Software Defined Networking: Sponsoring innovation in a hybrid cloud environment

Unleash your network from hardware constraints and increase network agility and security with a programmatic and software-driven (SDN) approach

IBM's SDN Services helps enterprise customers build a highly programmable network fabric that spans Data Center/Cloud (SDN-DC), Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) and Branch Networks (SD-LAN). IBM follows a consulting-led approach to help create cloud-enabled, dynamic, resilient networks that cater to your future business needs.

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Transform sluggish networks into nimble connectors

Networks are the most critical component of an effective enterprise IT environment. Software-defined environments incorporate flexibility, automation, high availability and open standards into your IT landscape so you can meet next-generation agility, innovation and application demand in the cloud.

Transform your Enterprise with Hybrid / SD-WAN

IBM MultiNetwork Services helps create a seamless global WAN for improved global agility, simplified management and higher network capacity at a lower cost.

Services offered

SDN Consulting

Develop a forward-looking strategy for your future network by identifying any gaps that are inhibiting for SDN deployment, determining overall automation needs, defining an orchestration strategy and developing a roadmap.


Dynamically manage your WAN traffic across a combination of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and internet connections, using multiple carriers across multiple geographies.

Integrated Managed Infrastructure (IMI) for SDN

Customizable, modular and catalog-based remote network monitoring, management and reporting services to support SDN environments.

IBM Client Innovation Centers

Build, integrate and test your SDN solutions before they are actually implemented in a production environment.

SDN for Data Center

Design, deploy and manage your data center networks built on software-based programmability, network virtualization, and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Benefits of SDN

Future-ready infrastructure

Technology innovation moves fast. A flexible and scalable IT platform can mean the difference between keeping pace and just trying to keep up. SDN has the agility to use the latest cloud resources effectively and provides a framework to support data-intensive, real-time applications.

Reduced hardware and operating costs

SDN helps reduce hardware costs by eliminating the need for manual configuration and supports lower operational costs through administrative efficiency, virtualization control and improving server utilization. Enabling SDN can also help you extend the life of existing network devices and hardware investments.

Centralized network management

SDN provides a central point of control that allows you to manage the entire network as a single unit, increasing visibility and simplifying network management and provisioning. This centralized control can also help improve network security, allowing you to distribute security and policy information consistently across your enterprise.


ISG recognizes IBM as a market leader in software-defined networking

Our core-to-edge approach to carrier-neutral solutions for SDN/SD-WAN covers device integration, cloud-based application delivery, high-security options and innovative network services.

Software-defined networks with IBM and Cisco

IBM leverages Cisco ACI to help customers transform their networks.

Simplify your network with IBM and Juniper Networks

IBM leverages Juniper Contrail to help customers manage their networks.

IDC on IBM Network Services

The IDC spoke with firms that use IBM Network Services. See highlights from the analyst study about network connectivity and infrastructure.

Network agility is key to business agility

Software-defined networks can automatically sense and respond to workload requirements and help facilitate business growth.

SD-WAN Managed Services:

Build a Reliable, Secure and Flexible WAN over the Internet.

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IBM Integrated Managed Infrastructure Services for Networking

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IBM Client Innovation Centers for Networking

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Connect with Network Services Experts

Steve Currie

IBM Distinguished Engineer, Technology, Innovation and Automation Network Domain

Schedule a time with Steve to discuss:

  • Network consulting
  • SDN architectures
  • Technology quality/cost-effectiveness

Anil Sharma

Strategy and Portfolio Director, Network Services

Schedule a time with Anil to discuss:

  • Solution architecture and design
  • Documentation and testing of enterprise - class network solutions

Aleksas Vitenas

IBM Global Network Competency Leader

Schedule a time with Aleksas to discuss:

  • Data networking for multicloud
  • SDN strategy
  • Custom solution recommendations

Joe Robinson

Network Architect and Distinguished Engineer

Schedule a time with Joe to discuss:

  • Network design and security
  • SDN
  • Switched ethernet

IBM Network Services experts are here to help you move your business forward