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IBM Launches Software Defined Networking (SDN) Offerings

IBM has launched new software that makes it easier for organizations to set up, manage and scale virtual networks, with Software Defined Networking (SDN).

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is an approach to network design/management that moves the control of network switches from the switches to an extensible software platform with open interfaces. By doing so, administrators can manage and change the priorities of switches remotely to accelerate, moderate or block certain types of data from flowing through their network.  

The IBM Software Defined Network for Virtual Environments (SDN VE) is a virtual overlay network solution that automates and speeds the process of setting up such SDN networks.  

Dr. Inder Gopal (Vice president, System Networking Development):  Our vision of the Software Defined Environment is one of an intelligent data-driven ecosystem that is easily managed and scaled to meet ever-changing market demands.

In addition to management and provisioning, the IBM SDN VE, which is based on IBM’s DOVE (Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet) architecture, automates network virtualization.  

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