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Software Defined Networking (SDN) enables improved visibility, management and control of networks using software decoupled from switching hardware. Use-cases include analytics of video traffic in carrier networks and flexible cyber-security for enterprise networks.

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Competitive advantage

  • Research, development and commercialisation expertise in:
  • Improved network telemetry and analysis for fine-grained asset and threat visibility
  • Automation and orchestration of network operations for enhanced security
  • Experience in operational deployments and commercial trials of on local area networks through to carrier scale networks
  • End-to-end solutions with full ecosystem integration
  • Patent protected technology


  • More reliable and secure communications
  • Detection of intrusions into and exfiltration from Defence Networks
  • Network activity monitoring of embedded devices in contained environments like submarines
  • Detection and quarantining of compromised devices in battlefield environments

Successful applications

  • SDN solutions in trials with Optus, Asre Telecom, AmLight and Cenic
  • Intellectual property being incorporated into Cisco switches
  • Real-time visibility into individual video streams in a Tier-1 carrier network
  • Flexible inter-domain inter-connects for research networks in USA
  • Real-time health monitoring of complex Internet-of-Things (IoT) environments

Capabilities and facilities

  • Large-scale SDN test-bed spanning 10 Australian organisations
  • Fully-equipped SDN lab with state-of-the-art hardware and software