Intel processors, Intel® Ethernet Switch
6700 series and Intel® Communications Chipset 89xx series, and is available
now. The ONP Switch Reference Design will include Wind River Open Network
Software (ONS), an open and fully customizable network switching software
stack using Wind River Linux. Wind River ONS allows for key networking
capabilities such as advanced tunneling as well as modular, open control plane
and management interface supporting SDN standards such as OpenFlow and Open
vSwitch. Common, open programming interfaces allow for automated network
management, and coordination between the server switching elements and network
switches enabling more cost-effective, secure, efficient and extensible

The Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (Intel® DPDK) Accelerated Open vSwitch

Network architectures have traditionally been optimized for large packet
throughput to meet the needs of enterprise end-point applications. Intel is
executing a project aimed at improving small packet throughput and workload
performance that can be achieved on the Open vSwitch using the Intel DPDK.
Intel is specifically re-creating the kernel forwarding module (data plane) to
take advantage of the Intel® DPDK library. The Intel® DPDK Accelerated Open
vSwitch is planned to initially be released with the Intel® ONP Server
Reference Design in the third quarter of this year.

The Intel® Open Network Platform Server Reference Design

This server reference platform, codenamed “Sunrise Trail,” is based on the
Intel® Xeon® processor, Intel 82599 Ethernet Controller and Intel
Communications Chipset 89xx series. The ONP Server Reference Design enables
virtual appliance workloads on standard Intel architecture servers using SDN
and NFV open standards for datacenter and telecom. Wind River Open Network
Software includes an Intel DPDK Accelerated Open vSwitch, fast packet
acceleration and deep packet inspection capabilities, as well as support for
open SDN standards such as OpenFlow, Open vSwitch and OpenStack. The project
is in development now: the first alpha series is slated to be available in the
second half of this year.

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