Software Defined Networking (SDN50)


A one-day introduction to Software Defined Networking

Our Software Defined Networking Fundamentals (SDN50) course is a one day instructor-led training providing a new paradigm of networking. This training is for network architects, engineers, administrators, technical managers/leads, product managers, and sales engineers. You will learn the fundamentals of Software Defined Networking (SDN), OpenFlow and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). This vendor-agnostic, technology-inclusive course is broken up into two sections: lectures and labs.

In lectures, instructors will give you knowledge of building blocks of SDN, its fundamentals and familiarize you with the protocols in use. Highly correlated, NFV technologies are explained. Performance aspects of NFV take a special attention, so that DPDK, SR-IOV, NUMA are covered in the course as well. Among already established technologies, instructors will also give an introduction to the most recent moves in SDN world, such as Linux kernel enhancements called XDP (eXpress Data Path). Apart from fundamentals, you’ll learn main use cases and architectures used in modern SDN solutions: OpenDayLight, Contrail, Calico, ONOS are covered in the course.

From the labs you will get hands-on experience with Open vSwitch, Mininet and ONOS.

Course Details

  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Price: $ 1000.00 USD


  • Basic GNU/Linux command line
  • Networking fundamentals
  • Basics of TCP/IP suite of protocols

Target Audience

  • Network Professionals
  • Technical Managers/Leads
  • Product Managers
  • Sales Engineers

Lab Requirements

  • Laptop with WiFi Card
  • Web browser such as Firefox or Chrome
  • SSH & SCP programs


  • An understanding of SDN and OpenFlow concepts
  • An understanding of NFV concepts
  • Familiarity with SDN motivation, benefits, use cases, and applications
  • Familiarity with the basic SDN concepts: control plane, data plane, flow tables
  • The relation between SDN and NFV
  • Experience with Open vSwitch, Mininet and Wireshark


  • Course Introduction
  • Introduction to SDN
  • Introduction to OpenFlow
  • Introduction to NFV
  • The SDN Stack
  • Overview of Open-Source Implementations
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Upcoming Classes


Instructor-led online training

Location Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar 2017 Apr 2017 May 2017 Jun 2017 Jul 2017 Aug 2017 Sep 2017 Oct 2017 Nov 2017
Virtual - Americas Jan 24
Feb 7
Virtual - EMEA Feb 14

United States

Location Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar 2017 Apr 2017 May 2017 Jun 2017 Jul 2017 Aug 2017 Sep 2017 Oct 2017 Nov 2017
Sunnyvale, CA Feb 7