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Definitive network virtualization  |    A 2 day   hands on   training course

Network virtualization training course description

This course covers network virtualization. It has been designed to enable network engineers to recognise and handle the requirements of networking Virtual Machines. Both internal and external network virtualization is covered along with the technologies used to map overlay networks on to the physical infrastructure. Hands on sessions are used to reinforce the theory rather than teach specific manufacturer implementations.

What will you learn
  • Evaluate network virtualization implementations and technologies.
  • Connect Virtual Machines with virtual switches.
  • Explain how overlay networks operate.
  • Describe the technologies in overlay networks.
Network virtualization training course details

Network virtualization training course contents

  • Virtualization review
  • Hypervisors, VMs, containers, migration issues, Data Centre network design. TOR and spine switches. VM IP addressing and MAC addresses.
    Hands on VM network configuration

  • Network virtualization
  • What is network virtualization, internal virtual networks, external virtual networks. Wireless network virtualization: spectrum, infrastructure, air interface. Implementations: Open vSwitch, NSX, Cisco, others.
    Hands on VM communication over the network.

  • Single host network virtualization
  • NICs, vNICs, resource allocation, vSwitches, tables, packet walks. vRouters.
    Hands on vSwitch configuration, MAC and ARP tables.

  • Container networks
  • Single host, network modes: Bridge, host, container, none.
    Hands on Docker networking.

  • Multi host network virtualization
  • Access control, path isolation, controllers, overlay networks. L2 extensions. NSX manager. OpenStack neutron. Packet walks. Distributed logical firewalls. Load balancing.
    Hands on Creating, configuring and using a distributed vSwitch.

  • Mapping virtual to physical networks
  • VXLAN, VTEP, VXLAN encapsulation, controllers, multicasts and VXLAN. VRF lite, GRE, MPLS VPN, 802.1x.
    Hands on VXLAN configuration.

  • Orchestration
  • vCenter, vagrant, OpenStack, Kubernetes, scheduling, service discovery, load balancing, plugins, CNI, Kubernetes architecture.
    Hands on Kubernetes networking.

  • Summary
  • Performance, NFV, automation. Monitoring in virtual networks.

Learning path



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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.