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SDN Foundations

This is a 3-day class with 50% lecture and 50% lab that covers the most recent developments in the SDN arena. This unique offering showcases several vendor solutions in the practical component of the class, and allows attendees to gain valuable insight into how the industry is progressing, learn about OpenFlow, as well as gain experience with python to build a simple APP for OpenDayLight.

Day 1

Module 1: Introduction Agenda

  • Company introduction
  • Attendee introductions
  • Logistics

Module 2: Definitions and Standards

  • Problems in networking (that SDN can help solve)
  • Making the case for SDN
  • SDN flavors
  • What is OpenFlow
  • How does OpenFlow work
  • Friends of SDN
  • SDN definers

Lab 1 – NEC ProgrammableFlowController and Mininet

Module 3: Open SDN - Vendor offerings

  • Pica8
    • Overview
    • L2/L3
    • OVS/OpenFlow
    • Data center orchestration

Lab 2 – Pica8 + ODL / OVS

  • BigSwitch
    • Company info
    • Products
    • Evolution of SDN architecture
    • SDN in the data center
    • Big Cloud Fabric overview

Lab 3 – BigSwitch Cloud Fabric

Day 2

  • Brocade
    • Overview
    • Features
    • Packaging and pre-requisites
    • Use cases and added value
    • Application portability and IP protection
    • Support options

Lab 4 – Brocade Vyatta Controller

Module 4: SDN via APIs - Vendor offerings

  • Cisco
    • Overview
    • APIC-EM
    • DevNet learning labs

Lab 5 – Cisco DevNet

Module 5: SDN via Overlays - Vendor offerings

  • Juniper Contrail
    • Overview
    • Architecture
    • Business use case
    • Pros
    • Cons

    Lab 6 – Juniper Contrail

    Module 6: Case Studies

    • SDN environments
      • Data center
      • WAN
      • Transport networks
    • JOIN/VMWare
    • Cloudwatt/Contrail
    • Kanazawa University Hospital – NEC based solution
    • Ballarat Grammer – HP based solution

    Day 3

    Module 7: ODL and OpenStack side by side comparison

    • Orchestrator vs controller
    • OpenStack overview
    • OpenDaylight overview
    • OpenDaylight integration with OpenStack

    Module 8: Industry perspective

    • The state of SDN Adoption – Gartner 6/16/14 by Andrew Learner
      • Poll results
      • Observations
      • 2015 Insight
    • Where is the enterprise infrastructure headed in 2015 – Gigaom 12/20/14 by Steve Herrod
    • Module 9: SDN Programming 101

      • Techniques for network programmers
      • Python primer
      • Programming tools for ODL

      Lab 7 – Building an APP to run on ODL