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Network Transformation Essentials (SDN/NFV) *NEW*

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Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are transforming their businesses and networks, driven largely by new technologies and economic realities. A solid understanding of the new networking and operator business paradigms is essential for all professionals in the industry. The rollout of all IP wireless networks, coupled with the introduction of advanced IT technologies in the telecom domain create opportunities for fundamental shifts. Cloud, open source software, and emerging networking technologies such as NFV and SDN improve network economics and provide new business opportunities. This course will help participants understand the vision of the transformed CSP network, and the role that SDN, NFV, APIs, and Big Data play in the transformation. The session includes in-class exercises and interaction to reinforce the ways in which these technologies add value to CSP customers.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the student will be able to:
• List the business drivers for the CSP network transformation
• Describe key operational impacts to mobile CSP organizations
• Discuss fundamental technical concepts and value proposition behind SDN and NFV
• Discuss fundamental technology concepts and the value proposition behind OpenStack cloud IaaS
• Discuss fundamental technology concepts and value proposition behind APIs
• Discuss fundamental technology concepts and value proposition behind Binetwork analytics
• Sketch the conceptual vision of transformed CSP networks
• Show how SDN, NFV and network analytics interwork
• Discuss possible deployment & architectural choices for CSPs
• Describe role of orchestration in a transformed network
• List key challenges and possible migration paths

Intended Audience

This session is intended for professionals in sales engineering and other technology organizations interested in learning about the technologies and drivers impacting Network Transformation at CSPs.

Suggested Prerequisites

• Participants need to have some exposure to foundational concepts in technology transformation
• Technology Trends for Business I (2015) (Instructor Led)
• Technology Trends for Business II (2015) (Instructor Led)

Course Length

1 day

Course Outlines / Knowledge Knuggets

1. The Network Transformation
1.1. Business drivers
1.2. Vision of future CSP network

2. What is Virtualization?
2.1. Virtualization overview
2.2. Benefits and capabilities
2.3. Hypervisor architecture
2.4. Virtualization and IaaS

3. Cloud with OpenStack IaaS
3.1. Benefits of cloud IaaS
3.2. Role of clouds in network transformation
3.3. Cloud alternatives
3.4. What is OpenStack?
3.5. OpenStack architecture and components
3.6. OpenStack vs. VMWare

4. Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
4.1. SDN: What and why?
4.2. Role of SDN in network transformation
4.3. SDN technologies and terms
4.4. SDN architecture and components
4.5. Migration to SDN

5. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
5.1. NFV: What and why?
5.2. Role of NFV in network transformation
5.3. NFV technologies and terms
5.4. NFV architecture and components
5.5. Migration to NFV

6. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
6.1. Role of APIs in network transformation
6.2. API technologies and terms
6.3. RESTful API operations

7. Big Data and Network Analytics
7.1. Big Data - What and why?
7.2. Role of Big Data in network and business transformation
7.3. Big Data technologies and terms
7.4. Big Data architecture

8. Putting It All Together
8.1. End-to-end transformed network architecture
8.2. Deployment considerations
8.3. Challenges ahead


- Self-paced, animated, and interactive

- $150/each course for 6 month license

- Immediate online access upon purchase

- Flexible way to take training at any hour

- Online training transcript available

- Electronic certificates at completion

- Full list of courses at


For any additional questions,
please contact Mr. Rod Marckese
at +1-972-664-0727 x246 or

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