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Essential SDN  |    A 2 day training course

Essential SDN training course description

Software Defined Networking (SDN) has become one of the industries most talked technologies. This training course cuts through the hype and looks at the technology, architecture and products available for SDN along with looking at the impact it may have on your network.

What will you learn
  • Explain how SDN works.
  • Describe the architecture of SDN.
  • Explain the relationship between SDN and OpenFlow.
  • Recognise the impact SDN will have on existing networks.
Essential SDN training course details
  • Who will benefit:
  • Anyone wishing to know more about SDN.

  • Prerequisites:
  • None.

  • Duration
  • 2 days

  • Dates & prices
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Essential SDN training course contents

  • Introduction
  • What is SDN? What is OpenFlow? SDN benefits. The SDN stack and architecture.

  • SDN architecture
  • SDN applications, SDN switches, SDN controllers, Network Operating Systems. Control plane, data plane. Control to Data Plane Interface (CDPI), Northbound interfaces. SDN components, control and data plane abstractions.

  • Network Operating Systems
  • Finding the topology, Global view, control program, configuration based on views, graph algorithm.

  • OpenFlow
  • Just one part of SDN. Open Networking Foundation, OpenFlow ports, Flow tables, OpenFlow Channels. The OpenFlow protocol, OpenFlow header, OpenFlow operations. OpenFlow versus OpFlex.

  • SDN and open source
  • OpenDaylight, OpenVSwitch, Open Networking Forum, Open Network Operating System. OpenStack Neutron.

  • SDN implications
  • Separation of control and data plane, NOS running on servers, Emphasis on edge complexity, core simplicity, OpenvSwitch, Incremental migration, importance of software. SDN vs NVF.

Learning path



Based on overall customer ratings

J. S. - Framestore CFC

"Hard concepts were explained very simply"

B. M. London Internet Exchange

"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."

Training approach

This structured course uses Instructor Led Training to provide the best possible learning experience. Small class sizes ensure students benefit from our engaging and interactive style of teaching with delegates encouraged to ask questions throughout the course. Quizzes follow each major section allowing checking of learning.