IBM Software Promises Faster SDN Set-UpIBM’s software-defined networking (SDN) announcement this week adds to the chorus of major enterprise tech companies hawking tools to allow networking administrators to manage traffic with software controllers instead of data center hardware.
IBM’s new software product--Software Defined Networking for Virtual Environments--allows admins to speed up the process of setting up a new SDN by streamlining networking provisioning, according to the company.
By accelerating set-up time for SDNs, IBM says companies can deliver cloud networks, analytics, mobile and social business services to clients and employees faster. IBM SDN VE is based on the company’s DOVE (Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet) architecture.
Recently, HP announced its Virtual Application Networks SDN controller, which is set to launch later in 2013. Dell and Cisco also announced SDN products in recent weeks. One of the challenges with SDN is whether a standard for protocol platforms will emerge among the various players vying for a piece of this burgeoning new business.
Rachel RosmarinRachel Rosmarin's technology reporting experience goes back a decade to the dawn of Wi-Fi, smartphones and the Mp3. She has an in-depth knowledge of consumer electronics and has cultivated her love of useful new toys and innovative social software at publications including Tom’s Guide, Forbes, Business 2.0, Sound & Vision and Mobile Magazine. She holds degrees in Journalism and Science In Human Culture from Northwestern University and is based in Los Angeles.
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