Software Defined Networks (SDN), Telco Cloud & Virtualization

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Code PWL400

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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
  • Review the different approaches for SDN
  • 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

Target Audience

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, Telco Cloud & Network Virtualization knowledge.

Additional Information

Pick & Mix to Suit Your Organizations Network DNA

SDN, Telco Cloud & Virtualization has varied adoption strategies within each operator. 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. Leave an enquiry or talk to us to find out more.


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Evolution of Software Defined Networks (18 topics)

  • The building blocks of modern networks
  • Data Plane Functions
  • Control Plane Functions
  • Distributed Control Planes
  • Centralized Control Plane
  • Example of distributed Control Plane Protocols & Functionality e.g.,
  • ITU G.8031/G.8032
  • Management Plane Functions
  • Management protocols and applications
  • Southbound Interfaces (SBI)
  • Information Models & Data Models
  • SNMP
  • Packet and Optical Integration Methods
  • 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 (22 topics)

  • Event Driven Programming Model
  • SDN Southbound Interfaces
  • OpenFlow
  • OpenFlow Architecture
  • OpenFlow Messages
  • OF 1.5 Packet Processing Summary
  • OF Security Modes
  • OF-Config
  • OF Notifications Framework
  • OpenFlow Implementation Example using Open vSwitch
  • SDN Northbound Interfaces
  • OpenFlow Complementary & Alternative Components
  • PCEP + Link State DB (BGP-LS)
  • SDN Computing Platforms
  • Nox & Pox
  • RYU
  • FloodLight
  • OpenDaylight (ODL)
  • Open Network Operating System (ONOS)
  • ONOS Scale-out and HA
  • Controllers Scalability and Redundancy

Virtualization and Network Virtualizations (13 topics)

  • Why Use Virtualization?
  • Network Programming Models
  • Virtualization in Cloud Environment
  • Virtual Server
  • Containers
  • Container Technology
  • Containers vs. VMs
  • Container Management
  • New Generation of Containers and Management Tools
  • Containers and Orchestration Alternatives
  • Container as a Service (CaaS)
  • Managed Kubernetes Services
  • Containers and VMs Hybrid Models

Cloud Computing (22 topics)

  • Architecture of Cloud Computing
  • Principles of Cloud Computing
  • Centralized Computing
  • Multi-tier Applications
  • Grid Computing
  • Cloud Computing Definitions
  • Open vSwitch Placement in Cloud Computing Environment
  • Microservices
  • Cloud Computing Platform Examples
  • OpenStack
  • OpenStack Architecture & Components
  • OpenStack Components Overview
  • Cloud Computing Network Infrastructure and Example Protocols
  • Overlay Solutions: VXLAN
  • Overlay Solutions: EVPN
  • VxLAN and EVPN Integrated Networking
  • SDN Support for Virtual Networks
  • Data Center Evolution
  • Telco Data Center
  • Data Center Mano Based Orchestration
  • Data Center Routing Approaches
  • New Techniques for DC Routing

NFV (10 topics)

  • NFV Definitions
  • NFV Definitions and Features
  • NFV Overview
  • Market Drivers for NFV
  • The major challenges presented by moving to an NFV solution
  • ETSI NFV ISG Models
  • MANO Orchestration Framework
  • Example network virtualization functions use cases
  • vCPE/uCPE
  • SDN and NFV for Mobile Evolved Packet Core (EPC)

Example network virtualization functions use cases (3 topics)

  • SD-WAN
  • VNFs deployment and vCPE / uCPE
  • 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

SDN & NFV Security Considerations (3 topics)

  • SDN and NFV Threats Considerations
  • SDN Controller Security
  • SDN and NFV Security Solutions

Evaluation and Review (8 topics)

  • Synergies between SDN and NFV
  • SDN and NFV Market Trends
  • SDN Market Trends
  • The Future of SDN
  • NFV Market Trends
  • NFV Current Issues
  • Lean NFV Proposed Solution
  • CI/CD (Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery/Continuous Deployment)


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.

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