Intel is laying the foundation for cloud-ready networks

Intel is working closely with industry leaders, including Cisco, Ericsson, SK Telecom and Verizon to accelerate the move toward more flexible and responsive networks today and to lay the foundation for future 5G networks

New offerings in the Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 Product Family provide a foundation for extending intelligence from the network core to the edge for improved performance and lower latency.

The nine new processors offer high performance, low power and twice the maximum memory  of previous generations in an integrated System-on-a-Chip, making them well suited for various networking, cloud storage, enterprise storage and IoT applications that operate in dense, rugged environments.

More than 50 networking, cloud storage, enterprise storage and IoT system designs using the Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 Product Family are in development.

The new Intel Ethernet Multi-host Controller FM10000 Family combines proven Ethernet technology with advanced switch resources for use in high performance communications network applications and dense server platforms. With up to 200Gbps of high-bandwidth multi-host connectivity and multiple 100GbE ports, it delivers exceptional packet processing capability and significantly reduces performance bottlenecks in moving network traffic within and between servers.

The new Intel Ethernet Controller X550 family is a low-power, cost-effective 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity solution that can offer a performance boost to data center servers and network appliances.

Intel is also actively driving a networking ecosystem and has grown the Intel Network Builders program to more than 180 companies. In August 2015, Intel introduced the Intel Network Builders Fast Track to increase the pace of innovation in the networking ecosystem by optimizing hardware and software solutions, supporting technology integration within the ecosystem and driving interoperable solutions.

Red Hat is the first ISV to actively contribute to all key focus areas of the Intel Network Builders Fast Track. Red Hat brings strong expertise in commercializing open source technologies and has a longstanding collaboration with Intel to deliver standards-based solutions to the telecommunications industry.

Through the expanded collaboration, the two companies will work together on optimizations to deliver carrier-grade solutions based on Red Hat software and Intel technology, jointly develop solution blueprints for communications networking use cases, and perform interoperability testing of their platforms with other ecosystem solutions.