SDN & NFV Online E-Learning Modules

5 Hour Course
Code PWL410

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 A series of short online modules that offer high level introductions to Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Virtualization (NV) / Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). This selection of online modules are available to attend individually or can be purchased as a complete package.

Perpetual Solutions offer these as standard online e-learning modules or as online e-learning PLUS format where we allow access to our experienced SDN/NFV instructors so that you can ask own unique questions.


Delegates attending each of these online modules will gain a high level understanding of:

  • SDN Market Drivers
  • SDN Concepts
  • SDN Controllers
  • SDN Forwarding Infrastructure
  • SDN APIs and Protocols
  • SDN Management and Orchestation
  • Service Provider SDN Use Cases
  • NFV Concepts, Architectures & Products
  • ETSI NFV Use Cases

Target Audience

This series of online modules offer high level overviews that are useful for audience types who do not require deep level technical training, such as that found in our classroom or onsite training courses, but need an appreciation of the standards, architecture, technologies and business impacts of SDN & NFV.

Additional Information

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. Leave an enquiry or talk to us to find out more.


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SDN Market Drivers - 30 minutes (4 topics)

  • The building blocks of modern networks (Data, Control and Management Planes, Centralized vs. Distributed models)
  • Issues with current network architectures
  • Identify the purpose of SDN
  • Identify the benefits of SDN

SDN Concepts - 30 minutes (5 topics)

  • Identify SDN concepts
  • Identify basic network virtualization concepts
  • Identify the general purpose of APIs
  • Pre-SDN Models

SDN Controller - 30 minutes (3 topics)

  • Identify industry initiatives for SDN controllers
  • Identify the OpenDaylight SDN controller architecture
  • Identify the OpenStack Heat Orchestrator SDN controller architecture

SDN APIs and Protocols - 60 minutes (12 topics)

  • Identify the general purpose of APIs
  • Describe the northbound SDN controller APIs (REST)
  • Describe the southbound SDN controller interfaces and protocols
  • Provide a short description of few southbound interfaces & protocols
  • OpenFlow
  • OpenFlow architecture and evolution
  • YANG Modelling
  • OSGi specifications
  • Segment Routing
  • I2RS (BGP-LS)

Management and Orchestration - 30 minutes (3 topics)

  • Identify the role of orchestration
  • Describe how SDN impacts network management
  • SDN Deployment Scenarios

Identifying Cloud Service Provider SDN Use Cases - 30 minutes (7 topics)

  • Describe Cloud compute, Storage & Networking environment
  • Identify Cloud Computing Platforms (e.g., Openstack)
  • Hypervisor and Virtual Machines (VM) Models
  • Identify some Hypervisors used in the industry (KVM Hypervisor, Linux containers (LXC), VMWare vSphere
  • Identify HW support (e.g. DPDK)
  • Identify Virtual Components (e.g. Open vSwitch (OVS) with Open vSwitch Database (OVSD))
  • Identify data plane overlay protocols related to SDN (e.g., vxLAN, LISP, MPLS)

NFV Concepts, Architecture & Products - 30 minutes

Identifying ETSI NFV Use Cases - 30 minutes

Carrier Ethernet and SDN/NFV Vision - 30 minutes

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