Intune Networks Announces World's First Distributed SDN Switch

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Intune builds the world's first distributed switch to extend Software Defined Networks (SDN) across carriers' infrastructure.

Intune's iVX8000 Platform

SDN has the potential to transform carriers' business models, turning their networks into huge unified computing resources.

Intune Networks has designed the world's first distributed switch which is capable of extending Software Defined Networks (SDN) across hundreds of miles. The system, which uses a unique optical packet switching fabric, will allow carriers and large IT users to extend SDN beyond the data centre and to unify distributed computing resources over long distances.

The SDN capability is being added to Intune's unique iVX8000 system, which has the characteristics of a local switch distributed across a large area, replacing multiple switches and transport devices with a single network element. Intune will be adding an open interface to the existing iVX8000 platform that allows external standards-based controllers to populate the forwarding fabric of the system.

John Dunne, Intune's Chief Technology Officer said, 'In order to distribute the switching function we have already separated the control, management and data planes across ports that are hundreds of miles apart, so allowing them to be controlled by SDN is a logical next step. Using a distributed switching system means the deployment of SDN across the wide area becomes as simple as deploying it across a single LAN switch.'

SDN is an open standards-based framework that provides a common language for both network and IT resources, allowing the unification of services across both network and IT domains. The technology is already gaining traction within large data centres.

Richard Brandon, Intune's Chief Marketing Officer added, 'SDN has the potential to transform carriers' business models, turning their networks into huge unified computing resources. Current network architectures add massive amounts of complexity to SDN once it leaves the confines of a local data centre. Intune have created a way of solving that problem and expanding SDN across the entire network.'

About Intune Networks Limited (
Intune Networks has developed a brand-new networking technology, allowing telecom operators to scale networks in a way that is simpler to operate, uses fewer components and is far more efficient than any previous system.

Intune has invented a new way of forwarding packets over long distances, creating a distributed optical switch that can switch packets across hundreds of kilometres. Intune's technology uses tuneable LASERs to switch the packets across its system. This reduces network complexity and increases connectivity by making bandwidth instantly available to any point in the network.

Intune are a venture-backed company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with offices in the United States and additional research and development facilities in Belfast, UK.

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