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The IBM SDN for Virtual Environments family provides a common, unified SDN architecture that brings together the benefits of network virtualisation (US) and a programmable network fabric via OpenFlow. From a single management console clients will be able to deploy large fabrics, program OpenFlow devices and build integrated overlay networks across hypervisors.

The SDN VE architecture is:

SDN is an integral component of a Software Defined Environment (SDE) and plays a critical role in enabling organisations to deliver IT services in the most efficient way possible. SDE optimises your compute, storage and networking infrastructure so it can adapt to the type of work required. Learn more (US).

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IBM offers a broad systems and storage portfolio combined with decades of experience solving real business problems. With x86, POWER and mainframe systems, disk, tape and network storage systems, IBM can offer the right combination of systems to meet the challenges of your business.


Storage efficiency is more vital than ever. Your disk utilisation rate may be as low as 20% — while the amount of data you are required to store is exploding. IBM Storage can help.


The smarter data centre with improved economics of IT can be achieved by connecting servers and storage with a high-speed and intelligent network fabric that is smarter, faster, greener, open and easy to manage. IBM takes an open, standards-based approach to implement the latest advances in today's flat, converged data centre network designs.


IBM's comprehensive Systems Software solutions help to centralise, streamline and automate your physical and virtual infrastructure, allowing you to optimise workloads and increase your ability to deliver IT services that align with business goals. Let us show you how IBM Systems Software helps you realise the value of IBM smarter computing, by allowing a more effective use of the advanced features in IBM hardware and operating systems.

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The reality is that you need an IT infrastructure designed for data, tuned to the task and managed in the cloud. If your IT staff spends all of their time managing IT, they won't be working with you to drive innovation. You need your infrastructure to help you in the marketplace, to help you innovate, to help you be more competitive, to help you succeed.

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IBM Systems-related services offers a full range of services to help design, develop, integrate, optimise, validate and deploy comprehensive solutions that support On Demand Business.

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SDN-VE PLATFORM SDNapp NetworkVirtualisation OpenFlow network

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All about the rise of SDN

IDC’s Whitepaper examines factors behind the rise of SDN, how SDN fits into SDE and some of the enterprise challenges solved by SDN.

Simplified. Responsive. Adaptive.

Learn how SDN can help your IT infrastructure today and in the future.

The OpenDaylight Project & IBM

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An Insight into IBM’s SDN Strategy

Inder Gopal, VP IBM System Networking, talks with ESG about IBM’s SDN strategy.

Learn about IBM’s new unified SDN Controller for Software Defined Infrastructures

Charles Ferland, SDN expert, talks about IBM’s new SDN solutions for Software Defined Infrastructures.

IBM Software Defined Networking (SDN) Solutions

Understand how SDN solutions from IBM can help your network.

How can SDN help CIOs?

Charles Ferland

In this Lippis podcast, Charles Ferland, IBM SDN expert, discusses reasons why CIOs should care about SDN.