Edge: Accelerating Services at the Edge with Intel® Smart Edge | Exec Fireside

Release Date:
Wednesday, 10th November, 2021
Renu Navale, Vice President, Data Platforms Group, General Manager, Smart Edge Platforms Division, Intel Corporation
Ray Le Maistre, Editorial Director, TelecomTV

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The edge is transforming the way we live and the way our customers do business. 5G, AI, and the intelligent edge are among the superpowers that fuel edge computing which is providing new streams of monetization for enterprises and service providers. Intel is at the forefront of delivering edge innovations with a complete portfolio of hardware, software, and accelerators highly optimized for the edge. The Intel® Smart Edge portfolio provides Kubernetes-based edge software solutions that provide the foundations for a cloud-native service infrastructure delivering powerful optimizations for onboarding and managing applications and network functions across all edge locations: On-Premise, Access and Near Edge. The Smart Edge Open toolkit provides critical capabilities and pre-validated experience kits that customers leverage and adopt as they build their edge platforms, while the commercial software, Smart Edge offers a ready to deploy, turn-key offering from Intel delivering advanced MEC for on-premise such as private wireless deployments. In this session, you will hear how we are accelerating edge deployments with Smart Edge and enabling the ecosystem with easily consumable, use-case specific reference implementations and scalable blueprints.


Renu Navale

Vice President, Data Platforms Group, General Manager, Smart Edge Platforms Division, Intel Corporation

Renu N. Navale is vice president in the Data Platforms Group and general manager of the Smart Edge Platforms Division at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for overall strategy, software and platforms that strengthen Intel’s presence in the network edge computing business sector. She also leads ecosystem enabling for the Network Platforms Group (NPG) to accelerate network and edge transformation, and she fosters scale and industrywide collaboration through open-source initiatives.

Navale joined Intel in 2004 with extensive experience in networking and software. During her Intel career, she has held positions in strategic planning, product management, software marketing and engineering, and in 2015, she earned an Intel Achievement Award, the company’s highest recognition.

Before assuming her current role in 2017, Navale served as technical assistant and chief of staff to the vice president and general manager of NPG. Earlier in her Intel career, she oversaw the creation and launch of the Intel® Network Builders program. Her tenure at Intel also includes managing the strategic planning team in the Internet of Things Group’s automotive division, where she led autonomous driving and connected car strategies.

Before joining Intel, Navale worked on wireless, VoIP and network management technologies at Nokia Networks. Her achievements were recognized twice with the company’s highest award for software design and innovation during her eight-year tenure.

Navale holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from Bangalore University in India, a master’s degree in computer science and engineering from Arizona State University, and an MBA degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She has published multiple papers on topics related to wireless technologies.

An active champion of STEM education, Navale volunteers as a programming coach and science fair mentor and judge. She also champions diversity and inclusion efforts for NPG as part of the People First initiative.


Ray Le Maistre

Editorial Director, TelecomTV

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