Introduction to Software Defined Networking in Windows Server Datacenter

Applies To: Windows Server (Semi-Annual Channel), Windows Server 2016

This topic provides a high-level overview of Microsoft's Software Defined Networking (SDN) solution. If you're new to SDN, or just looking for a clear place to start in understanding our solution, you're in the right place.

For a deeper overview of Microsoft SDN infrastructure, skip this topic and start with the topic Software Defined Networking (SDN).

What can Microsoft SDN provide for your business?

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✓ Accelerate your DevOps cycle

✓ Manage complex policies on-demand

✓ Onboard large workloads quickly

✓ Work seamlessly between your private datacenter and the public cloud

✓ Layered architecture for stronger protection and threat isolation

✓ Full network control for instant reaction to threats

✓ Granular firewall policies

✓ Minimized operation and infrastructure costs

✓ Highly available, self-healing architecture

✓ Smart and flexible resource management

Microsoft SDN Mechanics Video

In this Microsoft Mechanics Video, Windows Server SDN engineer Greg Cusanza joins Matt McSpirit to demonstrate the new Software Defined Networking capabilities in Windows Server 2016. Watch as Cusanza explains the SDN technology underpinnings and shows you how you can use SDN to do the following.

  • Dynamically create, secure, and connect your network to meet the evolving needs of your apps
  • Speed up the deployment of your workloads
  • Contain security vulnerabilities from spreading across your network

SDN allows you to accomplish all of this while also reducing your overall infrastructure costs.

To watch the video on YouTube, click the image below.

SDN Overview Video

SDN Services

Centrally configure and manage physical and virtual network devices
Implement network policies at scale, seamlessly across your environments
Leverage layered network architecture for increased security, protection and isolation
Manage your network based on granular app and security needs
Define routes to control traffic flow between tenants and the virtual and physical networks
Use port mirroring for to enforce policies, detect security threats, monitor compliance and track traffic patterns
Enjoy optimal network performance
Using SDN gateways, extend your virtual network infrastructure across multiple environments, to seamlessly leverage hybrid and cross-cloud flexibility
Experience the power offered by Windows Server 2016 as SDN converges with all of our most innovative storage and compute datacenter solutions

Key Components of SDN Architecture

The following list of SDN technologies provides links to documentation for each technology. For brief technology overviews, see the section Windows Server Technologies for Software Defined Networking in the topic Software Defined Networking (SDN).

SDN Learning Resources

The links above lead to the official documentation on SDN and the key components of SDN architecture. In addition to this core documentation, we have also published several videos, blog posts and other items on SDN. Refer to the links below as additional resources for understanding SDN, and how you might use it to boost your organization's network infrastructure:

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