SDN for Network Engineers

SDN for Network Engineers

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 controllersStudents 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.

Pre-requisites:  A basic understanding of routing and switching is required. 



Cavell can adjust start and stop time depending on location of enrolled students. If you are enrolling multiple people, you will need to have their shipping address. Course materials will be shipped prior to the start of the event.

Class Description Outline:

  • 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

  • SDN Controller Overview and Anatomy
  • OpenFlow Overview
  • OpenFlow Basics

 Lab 2: Using Floodlight and Avior

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

  • Types of Applications 
  • Reactive
  • Proactive 
  • Blacklist 
  • NAC 

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

  • SDN Camps:SDN Evolution
    • Open SDN
    • SDN via API’s
    • SDN via Overlays
  • SDN Vendors
  • SDN Start-ups
  • SDN Industry

  • 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 Google WAN Case Study 

  • Google WAN Case Study
  • NTT Inter-Data Center Case Study

Lab 6: Using the ODL Controller 

  • Migration Framework 
  • Migration Approaches 
  • Devices and Deployments 
  • Initial Considerations 
  • Implications 

Lab 7: Using Policies on Controller 

  • 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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