In a prior blog post, I explored Why Software Defined Networking aka SDN Spells RELIEF from the Perspectives of the World’s Leading Financial Institutions. https://www-304.ibm.com/connections/blogs/charlesferland/?sortby=0&maxresults=50&lang=en_us
Indeed as Software Defined Networking takes off, IBM is keen to put the Software in Software Defined Networking. IBM is giving customers broader choices to efficiently deploy and reap the benefits of a new breed of more responsive, simplified and adaptive system networks. What is emerging is actually a new class of “SDNware” – a catchphrase for the new open, interoperable and multi-vendor network applications that are being developed to power cloud computing, Big Data analytics, mobile and social business services.
In fact, IBM is leading the charge with groundbreaking SDN innovation developed in partnership with IBM clients, such as through IBM’s ongoing collaboration with the SDN Innovation Lab at Marist College where IBM is currently testing a new cloud-based solution that uses IBM-developed Software Defined Networking technology to make it easier for network administrators to protect data and services during security incidents or natural disasters.
Marist College researchers are seeing the value of harvesting intelligence from users, applications and data and applying this real-time awareness through software -- so the underlying network can adapt in flight – rather than after the fact. The Marist College / IBM team has found that -- whereas it used to take days to re-provision the network -- the new SDN solution cooperatively developed with IBM dramatically pares down the time required to mobilize the best response.
Putting the Software in Software Defined Networking for Marist College allows a data center operator to move data and applications to a safe data center from a remote location using a tablet or smartphone in mere minutes – indeed its an example of how “SDNware” must translate directly to greater agility and immediate time to value.
Do you think your organization should care about “SDNware”?
P.S.: At the Dawn of Open Networking and as Software Defined Networking Takes Off, IBM is leading the charge to improve the responsiveness and flexibility of networks, helping data centers deliver the business velocity needed for today’s world. Please visit IBM System Networking at www.ibm.com/networking, where you’ll find a wealth of Open, Virtual and Software Defined Networking resources.