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Apigee launches product as telcos prep software defined networks

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Apigee, a company that helps customers manage application programming interfaces that developers use to build services, is introducing a product specifically for software-defined networks that will help its telco customers manage their APIs based on the state of the network and policies already in place for specific users.

Apigee, which counts customers such as Walgreens, Telefonica and AT&T(s t), is adding software that can be deployed on controllers such as those offered by Nicira(s vmw), BigSwitch, IBM(s ibm) and others as well as a platform that will help apply analytics to the network to determine when to take specific actions based on polices or the network’s health.

Software defined networks, where the intelligence needed to operate and manage the flow of traffic is no longer housed in expensive gear but in commodity servers running software, are of growing interest to both telcos and data center operators. The benefit of such networks is that the gear is less pricey, but also that such networks are programmable and agile. On the telco side, the hope is that SDNs can help reduce the complexity of moving data across networks and help carriers and ISPs lower their costs.

Sam Ramji, VP of strategy at Apigee, says telcos are trying to deploy SDNs to help monitor certain types of traffic across their network and enforce policies imposed by the subscriber’s billing plan in real time. It’s one of many possible use cases for SDNs, and Apigee hopes that by adding the SDN functionality it can become one of several firms that will help make the holy grail of network-aware applications possible.