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Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

Traditional networks and data centers are being stretched to their limits. They were never designed for today's astronomical growth in bandwidth-intensive applications—and the ever-increasing demand for speed, scalability, and resilience. Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a powerful new network paradigm designed to address these issues. Brocade leads the way in SDN technologies to help unleash the power, intelligence, and analytics of networks with a flexible, end-to-end cloud-based solution.

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The increased use of mobile, cloud, and video technologies is placing new performance, capacity, and service demands on the network. As organizations work to meet the demands of increasingly global and virtualized customers, they are realizing the limitations of their hierarchal network infrastructures. In fact, many IT professionals surveyed cite the network as the number one barrier for cloud adoption.

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) offers a way to achieve the network agility required by increasingly virtualized and dynamic applications. SDN is an emerging concept that proposes to disaggregate traditional, vertically integrated networking stacks to improve network service velocity and customize network operations for specialized environments.

In order for SDN to deliver on its full promise, it must be enabled by open networking technology that can be easily integrated with current infrastructures. SDN has potential use cases and benefits for almost every part of the network, so it is important to have SDN-enabled or SDN-ready infrastructure at all points, with the ability to scale to real-world applications.

An early supporter of SDN initiatives, such as OpenFlow and OpenDaylight, Brocade is helping organizations realize the promise of SDN through innovative open and standards-based technologies and solutions. The Brocade approach will enable organizations to ease the transition to SDN and evolve their networks as standards and technologies mature. This flexibility to control the network programmatically will transform the network into a platform for innovation through new applications and services.

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This paper provides an overview of SDN, its expected role in cloud-optimized networks, and how Brocade is implementing SDN vertically and across its portfolio to provide users with a truly open cloud-optimized network, built on a resilient, automated fabric foundation.


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Dynamic orchestration and provisioning of campus network resources using Software-Defined Networking (SDN).


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