SDN makes a network programmable by separating the control plane from the data plane. NFV moves network functions such as firewall from dedicated network appliances to virtualized software running on standard x86 servers allowing for centralized management and dynamic provisioning.
The Intel® Open Network Platform (Intel® ONP) comprises four initiatives to advance open solutions for network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN).
Intel is enabling and accelerating the shift to agile, cloud-ready network architectures, by leading ecosystem alignment around rapid delivery of standards-based solutions for software-defined, virtualized networks.
Intel’s thriving Network Builder’s community is fostering the necessary support, matchmaking, and collaboration across the ecosystem. This community is navigating the change—from initial discovery of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions, to proof-of-concept pilots, and final deployments.