IBM SDN for Virtual Environments, OpenFlow Edition


Data centers are gravitating toward a new environment; one that is software defined. A Software Defined Environment (SDE) optimizes the entire computing infrastructure—compute, storage and network resources—so it can adapt to the type of work required. The proliferation of big data and devices like smart phones means data centers have to be agile and responsive. But networking with its numerous protocols, and static, don’t-move-things model is straining to keep up. Even with recent advances, the physical network remains a bottleneck lacking the flexibility needed to accelerate business success.

IBM SDN for Virtual Environments, OpenFlow Edition is part of a family designed to create a unified network architecture which enables cloud and big data analytics. Network services and applications submit requests for network functions. A controller engine interprets the requests coming from applications through APIs, converts the requests into tasks and assigns the tasks to network devices. The result is a highly programmable platform for rapid deployment of networks in support of business applications. The OpenFlow Edition supports:

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