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Intel To Lay a Foundation for Software-Defined Networking
Intel To Lay a Foundation for Software-Defined Networking

By Jennifer LeClaire
April 17, 2013 5:16PM

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Intel sees the planned reference designs and development kits as an important part of its strategy to enable the industry to move toward open, standards-based technologies such as software-defined networking and network function virtualization. Intel said that should reduce capital and operating expenses for service providers while also enabling new services.
 



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Moore's Law Obsolete

Laura DiDio, principal at Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, for her take on the news. She told us the key word in today's Intel announcement is "acceleration." The fact is, she said, "Moore's Law" -- named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore back in the late 1960s -- which posits that chip processing power doubles every two years, is becoming obsolete.

"Technology changes are occurring much more rapidly. Nowadays, corporations want to see and experience technology advancements in a year or even less," DiDio said. "The caveat is, new technology must be open and it must interoperate and integrate with existing technologies and devices in order for it to be viable to mainstream users."

She pointed out that SDN and NFV are complementary reference architectures that do all of those things for switches and servers by leveraging the OpenFlow and Open vSwitch protocols to lower development costs, reduce complexity and get products like custom appliances to market faster.

"Today's announcements also reaffirm Intel's commitment to drive the use of open technology standards and reference architectures and solidify its position and presence in the pivotal virtualization and cloud computing market segments," DiDio said.

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