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The SDN for Network Engineers class is a 2-day class with 50% lecture and 50% lab that gives a background on SDN architecture, definitions, use cases, where the industry is heading and migration strategies. This class has been designed to provide a broad and hands-on experience for network engineers requiring SDN knowledge.  The Lab uses a variety of controllers including Floodlight, OpenDaylight and commercial controllers.


Students should have a basic understanding of common virtualization tools such as Virtualbox or VMWare Fusion and have a laptop with permissions to modify BIOS to permit virtualization and install VMs.

A basic understanding of routing and switching is required.


Class Description Outline:

Module 1:  Introduction to SDN Technologies

  • SDN history
  • SDN definitions
  • Why SDN (Technical and Business Drivers)
  • SDN related technologies (NFV, Openstack and overlays)

Lab 1:  Setting up your network with Mininet

Module 2:  OpenFlow Tutorial

  • SDN controller overview and anatomy
  • OpenFlow overview
  • OpenFlow basics

Lab 2:  Using Floodlight and Avior

Module 3:  Applications

  • Types of applications
  • Reactive
  • Proactive
  • Blacklist
  • NAC

Lab 3:  Using ovs-ofctl, REST APIs and Wireshark

Module 4:  SDN Survey

  • SDN Camps:
    • Open SDN
    • SDN via API's
    • SDN via Overlays
    • SDN evolution
    • SDN vendors
    • SDN start-ups

Lab 4:  Using Eclipse and a “blacklist” app

Module 5:  Use Cases

  • Use cases in the data center
  • Use cases in the WAN
  • Use cases in the campus
  • Use cases in security

Lab 5:  Using the HP Controller

Module 6:  Case Studies

  • Google WAN Case Study
  • NTT Inter-Data Center Case Study
  • Stanford University Campus

Lab 6:  Using the ODL Controller

Module 7:  Migration Strategies

  • Migration framework
  • Migration approaches
  • Devices and deployments
  • Initial considerations
  • Implications

Lab 7:  Using Policies on Controller

Module 8:  Futures and Rebuttals

  • Future research on SDN
  • SDN rebuttals


Intended Audience:

  • Network Engineers

Also Available On-Demand: If you would like this class delivered to your team on your campus, contact us to schedule and provide group pricing.

Cancelation Policy: Full-refunds will be given to registrants that cancel 6+ business days prior to the event. We'll do our best to help you reschedule as well. No refunds for registrants that cancel less than 6 business days prior to the event.  We reserve the right to postpone a course if a minimum of 3 students is not met.  We strive to give you as much notice as possible.

Contact Us:  SDN Essentials,

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