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[NWV_120] SDN and NFV Essentials

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Service providers are moving to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) architecture to bring new services to their customers faster while reducing the cost of managing their global network. This course is designed to provide conceptual yet practical examples of where various technologies are applied to a service provider’s network and how the network transitions from today’s physical network to tomorrow’s virtualized and agile networks. The focus will be on technologies such as OpenStack IaaS, NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), SDN, APIs (Application Programming Interface), Network Analytics as well as Orchestration and how they all come together to create software-defined programmable agile networks.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the participant will be able to:
• Communicate effectively using proper virtualization terminology
• List business drivers and impacts for SDN and NFV
• Sketch the conceptual architecture of Software-Defined Networking
• Discuss fundamental technical concepts and value proposition behind virtualization, OpenStack, NFV, SDN, APIs and Orchestration
• Illustrate how NFV, SDN, SFN, OpenStack, MANO (Orchestration) and OSS/BSS work together to enable agile network service deployment
• Illustrate how Physical Infrastructure (underlay) and Virtual Networks (overlay) coexist and operate
• List key challenges and possible migration paths
• Compare current and future capacity, reliability and performance management paradigms
• Illustrate key use cases for network virtualization

Intended Audience

This course is designed for professionals who are looking for fundamental understanding of software defined network virtualization paradigm.

Suggested Prerequisites

• [NWV_117] Welcome to SDN and NFV Foundations (eLearning)
• [NWV_118] Welcome to SDN and NFV Technologies (eLearning)

Course Length

1 day

Course Outlines / Knowledge Knuggets

1. The Network Virtualization
1.1. Why SDN and NFV?
1.2. Role of cloud, NFV, SDN, Orchestration, network analytics, and APIs
1.3. Fundamental shifts

2. Virtualization Concepts
2.1. Why Virtualization?
2.2. Role of OS and Hypervisor
2.2.1. VMs and containers
2.3. Cloud paradigm
2.4. Orchestration

3. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
3.1. What and why?
3.2. NFV architecture and components
3.3. Network Function: Today and tomorrow
3.4. Orchestration with descriptors

4. Cloud IaaS with OpenStack
4.1. OpenStack and its role
4.2. Architecture and components
4.3. Control nodes vs. compute nodes
4.4. Scenario: VM instantiation

5. Software Defined Networking (SDN)
5.1. SDN and NFV working together
5.2. SDN architecture
5.3. SDN in tomorrow’s network
5.3.1. Routers: Today and tomorrow
5.4. Service chaining
5.5. SDN and NFV challenges

6. Deployment at Service Providers
6.1. Key use cases at service providers
6.1.1. vEPC, vIMS, vCPE
6.2. Capacity: Today and tomorrow
6.3. Reliability: Today and tomorrow
6.4. Performance considerations


- 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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