Japanese group KDDI has revealed plans to switch on a software-defined network (SDN) platform for its corporate customers, starting 5 December 2017. In a press release, the telco says it will begin offering its SDN-based ‘KDDI SD-Network Platform’ solution to corporate customers in 37 countries – including Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Myanmar, India and Australia – and regions. The platform is designed to alleviate congestion and help enterprises cope with surging data traffic growth by allowing branch officers to establish a direct internet connection between particular applications and cloud services. The service uses virtualisation technology from Versa Networks including the vendor’s Cloud IP Platform and SD-WAN and SD-Security solutions. These offer functions including multipath control, segmentation and a next generation firewall, it says. Customers will be able select and dynamically change the package of product features being consumed depending on their situation and quickly deploy the offering on an existing VPN service and internet connection. Furthermore, KDDI will also launch its KDDI Security Cloud service, which it claims improves the level of security when using cloud services.