We’re just days away from Interop, where Intel will put an emphasis on data center switching with a new switch design, a load balancing demonstration and an expanded live software defined networking (SDN) demo.


Interop runs from May 8-10 in Las Vegas, and is probably the premier enterprise networking convention today.


Stop by booth #543, to see the new Seacliff Trail reference platform designed for top-of-rack data center applications.  The 1RU-high switch has 48 SFP+ 10GbE ports and four QSFP 40GbE ports and delivers less than 400ns L3 latency.  It supports all of the critical data center protocols and services, and is also interesting because its all-Intel design includes both an Intel® 82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet controller and a Crystal Forest-based control plane processor.


Also in the booth will be a great demo of low latency network address translation (NAT).  The Intel® Ethernet Switch FM6000 FlexPipe™ frame processing pipeline provides advanced NAT services with very low latency, which is essential in data center networks.


We’ve also contributed our Barcelona 10GbE TOR switch reference platform for an SDN demo that is part of the Interop Labs (iLabs). The demo shows how Barcelona performs when it is controlled by an OpenFlow software control plane.  This is similar to the demo we had in our booth at the recent Open Network Summit, but this time the switch is in a multivendor environment.  


There is plenty to see at the Intel booth that points toward great solutions for your network both today and in the future.  I hope to see you there.