IBM adds new SDN for virtual environments

Enterprise IT vendor IBM has unveiled its Software Defined Network for Virtual Environments (SDN VE).

The new unified network controller, which is based on OpenDaylight technology, is designed to get organizations up and running fast on Software Defined Networks (SDN).

The new IBM Software Defined Network for Virtual Environments (SDN VE) can automate and speed up the process of setting up such networks.

IBM has been working with the SDN Innovation Lab at Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for the past year.

IBM Software Defined Network

Robert M Cannistra, senior professional lecturer of Computer Science and Information Technology, at Marist College, said: “The solution we’re developing with IBM and the SDN VE is designed to cut that down to under an hour or literally minutes by allowing a data center operator to move data and applications to a safe data center from a remote location using a tablet or smartphone.”

With both VMware and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualization solutions, as well as support for the Open Networking Foundation’s OpenFlow standard, the SDN VE platform unifies and simplifies network control for multivendor physical and virtual networks.

The SDN VE consists of the unified controller, virtual switches for creating overlays, gateways to non-SDN environments and open interfaces for application integration. SDN VE enables network administrators to achieve better enterprise performance, scalability and security, and address business needs by speeding up network provisioning from days to hours.

“Our goal is to take advantage of the openness of the OpenDaylight platform and deliver that advantage to clients by collaborating with other developers to establish an ecosystem of interoperable network applications and services,” said Inder Gopal, IBM vice president of System Networking Development.

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