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SDN for Network Engineers Training

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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 also required.


  • 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:
    • o Open SDN
    • o SDN via APIs
    • o SDN via Overlays
    • o SDN Evolution
    • o SDN Vendors
    • o 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.

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