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[NWV_122] Essentials of SDN

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Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a relatively new concept within the industry and has recently gained traction. Standards and implementations of SDN are still evolving as the industry grapples with this potentially significant technology transformation. SDN proposes to take the traditional implementation of the networking and dis-assemble it. SDN is a collection of technologies that split the data, control and management planes of the network. By doing this, the expectation is that it will improve network flexibility, manageability and allow the network administrator to customize the operations and services of the network on a large scale. The student will be introduced to SDN concepts and standards and learn about the interface between NFV and other network virtualization technologies.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the student will be able to:
• Describe Software Defined Networking
• List the motivations for SDN
• List the competing standards for SDN
• Sketch the SDN architecture
• List the functions of SDN components
• Discuss the Southbound Protocols
• Describe Network Functions Virtualization
• Discuss some applications for SDN
• Discuss the requirements on the Northbound API
• List the SDN migration strategies

Intended Audience

This is an overview class, intended for a non-technical audience an interest in understanding key concepts in Software Defined Networking (SDN).

Suggested Prerequisites

• Good understanding of IP networking concepts

Course Length

1 Day

Course Outlines / Knowledge Knuggets

1. SDN in Network Transformation
1.1. SDN, NFV, Cloud

2. SDN Overview and Architecture
2.1. SDN benefits and challenges
2.2. SDN supporting standards
2.3. Pre-SDN – Distributed routing
2.4. SDN architecture and framework
2.5. SDN deployment options
2.6. SDN principles
2.7. SDN interfaces (No; So; East; West)

3. SDN Operation
3.1. Separation of control plane and data plane
3.2. Key SDN protocols
3.3. SDN traffic flow
3.4. Services and services chaining
3.5. Use case - Network optimization
3.6. Use case – Traffic steering

4. SDN Programmability
4.1. Northbound and Southbound interfaces
4.2. NFV interface with SDN
4.3. Modern (SDN) programmability
4.3.1. Characteristics
4.3.2. Pub-sub (loose coupling)
4.3.3. REST API introduction

5. SDN Migration
5.1. DevOps
5.1.1. Dual mode IT
5.1.2. DevOps tools
5.1.3. Agile psychology
5.2. Requirements of North Bound Interface (NBI)
5.3. SDN switch hybrid mode
5.4. SDN and Cloud connection


- 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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