Intel Building Reference Platforms for SDN

To support SDN, Intel announced a pair of reference architectures. One is for switches, the other for servers.

The Open Network Platform Switch Reference Design was under development at Intel under the codename Seacliff Trail. Running on top of the switch will be Intel’s Open Network Platform SDN software, built from Intel’s Wind River Linux operating system.

The software supports OpenFlow and includes the open vSwitch virtual switch capability.

“It will be able to run apps like load balancing, firewall, and the switching capability itself,” Schooler said.

The new switch design will also includes Intel’s low latency switch silicon, which comes by way of Intel’s acquisition of Fulcrum.

“This device will allow us to move massive amounts of traffic to the virtualized servers that sit below it within the rack,” Schooler said.

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Intel Launches SDN Switch and Server Platforms

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