During a media and analyst briefing today, Intel discussed how Intel® architecture (IA) is becoming a foundation for network transformation by powering new technologies for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). This transformation is being led by Highland Forest, a new communications platform that combines the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 with the next generation of the Intel® Communications Chipset Series 89xx (codename Coleto Creek). According to Steve Price, general manager of Intel’s Communication Infrastructure Division, Highland Forest will boost the performance of network traffic, delivering up to 255 million packets per second. Highland Forest will also create efficiencies for telecom customers though workload consolidation, streamlined R&D resources, common software tools and faster system integration. Price also highlighted the critical role of the ecosystem in delivering these solutions, enabled by Intel’s Network Builders program. This blog from Rose Schooler, general manager and vice president of Intel’s Data Center Group, provides insight on the increasing role of the data center in networking and how standards are driving network transformation. Get more information on Intel’s networking initiatives.