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Program Overview

The Intel® Network Academy is a comprehensive training program covering network transformation, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Software Defined Networking (SDN) and beyond. The training is intended to assist communications service providers improve their knowledge of key Intel technologies, industry trends, and technical aspects of NFV deployments so they can take full advantage of network transformation. The courses are intended to be taken in order but may also be taken individually as desired.


Dan Rodriguez, Vice President Data Center Group, GM Network Compute Division at Intel, begins this course by welcoming you to the Intel Network Academy. Later, Larry Horner, Intel Solutions Architect, provides an overview of how 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) are driving Communication Service Providers (CommSPs) to expand and enrich their networks to support these exceptionally demanding, yet incredibly valuable technologies. This course will also begin to show how CommSPs can capitalize on this investment.


In this course, Larry Horner, Intel Solutions Architect, describes how network slicing is used to allocate the resources of the network and to categorize them according to the needs of the devices in the network. He also covers how the Internet of Things (IoT) will change the way devices are connecting to the network and how this change will affect the service providers’ architecture.


In this course, Larry Horner, Intel Solutions Architect, introduces how 5G will impact core network elements, such as the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). He then digs deep inside IMS to further illustrate the true impact of 5G to the core.


In this course, Larry Horner, Intel Solutions Architect, explains how the network is being transformed from end to end starting with smart-devices all the way to the core network and to the cloud. He discusses how the infrastructure hardware and the handling of workloads will change due to the advent of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).


In this course, Larry Horner, Intel Solutions Architect, discusses the changes that will occur on the edge as well as their use cases. Larry also defines the 5G network, explaining the benefits and incentives to upgrade the network. Finally, he highlights what this means for the core network and Customer Premises Equipment (CPE).


In this course, Larry Horner, Intel Solutions Architect, defines the visual cloud, and explains how communications service providers can benefit from it including use cases such as: online gaming, video analytics and media processing.


In this course, Petar Torre, Lead Architect for Telco Infrastructure at Intel, explains how the principles of cloud computing have overlapped into the telco cloud and the communications service providers industries. Petar provides insight into how these providers differ yet can learn much from one another.


In this course, Steven Graham, Intel Solutions Architect, discusses the potential for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the industry and as it pertains to communications service providers. He touches on a variety of use cases including some that give networks the ability to not only react, but predict load and act accordingly.


In this course, Julian Ramos, Intel Solutions Architect, takes a step back to compare the capabilities and evolution of cellular, Mobile Type Communications/Internet of Things (MTC/IoT), and wireless Local Area Network (LAN) technologies. Learn how these technologies are converging to become 5G.


In this course, Petar Torre, Lead Architect for Telco Infrastructure at Intel, discusses Edge Computing for communications service providers. He goes beyond the basics, covering use cases, architecture, and business drivers.


In this course, Ian Bartlett, Intel Solutions Architect, explains the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and the role that it plays in the network. He dives into the architecture of the EPC and the role of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in the Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC).


In this course, Julian Ramos, Intel Solutions Architect, discusses the future of the Radio Access Network (RAN) and how our Ecosystem partnerships have helped us form the FlexRAN. He then reviews how Intel has been developing solutions to maximize the compute power of the hardware at the core of the virtual RAN.


In this course, Ian Bartlett, Intel Solutions Architect, notes that even with cloud computing, there is still a need for Customer Premises Equipment (CPE). These devices are able to provide services for customers that historically required many pieces of hardware. Ian discusses how Software Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN) have become a driving factor for enterprise networks looking to reduce their telecommunications costs and improve their end-user experience.


In this course, Petar Torre, Lead Architect for Telco Infrastructure at Intel, discusses the basics of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) and other related concepts like Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). He also addresses how NFV is facilitating network transformation.


In this course, Petar Torre, Lead Architect for Telco Infrastructure at Intel, discusses the benefits that Communications Service Providers (CommSPs) have seen from Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), including reductions in both capital and operational expenditures due to the reduction in hardware and the efficiencies they receive from using virtual devices. He explains how NFV is a cornerstone of the 5G network transformation to allow CommSPs to supply a wide range of services such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). Additionally, Petar shows how Edge Compute allows CommSPs to enter the competitive landscape of distributed (cloud) computing.


In this course, Petar Torre, Lead Architect for Telco Infrastructure at Intel, discusses how Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is deployed, the options available, and some of the caveats from early adopters. Petar explains how open source and open standards have fueled the NFV transformation by making the technology attainable at any scale. Additionally, he touches on how these technologies are constantly evolving and improving thanks to community efforts as well as organizations such as the Cloud Native Compute Foundation*.


In this course, Ian Bartlett, Intel Solutions Architect, introduces Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) orchestration and service management, and explains how these essential, but often overlooked, components help coordinate the deployment and operations of these virtual devices. Ian also discusses model-driven orchestration and how Virtualized Network Function (VNF) venders can take advantage of NFV.


In this course, Ian Bartlett, Intel Solutions Architect, discusses the service assurance challenge of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and the platform assurance capabilities that Intel architecture management technologies provide. He examines “Open” Service Assurance and how, through the exchange of telemetry, services are able to adjust to network load or failures within the network.


In this course, Brian Skerry, Principal Engineer at Intel, examines the differences between Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) while learning how these two closely-related technologies work together. He explains how cloud service providers have been using SDN for years to achieve massive levels of scalability while maintaining service level agreements and still adapting to rapidly changing customer demands.


In this course, Julian Ramos, Intel Solutions Architect, gives an introduction to 5G and explains how the extreme requirements of ultra-low latency, massive network coverage, and high bandwidth capacity can be mitigated using network slicing. Slicing allows the 5G networks of the future to be built upon Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) on top of general-purpose computing platforms.


In this course, Larry Horner, Intel Solutions Architect, sets the stage for future discussions on virtualized network devices by defining the types of server virtualization and explaining how virtualization abstracts, isolates, and manages the physical hardware resources of a server.


In this course, Larry Horner, Intel Solutions Architect, discusses the different types of clouds, such as public, private, and hybrid deployment models. He then delves into the cloud service models that include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).


In this course, Larry Horner, Intel Solutions Architect, explains how thousands of organizations around the world use OpenStack* to manage their cloud resources. Larry then discusses how OpenStack can be leveraged to orchestrate virtual network devices.


In this course, Larry Horner, Intel Solutions Architect, explains the basics of containers and how they represent the next step in the evolution of application delivery.


In this course, Larry Horner, Intel Solutions Architect, takes a deeper dive into the world of containers, learning how they relate to hardware resources and even virtual machines. Larry also explains the many benefits of using containers to deploy software.


In this course, Larry Horner, Intel Solutions Architect, discusses how containers can be an ideal delivery mechanism for virtual network devices. Larry breaks down the technical details of how the container model interoperates with the physical network, providing the information needed to properly design a virtual networking environment.


In this course, Petar Torre, Lead Architect for Telco Infrastructure at Intel, explains the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK*) as an open source framework to help jumpstart the development and optimization of applications on Intel hardware.


In this course, Petar Torre, Lead Architect for Telco Infrastructure at Intel, explains the driving force behind the Fast Data I/O* (FD.io*) project, and describes how and where it can be leveraged in the development processes.


In this course, Petar Torre, Lead Architect for Telco Infrastructure at Intel, begins the discussion on cryptography with a basic introduction and history. He explains how cryptography has evolved over time, which has led to the need for hardware acceleration features found in Intel hardware.


In this course, Petar Torre, Lead Architect for Telco Infrastructure at Intel, introduces Hyperscan, an open source project that provides substantial improvements to performance and capabilities of security applications such as intrusion detection and prevention systems. Hyperscan provides string-matching capabilities within the CPU using regular expressions


In this course, Petar Torre, Lead Architect for Telco Infrastructure at Intel, explores the advances that Intel hardware provides to the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) world, including an introduction to many technologies such as SR-IOV and Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT).


In this course, Petar Torre, Lead Architect for Telco Infrastructure at Intel, takes a deeper look into how Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) is able to provide significant performance advantages over standard network virtualization methods.


In the final course of the Intel Network Academy program, Petar Torre, Lead Architect for Telco Infrastructure at Intel, describes how Intel® QuickAssist Technology accelerates cryptographic functions, and how this can be leveraged in a wide variety of use cases from cloud to networking to storage applications. The program concludes with a parting message from, Renu Navale, Senior Director of Network Platforms Group at Intel, summarizing Intel’s collaborative vision for network transformation.

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