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Introduction to SDN (ONF Certified)

This is a 1-day class that covers the basics of SDN. It is ideal for a beginner audience that wants to obtain an overview of the concepts, definitions and open source initiatives in the SDN arena. It has 50% lecture and 50% lab and is aimed at preparing participants for the ONF associate level certification exam.

  • Identify SDN concepts and architecture as put forth by the ONF
  • Understand the workings of OpenFlow
  • Discuss SDN use cases and migration strategies
  • Understand the ONF as an organization and identify open source initiatives
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience with a Mininet network and the Floodlight Controller

Attendees should have a basic understanding of networking and be able to identify the shortcomings of legacy networking infrastructure.

Attendees should have a basic understanding of networking and be able to identify the shortcomings of legacy networking infrastructure.

Module 1: Introduction Agenda

  • Company introduction
  • Student introductions
  • Logistics
  • ONF certification overview

Module 2: Definitions and standards

  • Problems in networking (that SDN can help solve)
  • Making the case for SDN
  • SDN flavors

Module 3: OpenFlow

  • What is OpenFlow
  • How does OpenFlow work
  • OF-config
  • SDN Related Technologies
  • SDN Standards Organizations

Module 4: SDN Use Cases

  • Data center/enterprise
  • WAN
  • Transport networks

Module 5: Migration Strategies

  • Framework
  • Migration approaches
  • Devices and deployments
  • Planning

Module 6: Security, the ONF and Controller Redundancy

  • Security and availability
  • Overview of the ONF organization
  • Controller redundancy

Module 7: Open source initiatives

  • Overview
  • Open source controllers
  • Other open source initiatives

Lab: Using the Floodlight controller

  • Using the Floodlight controller and Mininet
  • Using a Java based application to monitor the network
  • Using Wireshark to analyze OpenFlow messages