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Introduction to Software-Defined Networking (SDN)



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3 Days


About This Course: Today’s professionals must possess a solid foundation in Software-Defined Networking (SDN) to streamline enterprise operations and maintain a competitive edge. This SDN training course provides you with a working knowledge of SDN concepts, products, challenges and benefits for rapidly responding to the business needs of your organization.

You Will Learn How To

  • Optimize your network and applications with SDN
  • Choose the right SDN technology for your organization
  • Compare and contrast VMware NSX, Microsoft Hyper-V, Cisco ACI and OpenFlow to select the appropriate technology for your organization
  • Utilize Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) for multi-layer applications
  • Configure networks from a central controller

Course Outline

  • The Business Case for SDN

The role of SDN in data center, cloud and hybrid solutions

  • Demystifying SDN concepts and evolution
  • Analyzing current environments for implementing SDN

Cost and administrative savings

  • Responding faster to change requests
  • Lowering network management overhead (OPEX)
  • Decreasing capital costs (CAPEX) with commodity hardware
  • Identifying Where to Implement SDN

Selecting SDN starting points for your organization

  • Choosing virtual-only or physical implementations
  • Extending SDN outside of the data center

Assessing applications for optimization

  • Scaling networks for applications
  • Interconnecting applications for business needs
  • Choosing the Right SDN Technology

Analyzing basic SDN concepts

  • Connecting applications with data flows
  • Controlling physical and virtual SDN switches

Working with centralized controllers

  • Moving the control plane to centralized controllers
  • Configuring northbound policy and routing
  • Managing southbound switch controls
  • Comparing SDN to Traditional Networks

Speeding up application deployment

  • Deploying applications rapidly
  • Ensuring application and VM firewall security

Contrasting OpenFlow networks to traditional networks

  • Basing SDN technologies on OpenFlow concepts
  • Combining OpenFlow components
  • Creating Overlay Virtualized Networks

Simplifying VM management

  • Setting up networks for multi-VM deployments
  • Re-provisioning the virtual network infrastructure

Achieving independence from network hardware

  • Encapsulating traffic between hypervisors
  • Lowering costs with commodity switches
  • Evaluating the Main Vendor Technologies

Setting up VMware NSX

  • Provisioning your entire data center from a single console
  • Tunneling traffic with VXLAN overlays
  • Achieving fault tolerance with NSX controller clusters
  • Controlling multi-vendor environments with NSX

Creating network overlays in Microsoft Hyper-V

  • Overlaying tunnels with NVGRE
  • Utilizing System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) to establish multi-tenant overlays
  • Rapidly deploying application clusters with templates

Provisioning Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

  • Viewing SDN the "Cisco way"
  • Defining application network profiles
  • Controlling the network with Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC)
  • Structuring your network with Group-Based Policies (GBP)
  • Setting up SDN in Public Clouds

Connecting to Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

  • Working with filtering and limits in public clouds
  • Choosing the right Amazon network option
  • Interacting with the Amazon network controller

Establishing multi-tier cloud applications

  • Managing multi-tier applications in VPC
  • Separating traffic in public and private subnets
  • Analyzing SDN Traffic

Troubleshooting common issues

  • Keeping management network traffic outside of SDN
  • Identifying flows to discover network issues
  • Creating firewall rules at the VM and flow level

Capturing overlay traffic

  • Utilizing Wireshark in an SDN environment
  • Mirroring SDN flows for analyzing traffic
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Course Schedule

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Tuition due 30 days after your course.

Nov 9 - 11 New York/AnyWare Enroll Now

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After-Course Instructor Coaching
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Free Course Exam
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Training Hours

Standard Course Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
*Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

FREE Online Course Exam (if applicable) – Last Day: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
By successfully completing your FREE online course exam, you will:

  • Have a record of your growth and learning results.
  • Bring proof of your progress back to your organization
  • Earn credits toward industry certifications (if applicable)
  • Make progress toward one or more Learning Tree Specialist & Expert Certifications (if applicable)

Enhance Your Credentials with Professional Certification

Learning Tree's comprehensive training and exam preparation guarantees that you will gain the knowledge and confidence to achieve professional certification and advance your career.

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Earn 17 Credits from NASBA

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