Geek Week: Intel Helps Make Infrastructure Equipment More Flexible

Datacenter managers have, for years, enjoyed a number of benefits of using Intel Xeon processors in their systems, including better load balancing through virtualization which leads to the ability to very effectively scale up and down a solution so just the right amount of processing power is used at any given time.

But what about wireless infrastructure equipment owners, like service providers? Turns out, they’d love to reap the same kinds of benefits, but the previous generations of very fixed-function equipment wouldn’t provide for that. A purpose-built data plane processing board can do that one function, and only that one function.

Now, with the advent of the 4-to-1 strategy from Intel, where Application plane, Control Plane, Data Plane, and Signal Plane processing can all be done on 1 board based on Intel Xeon processors, the function of that board flexible – able to become whatever it needs to be, as the needs of the Service Provider changes based on Network Load.

In this video, an example is made working with Teito to show exactly that model. And, as the needs of the network changes, so too can the equipment to provide exactly what is needed, exactly when it is needed, saving the carrier plenty in OpEx because they don’t need to run any equipment that isn’t being optimally utilized. A win-win all around – for users and service providers.

For more information on the Intel Data Plane Development Kit, please see:

For more information on other things Intel is doing in Comms, please see:


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Eric graduated from the US Naval Academy, with a bachelor of science in Physics. He has served on Nuclear Powered Submarines and was attached to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE. He has worked in the Semiconductor Industry for over 10 years and has held positions as a Product Marketing Engineer, a Senior Industry Analyst, a Competitive Intelligence Analyst, and a Technology Evangelist. In whatever spare time he has, Eric loves spending working out (especially Beach Volleyball), tinkering with computers, dabbling with Linux, exploring Android, and playing video games (especially StarCraft II & DOTA 2)

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