Cisco, Intel collaborate on NFV/SDN

Cisco is joining more than 130 vendors and service providers in the Intel Network Builders ecosystem, several of which demonstrated solutions at the NFV World Congress event in San Jose, Calif., last week.

The goal of Network Builders is to foster alliances between companies helping to advance network functions virtualization/software-defined networking and open standards technology. "This announcement is an example of how Intel and Cisco are working together as we both embrace the new, more open networking environment that is driven by open standards, and the rapid adoption of SDN and NFV technology," said John Healy, general manager of Intel's SDN division, in a blog post.

One of Cisco's first Network Builder activities involved working with Intel in a technology demonstration of how its Network Service Header technology, combined with Intel 100GbE, can provide advanced, high-performance intra-data center service chaining, Healy said. The demo was a reprise of a successful presentation at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. For more on the latest Cisco and Intel collaborations, see this blog post.