SDNF: Software Defined Networking Fundamentals

For the past 20 years, networking has not been able to quickly respond to changing business demands. Software-Defined Networking (SDN) promises to change this. SDN empowers the business to control network behavior by emphasizing the application instead of the network infrastructure.

Regardless of your hardware or software environment, this vendor-neutral course offers a clear picture of how SDN: Allows more efficient provisioning of new services and applications, Realises cost savings, Reduces configuration time and errors, Enhances security, Relates to/enhances cloud computing.


This course has been designed for individuals interested in gaining a high-level understanding of SDN (Software-Defined Networking).


It is helpful if the attendees have a basic understanding of infrastructure and networking terms. 

Course objectives

After attending this course you should be able to:

  • Differentiate between SDN and its myths
  • Recognise the current SDN solution providers
  • Understand the Business and technical challenges that SDN solves
  • Understand how SDN enhances cloud computing
  • Recognize howSDN impacts your organization, your team, and you.

Course content

  • Identify and dispel the myths surrounding SDN
  • Determine the basic feature sets offered by different vendors and identify each vendor's style: 
    • Physical
    • Virtual
    • Firewall
  • Define SDN
  • The Evolution of SDN
  • Compare a traditional network and a SDN network
  • SDN terminology
    • Controllers
    • Devices
    • Applications
    • APIs (northbound and southbound)
    • Planes (mgmt, ctrl, data)Draw a conceptual diagram of SDNS
  • DN enabling tools and technologies
  • Apply SDN to your organizational challenges
  • Business and technical challenges solved by SDN
  • Relationship between SDN and cloud computing
  • Roles and responsibilities in SDN
    • IT Management
    • Security and compliance
    • Network administration
    • Server and virtualization administration
  • How roles in an SDN network differ from a traditional network
  • How roles change, merge, and re-task for SDN
  • The need for collaboration between roles

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