Is Intel About to Step on Cisco and Juniper?

Intel’s (NASDAQ:INTC) announcement this week at the Opening Networking Summit has Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) and Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR) on notice. The company wants Intel CPU’s powering the switching infrastructure of data centers. Intel is also offering a reference design for new servers that would use its technology, allowing the CPUs of Intel-powered servers to handle packet switching instead of requiring dedicated networking processors, according to GigaOM. Cisco and Juniper both produce dedicated networking processors.

Intel SDN + NFV Reference Architecture

Intel acquired Fulcum, a networking silicon vendor in 2011, and has introduced some new products but the core of Intel’s announcement on Wednesday was the Intel Data Plane Development Kit for OpenVSwitch. This SDK lets the Intel CPUs in servers handle the complex routing of network traffic instead of requiring dedicated hardware. This also puts pressure on Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM), a maker of  merchant silicon. Intel said at the event that Verizon is already prototype testing the system…