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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.

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.

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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.

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).


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.

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Explore how SDN enables innovation in a hybrid cloud environment.

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Meet IBM Network Services experts

Steve Currie

IBM Distinguished Engineer, Technology, Innovation & Automation Network Domain

Anil Sharma

Program Director, IBM Global Network Strategy & Portfolio

Alexsas Vitenas

IBM Global Network Competency Leader

Joe Robinson

IBM Distinguished Engineer, Integrated Communications & Networking

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