SD-WAN Technology and Architecture

2 Day Course
Hands On
Code PWL416

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This workshop provides an insight into current market drivers and technical overview of the Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN). It includes a review of current Enterprise networks and WAN services and highlights SD-WAN motivation, current architectures, SD-WAN functional components, deployment scenarios and comparison of existing and emerging vendor solutions in our SD-WAN vendor review. Finally, the class reviews current opensource efforts and discusses current challenges and future directions for SD-WAN.


  • How do we currently design and build Enterprise sites? 
  • Why do we need SD-WAN?
  • What are the building blocks for SD-WAN?
  • What are the benefits of SD-WAN to end-users and enterprises?
  • Is SD-WAN the major SDN/NFV Application?
  • What SD-WAN Reference architectures exist? 
  • Investigating the building blocks for SD-WAN
  • Transport-independence of the Underlay Network
  • IP-based Virtual Overlay Network
  • How to ensure service assurance of SD-WAN connections?
  • What is Application-Driven Packet Forwarding for SD-WAN connections?
  • Ensuring High Availability of SD-WAN Services
  • Applying Policy-based Packet Forwarding for SD-WAN
  • Do we need WAN Optimization, and how to implement this function?
  • What are the SD-WAN Network and Service Components?
  • Highlighting the key specifications and standards for SD-WAN
  • What are the SD-WAN Deployment Scenarios?
  • Selecting an SD-WAN Solution - vendors' review
  • Next Steps for SD-WAN

Target Audience

Those who have already learnt the fundamentals of SDN/NFV and who are also particularly interested in the SD-WAN application. As such this is of strong interest to pre-sales engineers from operators and service providers who need to maintain 'trusted advisor' status with their enterprise, government and other customers. Engaging them with informed discussion of the SD-WAN use case and associated options will make you to 'go to' resource at this crucial time in the industry.

Additional Information

This class when combined with PWL418 MEF 70 SD-WAN prepares the candidate for the MEF SD-WAN Certified Professional (MEF-SDCP) exam. 


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What is SD-WAN? (12 topics)

  • What are the fundamental capabilities of SD-WAN services, why do we need them and what are the requirements?
  • Current Enterprise Site Networking
  • How do we currently build enterprise networks?
  • Current Challenges of WAN Technology
  • What issues are associated with WAN connectivity
  • Technology Drivers for SD-WAN, including Technical and Economic.
  • Fundamental Characteristics of SD-WAN
  • What are the core components of SD-WAN and characteristics?
  • SD-WAN Enabling Technologies and Business Drivers (3 topics)
  • SDN & NFV Impact on SD-WAN?
  • Business requirements of SD-WAN
  • SD-WAN Service objectives and opportunities

SD-WAN Architecture, Network and Service Components (22 topics)

  • SD-WAN Architecture, Network and Service Components
  • Transport-independence of the Underlay Network
  • Underlay network technologies and applicability to SD-WAN
  • SD-WAN Controller
  • Service Orchestrator
  • Application-Driven Packet Forwarding
  • Applying application-level classification
  • Ensuring High Availability in SD-WAN Deployments
  • Policy-based Packet Forwarding
  • Securing the SD-WAN Site and Service
  • Securing traffic directly accessing the Internet
  • Meet Government and regulatory compliance
  • Ensure site threat defense mechanisms
  • WAN Optimization
  • Using WAN Optimization to reduce the amount of WAN bandwidth required
  • Service Assurance of SD-WAN Connections
  • Using QoS performance metrics
  • Applying network telemetry principles
  • Applying NFV and SDN to SD-WAN
  • ETSI NFV Framework
  • Service Function Chaining
  • Applicability of SDN and NFV

Deploying SD-WAN (24 topics)

  • SD-WAN Feature Selection and Services
  • Integrating Deployment of vCPE (uCPE) VNFs with SD-WAN
  • How do we select SD-WAN Service Types?
  • SD-WAN Specification and Standards
  • Operator Network User Group (ONUG)
  • Broadband Forum (BBF)
  • Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
  • MEF SD-WAN Specifications Overview
  • MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Architecture within the LSO Reference Architecture
  • Main SD-WAN Service Use Cases (MEF 3.0 SD-WAN)
  • MEF Peering Across Domains with SD-WAN
  • MEF SD-WAN Proof of Concepts
  • Configuring SD-WAN Services
  • Using NETCONF/YANG to configure and manage SD-WAN
  • SD-WAN Service Attributes
  • SD-WAN Service and VPN Data Models
  • Service Automation via Centralized Management, Control and Orchestration
  • Examples of Deployed Operator SD-WAN Networks
  • SD-WAN Vendor Review
  • OpenSource SD-WAN Activities
  • Next Steps for SD-WAN
  • How is SD-WAN evolving?
  • Ongoing technology, interoperability and stability challenges
  • Impact on Internet of Everything, 5G and Beyond


Students should have an appreciation of SDN/NFV fundamentals. This knowledge can be gained by completing either PWL400 SDN/NFV Fundamentals or PWL443 MEF Network Foundations.

Additional Learning

The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course. If you are unsure please ask a training advisor .

Relevant Certifications

  • The MEF-SDCP SD-WAN Certified Professional exam is a vendor neutral, technical certification recognizing SD-WAN expertise in professionals from a cross section of job functions who can demonstrate ...

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Different pricing structures are available including special offers. These include early bird, late availability, multi-place, corporate volume and self-funding rates. Please arrange a discussion with a training advisor to discover your most cost effective option.

Code Location Duration Price Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb
Virtual Classroom (Bangalore)
2 Days $2,155
Virtual Classroom (Bangalore)
2 Days $2,155
Virtual Classroom (Denver)
2 Days $2,155
Virtual Classroom (Dubai)
2 Days $2,155
Virtual Classroom (Johannesburg)
2 Days $2,155
Virtual Classroom (London)
2 Days $2,155
Virtual Classroom (Mexico City)
2 Days $2,155
Virtual Classroom (Reston, VA)
2 Days $2,155
Virtual Classroom (Rio de Janeiro)
2 Days $2,155
Virtual Classroom (San Jose)
2 Days $2,155
Virtual Classroom (Singapore)
2 Days $2,155
Virtual Classroom (Singapore)
2 Days $2,155
Virtual Classroom (Tel Aviv)
2 Days $2,155

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