Navigate your software defined networking journey for cloud adoption

Meet next-generation agility, innovation and application demands in the era of hybrid multicloud and IT as a service with SDN and NFV

Is a sluggish network causing disruption in your journey to cloud?

SDN can be a key component that helps you transform your sluggish network into a nimble connector. IBM can help your enterprise break free from its cumbersome hardware constraints and gain improved agility, security, flexibility and programmability. With a consulting-led approach that helps build cloud-enabled, dynamic, resilient networks for your future business needs.

How do you deploy applications faster while also cutting the overall deployment and operating costs?

SDN lets users use software to provision new devices instead of using physical infrastructure, so IT administrators can direct network paths and proactively arrange network services. Unlike traditional switches, SDN also has the ability to better communicate with devices using the network. Several benefits to SDN, such as having an efficient administration, server utilization improvements, and improved virtualization control, can dually help cut operating costs. Because many regular network administration issues can be automated and centralized, SDN can also help reduce operating costs and grow administrative savings.

How can IBM SDN help increase network agility and security with a software-driven 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.

What you get with IBM Services for Software Defined Networking

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.

Software Defined Data Centers

IBM enables clients to transform their enterprise data center networks based on multi-vendor software defined networking technologies. IBM builds a highly programmable network fabric that spans Data Center/Cloud (SDN-DC) by integrating capabilities to provide the best fit solution to meet client needs.

SD-WAN strategy and assessment

IBM helps you with a vendor agnostic SD-WAN strategy and roadmap, leveraging an SD-WAN vendor comparison tool based on scoring matrix. You can take advantage of the full cycle of IBM SD-WAN services from—strategy and assessment—design and deploy—monitoring and management.

Benefits of SDN


Virtual machines pose a challenge for firewalls and content filtering, a challenge that’s further compounded by personal devices. SDN establishes a central control point for regulating security and policy information for your enterprise.

Holistic enterprise management

SDN helps your IT department adjust your network configuration with no impact on your network. This bolsters complete management of physical and virtual switches and network devices that are from a central controller.

Centralized network provisioning

SDN helps centralize enterprise management and provisioning by offering a unified perspective on the whole network. SDN can also speed up service delivery and boost agility in provisioning virtual and physical network devices in a central location.

Client Story: Fuji Television Network, Inc. 

Fuji Television Network, Inc. needed to build a more secure, flexible network infrastructure to pave the way for work-style reform and future cloud computing initiatives. 

"As Fuji Television works on work-style reform and productivity improvements, we want to build sophisticated networks that perfectly fit the company to help our business grow."

– Akihiko Miyata, Network Engineering Expert, Fujimic, Inc.

Learn more about SDN services

Eliminate data center network bottlenecks with SDN for increased agility 

IBM follows a consulting-led approach to help create cloud-enabled, dynamic, resilient networks that cater to your future business needs. 

Network as a programmable service

Learn how IBM is helping clients in their cloud transformations with a globally integrated software defined network-as-a-service solution 

Client innovation centers

IBM helps clients build, integrate and test their SDN solutions before they are implemented in a production environment. IBM is well placed to offer value across the entire transformation spectrum, ensuring that the network is well aligned with overall outcomes and objectives.

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