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The Internet has widely enabled great strives in technology, but progress doesn’t happen by itself. Truly groundbreaking developments take considerable time and effort. We’ve been preluding about our plans and efforts in developing SDN for some time now but the wait is now over!
SDN is launching today! The new SDN architecture enables a lot of new features such as dynamic private networks and user-configurable floating IP addresses.
Network connectivity is a fundamental building block of the Internet and the cloud infrastructure alike. While networking has often been dependent on rigid routes and configurations, future innovations are built on freedom. This is where software-defined networking, or SDN for short, comes in.
SDN is a technological approach to network management that enables dynamic, programmatically created network configurations. In the past, networks needed to be declared on the networking equipment, which often required manual configuration by network engineers. SDN changes this by decoupling the network configuration from the physical infrastructure. Software-defined network architecture brings a lot of new flexibility to configuring your cloud infrastructure.
Using SDN, you’ll be able to create and configure new dynamic private networks like never before. Shape your private networking exactly as you want to securely connect your cloud servers. SDN also enables many other features such easily configurable and transferable floating IP addresses with more coming in the near future.
SDN has been launched today in most data centres and the last locations are following soon. Initially, your cloud servers in Amsterdam, Helsinki 2, Frankfurt, London, San Jose, and Singapore can enjoy the newly unveiled features. At launch SDN allows you to configure private networks within these data centres but interconnectivity using gateway service is also in the works.
Data centres available at launch:
Other data centres will be upgraded individually in short succession to enable SDN features globally:
If your cloud servers are not deployed at a location already upgraded, feel free to deploy to one of the initial launch locations to experiment with the new features ahead of time.
So SDN represents new technology, but why should you care? It’s not uncommon for services to launch new features that no one needs or asked for but this is certainly not the case! Software-defined networking has long been one of our most requested features and users independent developers to SMEs to large businesses will find a use for the new features. Here are some of the possible use-cases you might find interesting.
These are but some examples of how SDN could be utilised. Not only do you have a lot of options to configure the new features but also the possibility to build upon the new freedom as you see fit.
SDN (software-defined networking) itself is the technology in the background that enables us to deliver many new features. Utilising the new networking options, you can build real production-grade private networks for many use cases. Here are some of the features you can already find at your disposal.
This is not all! Software-defined networking most importantly enables future network-based services. You can expect to see more new features to help build your cloud infrastructure.
This list is far from exhaustive as SDN allows us to develop on robust connections to any network or network service. Even more new features are already being planned on our roadmap.
After a lot of work in development, the launch of SDN is a big moment for us and we hope you are just as excited to start using it. How the new features are going to be used will naturally be entirely up to you. We are looking forward to seeing all the creative ways you, our users, will find to utilise the new features. Don’t wait to get started!
Many thanks to everyone for your patience and stay tuned for more feature announcements!
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Thanks a lot for sharing article about SDN. I hope this will improve the networking performance and would suit better than traditional network management.