SDN Essentials for Next-Gen Networks

Monday, June 5: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

NOTE: There is a $250 fee to attend this workshop


Software-Defined Networks are transforming the ICT industry.

Businesses are increasingly looking towards network automation to improve time-to-revenue, reduce OPEX and increase customer satisfaction. Over the past few years, there has been an ever-increasing drumbeat signaling that technologies like Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and cloud data centers can provide these results.

But what is SDN anyway? And what does SDN have to do with NFV and cloud data centers?

You may have a vague idea of what it's all about, but wouldn't it be great to get a real handle on the concepts, definitions, technologies, industry impact, major players, myth, reality and even more? In one day?

You can. TIA invites you to our day-long SDN Workshop and Certification on Monday, June 5. Presented by SDN Essentials -- one of the top SDN training and consulting companies -- the workshop will teach basic SDN concepts and definitions, and present SDN technologies and major players that are impacting ICT.

The workshop is presented in bite-size segments, each ending in Q&A. The highly interactive program will cover: SDN Background; SDN Definitions; SDN Players; Use Cases and Details; SDN Neighbors (NFV & OpenStack); SDN Sample Applications and Review. Participants in this workshop will receive an SDN Essentials Course Certificate.

SDN Workshop Content

SDN Background

  • The evolution of networking
  • The need for SDN
  • The (promised) values of SDN
  • The evolution of SDN

DN Definitions

  • OpenFlow-based SDN (using OpenFlow - doh!)
  • API-based SDN (using legacy protocols)
  • Overlay-based SDN (using virtualization technologies)
  • Automation-based SDN (wait, what?!)

SDN Protocols

  • OpenFlow (matches and actions, separation of forwarding and control plane, openness)
  • NETCONF (network management ++, legacy device support, evolutionary strategy)
  • BGP-LS/PCE-P (utilizing legacy protocols to do some really cool - and maybe scary - stuff)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch and Networking

SDN Use Cases & Details

  • SDN in the Cloud and the Datacenter: where networking using today's methods is truly broken
  • SDN in the WAN: where SDN is perhaps the easiest to implement (or hype?)
  • SDN for the Campus: common uses like BYOD, mobility, NAC, etc.
  • SDN for Service Providers and Carriers: using SDN to overcome the shortcomings of traditional ethernet
  • SDN for Optical Transport Networks: layers 0/1 getting into the game

SDN Solutions

  • Cisco SDN Solutions (APIC-EM, ACI, OpenDaylight)

  • Juniper SDN Solutions (Contrail, OpenContrail, NorthStar)

  • Other Solutions (e.g. Fujitsu, Coriant, NEC, BigSwitch, VMware, etc.)

  • Whitebox/Baremetal switches (Switch Light, Open Networking Linux, etc.)

SDN Development Platforms

  • OpenDaylight 
  • ONOS

SDN Challenges

  • Security
  • Management
  • Organizational Impact
  • Migration from today's network to SDN
  • Operational process overhaul; automation strategies
  • Integrating SDN and NFV

SDN Demonstrations

  • OpenDaylight
  • ONOS
  • Juniper Contrail
  • BigSwitch BCF (Big Controller Fabric)



Chuck Black Senior SDN Instructor, SDN Essentials

Chuck Black is Senior SDN Instructor at SDN Essentials, a world-wide leader in SDN training and education. Prior to this he was co-founder and principal software architect at Tallac Networks. He has over 35 years of experience in the computer networking industry and is a recognized innovator and developer of products in the areas of network management, network security, and data center network connectivity.

Chuck has authored multiple patents in the network technology arena. He is co-author of the book SDN: A Comprehensive Approach, now in its second edition, used for graduate level university courses in computer science and networking.

Chuck received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.