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Introduction to SDN

Ramp up for the ONF’s associate level certification exam with this 1-day introductory course.
This is a 1-day class that covers the basics of SDN. It is ideal for a beginner audience that wants to obtain an overview of the concepts, definitions and open source initiatives in the SDN arena. It has 50% lecture and 50% lab and is aimed at preparing participants for the ONF associate level certification exam.
By taking this course, attendees will be able to:
1. Identify SDN concepts and architecture as put forth by the ONF
2. Understand the workings of OpenFlow
3. Discuss SDN use cases and migration strategies
4. Understand the ONF as an organization and identify open source initiatives
5. Gain valuable hands-on experience with a Mininet network and the Floodlight Controller
Intended audience
This course is aimed at beginners that want to grasp basic SDN concepts.
Attendees should have a basic understanding of networking and be able to identify the shortcomings of legacy networking infrastructure.


Module 1: Introduction Agenda

  • Company introduction
  • Student introductions
  • Logistics
  • ONF certification overview

Module 2: Definitions and standards

  • Problems in networking (that SDN can help solve)
  • Making the case for SDN
  • SDN flavors

Module 3: OpenFlow

  • What is OpenFlow
  • How does OpenFlow work
  • OF-config
  • SDN Related Technologies
  • SDN Standards Organizations

Module 4: SDN Use Cases

  • Data center/enterprise
  • WAN
  • Transport networks

Module 5: Migration Strategies

  • Framework
  • Migration approaches
  • Devices and deployments
  • Planning

Module 6: Security, the ONF and Controller Redundancy

  • Security and availability
  • Overview of the ONF organization
  • Controller redundancy

Module 7: Open source initiatives

  • Overview
  • Open source controllers
  • Other open source initiatives

Lab: Using the Floodlight controller

  • Using the Floodlight controller and Mininet
  • Using a Java based application to monitor the network
  • Using Wireshark to analyze OpenFlow messages

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