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Code-named "Seacliff Trail," the Intel Open Network Platform Switch Reference Design is based on scalable Intel processors, Intel Ethernet Switch 6700 series and Intel Communications Chipset 89xx series, and is available now. The Intel DPDK Accelerated Open vSwitch is initially planned to be released with the Intel ONP Server Reference Design in the third quarter of this year. The third server reference platform, codenamed "Sunrise Trail," is based on the Intel Xeon processor , Intel 82599 Ethernet Controller and Intel Communications Chipset 89xx series.
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.