Software Defined Networking: Sponsoring innovation in a hybrid cloud environment

Software Defined Networking - The key to meeting next-generation agility, innovation and application demands in the era of hybrid cloud and IT as a service

How to transform your enterprise network from core to edge across LAN/WAN/Data Center

IBM can help in your transformational journey using a lifecycle-based approach that spans strategy, design, implementation and management. Managed services for hybrid multicloud and 5G edge focuses on software driven virtualization and cloud adoption of technologies across Access, Edge, and Core with capabilities around VNF (such as vRAN), Multi-access Edge Cloud, Network Slicing, SD-WAN on 5G, Service Management (DevOps) and Infrastructure Management and Security services for 5G.

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How IBM SDN can help in increasing 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.

SD-WAN deployment

How SDN helps in taking the complexity out of transforming your network architecture

Software-defined networking (SDN) has emerged as an architectural approach to data center networking  in the cloud era, bringing the flexibility and economy of software to data center hardware. SDN helps align enterprise network infrastructure with the needs of application workloads. This transformation goes beyond the data center. Digital transformation and increasing hybrid IT and multicloud adoption are also redrawing the boundaries of remote and cloud locations, redefining what’s required of both data center local area networks and enterprise wide-area networks (WANs). Fortunately, that same SDN technology can be applied to connect enterprise networks, including branch offices and data centers, over large geographic distances. A software-defined approach to WAN (SD-WAN) makes it possible for IT to provide reliable access to business applications across the entire enterprise.

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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.

Hybrid SD-WAN Services

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

A flexible and scalable IT platform can mean the difference between getting ahead and lagging behind. SDN uses the latest cloud resources effectively and provides a framework to support data-intensive, real-time applications.

Helps reduce costs

SDN helps reduce hardware costs by eliminating the need for manual configuration and supporting lower operational costs through administrative efficiency, virtualization control and improving server utilization.

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. 

Client Case Study

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 IBM Network Services

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.

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.

Connect with SDN Services Experts

Steve Currie

Distinguished Engineer, Network Innovation and Automation

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

Aleksas Vitenas

IBM Global Network Competency Leader

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

Anil Sharma

Strategy and Portfolio Director, Network Services

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

Joe Robinson

Network Architect and Distinguished Engineer

  • Network design and security
  • SDN
  • Switched ethernet

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