SDN OpenFlow Training

Commitment 2 Days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live

SDN OpenFlow Training: The OpenFlow protocol is a foundational element for building SDN solutions. OpenFlow is a communications protocol giving access to the forwarding plane of a network switch or router over the network. Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is an emerging architecture that is dynamic, manageable, cost-effective, and adaptable and used in the high-bandwidth, dynamic nature of today’s applications. SDN architecture decouples the network control and forwarding functions enabling the network control to become directly programmable and the underlying infrastructure to be abstracted for applications and network services.


After completing this SDN OpenFlow Training course, students will be able to:

  • Describe Software Defined Networking and OpenFlow concepts, motivation, benefits, and applications
  • Describe concepts behind Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
  • Compare and contrast SDN and NFV
  • List principles behind cloud computing including IaaS, PaaS, SaaS
  • Understand target environments for SDN/OpenFlow
  • Describe SDN and OpenFlow building blocks, components, architectures, and reference standards
  • Describe how SDN/OpenFlow work
  • Describe OpenFlow operation and OpenStack
  • Discuss network functions virtualization
  • Discuss SDN deployment models
  • Discuss Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
  • List SDN Device Implementations
  • Compare OpenFlow, OpenStack, and other related protocols and architectures


  • We can adapt this SDN OpenFlow Training course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this SDN OpenFlow course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the SDN OpenFlow Training around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the SDN OpenFlow Training course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.


The target audience for this SDN OpenFlow training course:

  • Managers and professionals, both corporate and Government, whose work requires an overview of SDN and NFV.


SDN OpenFlow Training

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this SDN OpenFlow Training course are:

  • General familiarity with TCP/IP
  • Software Defined Networks
SDN and Open Networking
  • What is Software-Defined Networking (SDN)?
  • What is OpenFlow?
  • key computing trends
  • Need for a new network paradigm
  • Changing traffic patterns
  • Physical separation of the control plane and the forwarding plane
  • SDN and Virtualization
  • Principles behind virtual networking
  • What is network virtualization?
  • What is network function virtualization?
  • Networking virtualization in 3GPP network
  • Principles behind Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
  • Building Blocks of NFV
  • NFV and SDN integration
  • Integration of OpenStack and OpenDaylight
Basics of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
  • Understand the transition towards virtual core networks
  • How is NFV different from SDN?
  • Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) vs. Cloud technologies
  • Working with OpenStack to develop NFV and SDN applications
  • OpenNebula
  • Network Functions Virtualization vs. current network architectures
  • Software implementations (software programs) of the current network components
  • Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Challenges
  • Mobile Core Network virtualization
  • Core network as a software
  • Lessons learned from implementing a virtualized 3GPP EPC
  • Mobile Core Network beyond EPC
  • Network Virtualization case studies in 3GPP networks
  • Virtualized Open IMS Core case study
  • Virtualized Open LTE/EPC case study
  • OpenIMSCore and OpenEPC
Why SDN/OpenFlow
  • The potential of SDN/OpenFlow
  • Benefits of SDN/OpenFlow
  • Application of SDN
  • Deployment Case Studies
  • Data center networking fabric
  • Routing core
  • Campus Edge devices
  • Programming SDNs
Overview of OpenFlow
  • Openflow components
  • Openflow protocol
  • Openflow implementation in network devices
  • Switches/network device
  • Ports and tables
  • Openflow implementations
  • Controllers
  • Management
SDN Architecture
  • SDN building blocks
  • OpenFlow components
  • Network Virtualization layer
  • Principles behind FlowVisor
  • SDN Building Blocks
OpenFlow Protocol Details
  • Openflow implementation details in network devices
  • TCAM, ASIC, matching, speeds
  • Flow tables, limitations, scale, issues
  • Potential vendor differences
  • Openflow implementation in controllers
  • Proactive and dynamic flow settings
OpenFlow components and building blocks
  • Monitoring/debugging tools
  • Applications
  • Controller
  • Openflow switches
  • Traffic generators
  • Slicing
  • Software
SDN Implementation
  • SDN Operation
  • OpenFlow controllers
  • Flowvisors
  • Global view and abstract view
  • Flow tables entries
  • SDN Controller Implementations
  • SDN deployment models
  • Symmetric vs asymmetric
  • Floodless vs flood-based
  • Host-based vs Network-centric
  • Basics flow table entries
  • Centralized vs Distributed Control OpenFlow
  • Flow Routing vs. Aggregation
  • OpenFlow Implementations (Switch and Controller)
  • OpenDaylight Framework
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