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(1-Day) Criterion SDN Fundamentals

 

Introduction

 

Software-defined networking (SDN) is leading to major changes in every part of the network. Using a centralized, highly programmable model that separates the control and data planes from the underlying infrastructure, SDN allows for more granular and automated network management. After years of stagnation, network design is finally evolving to meet the demands of cloud computing and virtualization. As vendors seek to give networks the flexibility and ease-of-use they need, they have introduced two main concepts – centralized control and programmability – which have become the hallmarks of SDN.

Objetives

This is an introductory course for building the foundational knowledge of SDN and SDN Ecosystem for networking professionals, managers and senior management. After completing this course, participants will be able to explain the:

  1. Evolution of programmable networks and SDN
  2. SDN terminology,building blocks, components, architectures and reference standards
  3. OpenFlow Architecture and various Networks Controllers
  4. Virtual networking and Network functional virtualization (NFV) concepts
  5. SDN Ecoystem and SDN Deployment Considerations
  6. SDN business and technology landscape, major players

Pre-Requisites

This is an introductory workshop on SDN with no specific pre-requisites. However, to get most out of training, participants are expected to have prior knowledge of networking fundamentals, TCP/IP, network provisioning and management.

 

(2-Day) SDN Foundations Workshop for Managers

 

Introduction

 

Software-defined networking (SDN) is leading to major changes in every part of the network. Using a centralized, highly programmable model that separates the control and data planes from the underlying infrastructure, SDN allows for more granular and automated network management.

After years of stagnation, network design is finally evolving to meet the demands of cloud computing and virtualization. As vendors seek to give networks the flexibility and ease-of-use they need, they have introduced two main concepts – centralized control and programmability – which have become the hallmarks of SDN.

Objetives

This is an introductory course for building the foundational knowledge of SDN and SDN ecosystem for managers and senior management. After completing this course, participants will be able to explain the:

  • Evolution of programmable networks and SDN
  • SDN terminology,building blocks, components, architectures and reference standards
  • OpenFlow Architecture and various Networks Controllers
  • Virtual networking and Network functional virtualization (NFV) concepts
  • SDN Ecoystem and SDN Deployment Considerations
  • SDN business and technology landscape, major players

Pre-Requisites

This is an introductory workshop on SDN with no specific pre-requisites. However, to get most out of training, participants are expected to have prior knowledge of networking fundamentals, TCP/IP, network provisioning and management.

Duration

3 hours.

 

(2-Day) Criterion NFV Foundations Workshop
(Instructor Based)

 

Introduction

 

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is gaining increasing traction in the industry based on the promise of reducing both CAPEX and OPEX using COTS hardware. NFV decouples the network functions such as NAT, Firewall, DPI, IPS/IDS, WAAS, SBC, RR from proprietary hardware appliances. It utilizes standard IT virtualization technologies that run on high-volume service, switch and storage hardware to virtualize network functions. NFV involves the implementation of network functions in software that can run on a range of industry standard server hardware, and that can be moved to, or instantiated in, various locations in the network as required, without the need for installation of new equipment.

In this workshop, we focus on understanding NFV motivation both for Service Providers and Enterprises. We will take a look on example case studies from ATT Domain 2.0 initiative and Cisco DNA Enterprise Architecture. We introduce the ETSI NFV reference architecture, terminology and Cisco products that address NFV solution space. We look into NFV use-cases including the Service Function chaining that are envisioned to add value in customer environments. We focus on key concepts involved in VNFs on server hardware, understand the throughput issues with hypervisors & virtualization technologies, introduce SR-IOV and DPDK solutions to help increase the software throughputs. We will also cover vendor optimization solutions in this space. We will understand the NFV architectural considerations from cost/performance/flexibility standpoint and discuss the issues concerning both the service providers and enterprises. We will use the Verizon NFV/SDN architecture as part of case study. We then understand NFV Infrastructure simulation using openstack Nova/Heat/Neutron and NFV orchestration using openstack Tacker. We will cover the new TOSCA specification for describing the VNFs. Finally, we will discuss an example implementation of NFV Architecture for service providers using Central Office Re-Architected as Data Center (CORD).

Hands-on Lab exercises will be done using the NFV solution sandboxes that are hosted in Criterion SDCloud Platform. The Lab exercises are included as part of the course to ensure participants better understand the concepts and see the solutions working in lab environment.

Pre-Requisites

This is an introductory workshop on NFV Architecture with no required pre-requisites. However, to get most out of training, participants are expected to have prior knowledge of networking fundamentals, TCP/IP, network provisioning and management. SDN Foundations course is a recommended pre-requisite.

Duration

2 Days

Target Audience

  • Technical Leaders/Managers
  • Software Engineers (Dev/Test)
  • Network Support Engineers
  • Technical Marketing Engineers
  • Network Administrators/Engineers
  • Sales/Systems Engineers

Information on Hands-on Labs

Participants need to have the below requirements to be able to do hands-on exercises.

  • Modern Laptop computer (Windows or Mac or Linux)
  • Internet Access to Lab setup on Cloud
  • SSH connectivity to Lab VM

 

2-Day NFV for Enterprises
(Instructor Based)

 

Introduction

 

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is gaining increasing traction in the industry based on the promise of reducing both CAPEX and OPEX using COTS hardware. NFV decouples the network functions such as NAT, Firewall, DPI, IPS/IDS, WAAS, SBC, RR etc from proprietary hardware appliances, so they can run in software.

It utilizes standard IT virtualization technologies that run on high-volume service, switch and storage hardware to virtualize network functions. It involves the implementation of network functions in software that can run on a range of industry standard server hardware, and that can be moved to, or instantiated in, various locations in the network as required, without the need for installation of new equipment.

In this 2-Day NFV bootcamp targeted for Enterprise designs, we understand the cloud computing principles and motivation for enterprise private clouds. We discuss the popular openstack software being used by big Enterprises across the world for building Private cloud Infrastructure. We understand the key Linux networking concepts and other vendor technologies including Cisco VTS and ACI that help to achieve network virtualization. We perform many hands-on exercises to understand the concepts. We discuss the enterprise architecture, components involved, applications hosted at head qurters, how branch office connects to applications, extensions of enterprise onto AWS Virtual Private Cloud and other Public Cloud SaaS applications like Microsoft office 365 and webex. We perform hands-on lab to understand the next generation enterprise architectures by leveraging the Cisco CSR 1KV to connect the branch to HQ Private Cloud and extensions into AWS and Public Cloud SaaS offerings. We also leverage Cisco APIC-EM enterprise controller and iWAN application to manage the CSR 1KV for SD-WAN offerings.

Pre-Requisites

  • NFV Foundations Workshop
  • Prior knowledge of networking fundamentals, TCP/IP

Target Audience

  • Technical Leaders/Managers
  • Software Engineers (Dev/Test)
  • Network Support Engineers
  • Technical Marketing Engineers
  • Network Administrators/Engineers
  • Sales/Systems Engineers

Information on Hands-on Labs

Participants need to have the below requirements to be able to do hands-on exercises.

  • Modern Laptop computer (Windows or Mac or Linux)
  • Internet Access to Lab setup on Cloud
  • SSH connectivity to Lab VM

 

2-Day NFV for Service Providers
(Instructor Based)

 

Introduction

 

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is gaining increasing traction in the industry based on the promise of reducing both CAPEX and OPEX using COTS hardware. NFV decouples the network functions such as NAT, Firewall, DPI, IPS/IDS, WAAS, SBC, RR etc from proprietary hardware appliances, so they can run in software. It utilizes standard IT virtualization technologies that run on high-volume service, switch and storage hardware to virtualize network functions. It involves the implementation of network functions in software that can run on a range of industry standard server hardware, and that can be moved to, or instantiated in, various locations in the network as required, without the need for installation of new equipment.

In this 2-Day NFV bootcamp targeted for Service Providers, we understand the cloud computing principles and motivation for service provider clouds, different service models that can be offered. We discuss the popular openstack software being used by big SPs across the world for building NFV Infrastructure. We understand the key Linux networking concepts and other vendor technologies including Cisco VTS and ACI that help to achieve network virtualization in service provider clouds. We perform hands-on lab to understand the concepts. We understand the NFV MANO architecture, components involved, TOSCA specifications, Network service descriptors. We perform hands-on Lab using openstack tacker for launching VNFs, re-spwan in case of VNF failure etc to understand the MANO. We finally do the case study of CORD (Service Provider Central Office Re-architected as Data Center) design to understand the terminology and implement virtual subscriber gateway use-case.

Pre-Requisites

  • NFV Foundations Workshop
  • Prior knowledge of networking fundamentals, TCP/IP

Target Audience

  • Technical Leaders/Managers
  • Software Engineers (Dev/Test)
  • Network Support Engineers
  • Technical Marketing Engineers
  • Network Administrators/Engineers
  • Sales/Systems Engineers

Information on Hands-on Labs

Participants need to have the below requirements to be able to do hands-on exercises.

  • Modern Laptop computer (Windows or Mac or Linux)
  • Internet Access to Lab setup on Cloud
  • SSH connectivity to Lab VM
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