Intel and AT&T Launch Platform for IoT (T, INTC) | Investopedia – Investopedia

August 25, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

Amid an increasing number of connected devices and sensors, a new concept for an ultra-fast network is emerging to support the Internet of Things (IoT). Setting the stage for innovative software-based network services, AT&T Inc. (T) and Intel Corporation (INTC) are collaborating to offer a new platform.

The New Age Network

Based on the concept of software-defined networking (SDN) and network-functions virtualization (NFV), the new network for the digital age will employ low-cost hardware and be open to standard and open source technologies—a departure from the existing network which relies on high-cost, high-end dedicated hardware and proprietary software technology.

This pragmatic shift will support flexibility, scalability and automation; it will also improve the efficiency of emerging services including cloud computing, IoT, mobility, augmented and virtual reality, big data analytics and high-resolution content over networks. (For more, see Intel’s Investing Heavily in the Internet of Things.)

A Win-Win

Intel’s partnership with AT&T will give it a head start in pioneering this new technology, which will become instrumental in supporting networking technologies as well as products for peripheral devices and data centers.

AT&T will benefit by adopting Intel’s technology and gaining access to upcoming products and services from a coveted group of public and private cloud providers called “Super 7,” which includes the likes of Alibaba, Amazon, Baidu, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Tencent.

Defined by AT&T as ‘A Network Built In Software,’ SDN and NFV will allow AT&T to port existing hardware-dependent networking tasks to software running on standard processors. This initiative will substantially reduce the cost of network services as well as allow open source software to run on standard low-cost hardware, leading to significant savings for service providers. AT&T aims to virtualize 30% of its network by the end of the year and hit the 75% mark by 2020.