Ever since software-defined networking (SDN) started moving out of the lab and into the marketplace, people throughout the industry have been clamoring to lay claim to what it really means. Now that more organizations actually are deploying SDN or seriously considering it, it’s more important than ever for decision makers to understand the true lay of the land.
Professional services company SDN Essentials has created “SDN for Network Engineers” to bring people up to speed on current and future SDN market trends and prepare decision makers for the best path for their network and services evolution. This class has both a lecture and a hands-on portion and includes labs with open source controllers such as OpenDaylight and Floodlight as well as commercially sold products.
SDN is evolving far faster than previous networking advancements. Some teams already are deployed and monitoring while others just are starting to ask about SDN and how it will help. SDN Essentials partnered with Tallac Networks to make its “SDN for Network Engineers” a straightforward, understandable training session that will help both newcomers and veterans navigate the SDN landscape.
Rick Bauer, Technical Programs Manager at the Open Networking Foundation: “I had the opportunity to take this training earlier in the summer. What a fantastic opportunity to really get your hands around SDN. You get such good training — they take you where you are and bring you so much farther. Doug and his team are the greatest, which is one of the reasons we look to them as they guide our certification development efforts. Take my advice — if you want to know about SDN, this is a fantastic place to start.”
“SDN for Network Engineers” provides important information on SDN architecture and use cases, as well as where the industry is heading with the technology. It also offers real-life case studies and migration strategies for moving to an SDN architecture. Offered both on site and online, the class is 50 percent lecture and 50 percent lab, covering an introduction to SDN technologies and:
- SDN camps: open SDN, SDN via APIs, SDN via overlays
- SDN migrations
- SDN vendors
- OpenFlow tutorial
- SDN use cases: data center, WAN, campus, security
- SDN case studies: Google WAN, NTT inter-data-center
SDN Essentials believes SDN has profound implications for how organizations monetize their network services, and it designed the class to serve a variety of audiences from sales and project managers to network engineers. In addition to its “SDN for Network Engineers,” it also offers training sessions “SDN Overview” and “SDN Implementation.”