Monday, November 9, 2015

Intel Expands Xeon Processor D-1500 Line for SDN/NFV

Intel announced an expansion of its Xeon processor D-1500 product family for extending intelligence from the network core to the edge for improved performance and lower latency.

The rollout includes eight new processors offering high-performance, low-power and twice the maximum memory of previous generations in an integrated system-on-chip.  The designs are aimed at various networking, cloud storage, enterprise storage and IoT applications that operate in dense, rugged environments. Intel said it now has more than 50 networking, cloud storage, enterprise storage and IoT system designs using the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family in development.

Intel also introduced a new Ethernet Multi-host Controller FM10000 family that offer with advanced switch resources for use in high-performance communications network applications and dense server platforms.  The chips support up to 200 Gbps of high-bandwidth multi-host connectivity and multiple 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports. A new Intel Ethernet Controller X550 family is a low-power, cost-effective 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity solution for data center servers and network appliances.

The company also noted that its Intel Network Builders program has grown to more than 180 companies. In August, 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.

In a webcast, Sandra Rivera, vice president, Data Center Group and general manager, Network Platforms Group, Intel, hosted a discussion with execs from Verizon and Cisco focused on the opportunities in IoT and mobile computing. Intel is working closely with industry leaders to accelerate the move toward more flexible and responsive networks today and to lay the foundation for future 5G networks.

"Networks are facing extraordinary demands as more devices become connected and new digital services are offered," said Rivera. "Building intelligence throughout the communications infrastructure and using a standards-based approach offers service providers the foundation to build agile, cloud-ready networks that allow them to expand their services capabilities."


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