Course Duration

3 Days


SDN Fundamentals: The Future of Networking

Course Content

Due to the multivendor nature of networking, understanding how to apply Software-Defined Networking (SDN) in your environment can be difficult. Many questions may arise, such as: Do you need to buy anything? Can you implement SDN yourself? Do you need to hire someone? Are you locked into a specific vendor? What options are there when choosing a vendor or implementing a multivendor solution?

In this interactive course, you will analyze multiple vendor solutions and gain the confidence to begin planning your SDN strategy.

What You’ll Learn

• The underlying technologies that enable SDN
• Multiple vendor approaches to SDN
• How to evaluate SDN solutions
• How to plan for SDN

Who Should Attend

Those interested in exploring vendor options for SDN.

Course Outline

1. SDN Overview
• SDN Architecture
• Communication Flows
• Network Functions Virtualization and Overlays
• Activity: SDN Review

2. Developing Your Plan
• Initial Planning and Discovery
• Design Sessions
• Design Development
• Activity: Current State Analysis

3. Vendor Discovery
• Defining the Scope of Your Research
• Identifying Trustworthy Sources of Information
• Locating the Sources
• Starting Your Vendor Research
• Activity: Vendor Research

4. Vendor Interactions
• Distilling the Content
• Considering the Message
• Dissecting the Message
• Exercise: Testing your Defenses
• Interviewing Vendors
• Exercise: Preparing Your Questions
• Fact Checking
• Exercise: Fact Checking

5. Performing a Gap Analysis
• Pulling It All Together
• Validating Assumptions
• Picking a Solution
• Exercise: Creating a Gap Analysis

6. Creating a Conceptual Design
• Conceptual Design Overview
• Conceptual Design Components
• Exercise: Creating a Conceptual Design

7. Proposing Your Plan
• Preparing Your Presentation
• Presenting Your Proposal
• Defending Your Design

8. Action Plan
• The Planning Process
• Where Do You Go from Here?
• Course Takeaways