application-defined networking

Application-defined networking (ADN) is a networking scenario in which applications have the ability to adapt network environments to meet their needs, rather than having resources allocated by the network.

The ADN model relies upon software-defined networking (SDN), which removes network control from hardware and implements it in software instead to enable dynamic management of network resources.

In an application-defined networking environment, applications would be coded for interconnection to network software and infrastructure through application-program interfaces (APIs). Administrators would prioritize applications and determine constraints and applications would dictate their resource requirements within those constraints to optimize application delivery.

App-aware networking is a related concept in which intelligent networks maintain information about application status and requirements to optimize application delivery, while still retaining control of resource allocation and configuration.

This was last updated in March 2013
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

More News and Tutorials

There are Comments. Add yours.

TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

Research More Tech Terms

  • Search thousands of tech definitions
  • Browse tech definitions
    Browse Alphabetically:

Powered by

File Extensions and File Formats

File Extension and File Formats List:

Powered by