Software Defined Networks (SDN) & Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
Software-defined Networking (SDN) is a new approach to designing, building and managing networks. It has evolved from original research work done at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. SDN allows network administrators to quickly and easily manage network services from a centralize location without having to manually configure each individual network element (switch/router). This is done through abstraction of lower layers functionality.
The basic concept of SDN is to make network control decisions from centralized location. This is done by decoupling and optimizing the system that makes switching/routing decisions and other control functions such as signalling (the control plane) from the underlying systems that forwards traffic to the selected destination (the data plane).
SDN requires some mechanisms for the centralized controller (such as Open Daylight or Open Network Operating System (ONOS) to communicate with the distributed data plane. This interface is also called Southbound interface. One such southbound interface is OpenFlow. The Open Networking Foundation was founded to promote SDN and OpenFlow by specifying the OpenFlow Application Programming Interfaces (API) for connecting between Software Defined Controllers and switches/routers.
SDN environment also utilizes open application programmatic interfaces to support the communication between applications and their controller (also called Northbound Interface). Northbound APIs enable efficient service activation, management and automation.
The goal of Network Virtualization (NV) is to simplify, optimize, and enhance the network by creating logical networks that are decoupled from the underlying physical hardware. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) simulates hardware platforms, such as firewall or storage, using software components. This allows the usage of “off the self” computing platforms and therefore cost savings.
This technology will be applicable to the deployment of major carrier networks, engineered for the delivery of carrier services through performance controlled interfaces such as those used in Carrier Ethernet networks. It will also be widely used in enterprise Cloud Computing systems.
This course describes the basic concepts of Software Defined Networks and the market drivers for these emerging technologies, The course looks at the different emerging flavours of Software Defined Networks. In addition, the course discusses the various flavors of north and southbound interfaces (their data models and protocols).
The course also discuss different approaches for virtualization, how they can be used to model and deploy network and service functions in cloud computing environments as well as Network Function Virtualization and the environment and tools (such as OpenStack) for monitoring and managing such functions.
- Describe the key concepts in Software Defined Networks (SDN)
- Examine the SDN architecture and key functions
- Evaluate several SDN controller platforms such as Open Stack Orchestration, POX and Open Daylight
- Evaluate several Cloud Computing Platforms such as OpenStack and CloudStack
- Examine Northbound Interfaces such as REST and Southbound Interfaces such as OpenFlow and Netconf
- Review the architecture and development of the OpenFlow standards
- Appreciate the problems of management and security in SDN
- Describe the key concepts of Network Virtualization and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
- Understand how Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) can be managed
- Identify the current status for development of SDN and NFV technologies
Strategic planners, network architects, network managers, systems engineers, service planners and carrier operation staff who are responsible for planning, implementing and deploying networks which may require SDN and/or NFV techniques in the future.
SDN & NFV currently has varied meanings within the industry and differing adoption strategies are proliferating. To reflect this we can offer a customization service to corporate customers wishing to tailor this series of learning to deliver skills to a wide range of employee roles. Complete blended learning packagers are available that may encompass our online e-learning series, instructor-led classroom technical classes delivered for both onsite and public scheduled formats, and hands-on workshops. Call us now or leave an enquiry to find out more!
Evolution of Software Defined Networks (12 topics)
- The building blocks of modern networks
- Data Plane Functions
- Control Plane Functions
- Distributed Control Planes
- Centralized Control Plane
- Management Plane Functions
- Management protocols and applications
- Southbound Interfaces (SBI)
- Northbound Interfaces (NBI))
- Issues with current network architectures
SDN Definitions (3 topics)
- SDN Definitions
- SDN Market Drivers
- Summary of SDN Principles
SDN Framework (4 topics)
- SDN Concepts
- Open Network Foundation (ONF) SDN Vision
- SDN Architecture
- Distributed vs Centralized Control Plane
SDN Controller Environment (14 topics)
- Event Driven Programming Model
- SDN Southbound Interfaces
- OpenFlow Architecture
- OpenFlow Messages
- OF Notifications Framework
- OpenFlow Implementation Example using Open vSwitch
- OpenFlow Complementary & Alternative Components
- PCEP + Link State DB (BGP-LS)
- SDN Computing Platforms (e.g., RYU, Open Daylight, ONOS...)
- SDN Northbound Interfaces
- REST API
- Controllers Scalability and Redundancy
Virtualization and Network Virtualizations (2 topics)
- Why Use Virtualization?
- Network Programming Models
Cloud Computing (18 topics)
- Architecture of Cloud Computing
- Principles of Cloud Computing
- Cloud Computing Services Model
- Cloud Computing Principles
- Centralized Computing
- Multi-tier Applications
- Grid Computing
- Cloud Computing Definitions
- Virtual Server and Switch in Cloud Environment
- Virtual Server
- Hypervisor Models
- Virtual Switches
- Cloud Computing Platform Examples
- OpenStack Architecture
- Cloud Computing Network Infrastructure and Protocols
NFV (8 topics)
- NFV Definitions
- Market Drivers for NFV
- ETSI NFV ISG Models
- MANO Orchestration Framework
- Example network virtualization functions use cases
- SDN and NFV for Mobile Evolved Packet Core (EPC)
SDN and Cloud Computing Deployment Models (3 topics)
- SDN Deployment Models
- Cloud Computing Networking Deployment Models
- SDN&NFV Security
Evaluation and Review (1 topic)
- Synergies between SDN and NFV
Delegates should be from an engineering background with a solid appreciation of carrier class or enterprise networks. Understanding of a programming language such as Python or Java is helpful but not essential.
Check if you have the required knowledge level by taking our pre-course skills assessment.
Prerequisite Skills Assessments
Please take the following assessments to validate meeting the prerequisite knowledge level required for the course.
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