Intel is looking to convince vendors and enterprises about the benefits of a single networking and compute architecture based on its hardware lines.
Speaking at the 2012 RSA conference, Intel communications and networking group chief technology officer Pranav Mehta, said the Sandy Bridge processor platform could also serve as a system for next-generation networking hardware.
"We believe the Intel architecture has evolved to a point where it could allow you to do this converged architecture," Mehta explained.
"In the past we really did not do well with packet processing on the data plane. We have improved."
Mehta said that such an Intel network architecture would be able to manage applications, data and control planes in the datacentre. In doing so, vendors can piece together network appliances that can replace multiple devices with a single device.
Additionally, the company said that the networking architecture would be more flexible, able to scale from less than one Gb/sec to more than 80 Gb/sec simply by provisioning additional processor and hardware resources.
When combined with the Intel compute architecture, however, the company believes its networking operations will help to further expand virtualisation and cloud computing.
Mehta suggested that if additional vendors and service providers join the effort, the ongoing issue of trust in cloud platforms could be overcome.
"If we get to this realisation, an open and trusted cloud-based data could become a clear and present opportunity."
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