MEF-SNCP SDN/NFV Certification Workshop

3 Day Course
Hands On
Official Curriculum
Code PWL444

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


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 discusses different approaches for virtualization, NFV definitions, NFV market drivers and management and the and few examples of NFV Deployment Use Cases

Finally, the course provides an overview of the SDOs (Standard Defining Organizations) that play a role in the specification of SDN and NFV technology as well as an overview of the Open Source players and activities.


  • Describe the key concepts in Software Defined Networks (SDN)
  • Examine the SDN architecture and key functions
  • Evaluate several SDN controller platforms Open Daylight and ONOS
  • 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
  • Reinforce learning with demonstrations of working technology

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 and/or NFV techniques in the future.

Additional Information

This class prepares students with the knowledge necessary to sit the MEF-SDN/NFV Professional certification. Students will also be able to have a demonstration of certain working technologies - see modules tab above. These demonstrations are instructor-led and are derived from full student hands-on labs in PWL407 SDN & NFV Fundamentals & Engineering. If students wish to gain valuable hands-on skills with full access to our industry leading labs they should attend PWL407.


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SDN Definitions (3 topics)

  • SDN Definitions
  • SDN Market Drivers
  • Summary of SDN Principles

NFV (10 topics)

  • Why Use Virtualization?
  • Network Programming Models
  • NFV Definitions
  • Market Drivers for NFV
  • ETSI NFV ISG Models
  • MANO Orchestration Framework
  • Example network virtualization functions use cases
  • SD-WAN
  • vCPE
  • SDN and NFV for Mobile Evolved Packet Core (EPC)

SDN Framework (20 topics)

  • SDN Concepts
  • SDN Architecture
  • Other approaches to SDN Controllers
  • SDN Southbound Interfaces
  • YANG
  • OpenFlow
  • OpenFlow Architecture
  • OpenFlow Messages
  • LAB DEMO: Running Mininet and OF without a controller
  • LAB DEMO: Using POX controller running HUB environment
  • LAB DEMO: Using POX controller running Bridge environment
  • OF-Config
  • OF Notifications Framework
  • Hybrid OF Switches and Routers
  • SDN Northbound Interfaces
  • Intent Model

SDN Controller Environment (12 topics)

  • Event Driven Programming
  • SDN Computing Platforms
  • Open Daylight (ODL)
  • Open Network Operating System (ONOS)
  • ONOS based CORD (Central Office Re-Architected as Datacenter) Models
  • LAB DEMO: View OF node topology using ODL DLUX dashboard
  • LAB DEMO: Using ONOS Controller and creating intent based requests
  • Security Considerations
  • Northbound Interfaces
  • Southbound Interfaces
  • SDN Controller
  • Controller Scalability and Redundancy

SDOs & Open Source Activities (6 topics)

  • SDOs Defining NFV Environments
  • Open Source Initiative examples
  • Open Source MANO (OSM)
  • Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP)

VNF Architecture (8 topics)

  • NFV Overview
  • MANO Architecture
  • MANO Components
  • VNF Scalability
  • VNF Load-Balancing
  • MANO Descriptors
  • Service Function Chaining

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.

Relevant Certifications

  • The MEF-SNCP SDN/NFV Certified Professional certification is the first vendor neutral, ISO-level exam that validates individual knowledge and skills in the planning, building and operating domains ...
  • MEF Network Expert is awarded when the candidate passes two qualifying MEF exams, choose from MEF-SDCP, MEF-SNCP, MEF-CECP and MEF Network Foundations.

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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 May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Virtual Classroom (Bangalore)
3 Days $2,940
Virtual Classroom (Dubai)
3 Days $2,940
Virtual Classroom (London)
3 Days $2,940
Virtual Classroom (Reston, VA)
3 Days $2,940
Virtual Classroom (Singapore)
3 Days $2,940

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