Intel supports edge network innovation with OpenNESS and new processors

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Rajesh Gadiyar, Vice President, Data Center Group & CTO Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation

Whilst the industry has come a long way in its network transformation journey, several challenges still remain. Intel believes more cloud-ready and cloud native solutions are required, to give CSPs the flexibility to move workloads around in the cloud. The move from appliances to network virtualisation created some platform dependencies and what is still needed is a layer of device abstraction. Intel also believes that developers and open source communities will play a critical role in the success of 5G, which is just as much about supply chain innovation as it is about technology innovation. The network edge, particularly telco aggregation sites and central offices, will be a key area of focus. Intel’s OpenNESS (open network edge services software) reference software toolkit has been designed to abstract the complexity of the network and provides an easy route to “network-as-a-service” capabilities for developers, to help foster and grow the next wave of edge applications.

Intel has also unveiled its next generation xeon scalable processor, Cascade Lake, which is a 5G-ready platform that supports network optimized SKUs. Intel has also developed NFV-specific SKUs (N SKUs) that support virtualised workload acceleration for NFVi, and which can lead to a 76 per cent performance gain in virtual switches compared to previous processors.

Filmed at ONS North America 2019, San Jose, United States

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