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Software-Defined Networking

Transformation through innovation

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) helps organizations accelerate application deployment and delivery, dramatically reducing IT costs through policy-enabled work-flow automation. SDN technology enables cloud architectures by providing automated, on-demand application delivery and mobility at scale. SDN enhances the benefits of data center virtualization, increasing resource flexibility and utilization and reducing infrastructure costs and overhead.

SDN accomplishes these business objectives by converging the management of network and application services into centralized, extensible orchestration platforms that can automate the provisioning and configuration of the entire infrastructure. Common, centralized IT policies bring together disparate IT groups and work flows. The result is a modern infrastructure that can deliver new applications and services in minutes, rather than the days or weeks required in the past.

SDN delivers speed and agility when deploying new applications and business services. Flexibility, policy, and programmability are the hallmarks of Cisco's SDN solutions, with a platform capable of handling the most demanding networking needs of today and tomorrow.

Are you looking to control expenses while innovating?

Imagine if you could deliver stronger security, faster time to service and innovation, reduced operational overhead, and business agility at the speed of the digital business. Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) for the data center, Cisco APIC Enterprise Module (APIC-EM) in the enterprise, Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) for SD-WAN, and Cisco Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) offer unmatched IT solutions.​

Along with leading IT technology partners, open APIs, and IT orchestration tools, these solutions offer agility and operational efficiency.

Service providers, are you looking for services infrastructure solutions?

Imagine if you had a platform that could help you transform your business, plus accelerate time to revenue while reducing operational costs and deploying new services at web speed. The Network Virtualization and Automation Solutions addresses these needs.

It uses Software Defined Networking for Service Providers, Network Functions Virtualization, open APIs, and advanced orchestration capabilities to create a flexible and modular services platform. The Cisco Evolved Programmable Network is a companion platform comprising the physical and virtual infrastructure service-delivery capabilities that you can use to accelerate the deployment of innovative new services.

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