SDN 101 & Certification

SDN 101 & Certification


10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Chuck Black, Co-Founder and Principal Software Architect Tallac Networks

If you're looking for a basic course on SDN, look no further! In just one day, you'll learn: Concepts, definitions, technologies, industry impact, major players, myth, reality and more.

The course is presented in bite-size segments, each ending in a Q&A. By participating in this interactive exercise, you will receive an SDN 101 Course Certificate.

NOTE: You must be registered for the Network of the Future Conference to attend. The SDN 101 Course, offered by Tallac, costs an additional $400. Include this option when registering. Lunch is included!


SDN Background   

Historical perspective of SDN. 

  • The evolution of networking.  How did we get where we are today?
  • SDN precursors
  • The arrival of SDN
  • SDN and OpenFlow become wildly popular... Er, or not.
  • Then - BOOM - datacenters, server virtualization, and the cloud broke our current networking technology, and we have to catch up.
  • QUIZ
  • Q & A

SDN Definition

Definition of SDN.  Is there one true definition? Let's explore the various opinions.

  • "Open SDN" 
  • "SDN via APIs".  
  • "SDN via Network Virtualization (aka Overlays)".  
  • QUIZ
  • Q & A

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

SDN Players - Review

SDN Players - Review.  Who is doing what, and how are they doing it?

  • SDN activity by open groups (researchers, standards, open source)
    • Open Networking Foundation
    • Open implementations (switches, controllers, miscellaneous)
    • OpenDaylight
  • SDN activity by Vendors and "Upstarts"
  • SDN activity by Carriers and Enterprise
  • Lab
  • Q & A

SDN Use Cases & Details

SDN Use Cases.  Common uses for SDN technology

  • 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
  • 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 in transport
  • SDN for routed networks
  • SDN for switched networks
  • SDN for mobile networks

SDN Controllers

  • OpenDaylight | Cisco APICS
  • Beacon | Floodlight
  • NEC | IBM
  • HP VAN SDN Controller
  • Juniper OpenContrail, NorthStar

SDN Protocol Details

  • Open Networking Foundation
  • OpenFlow 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, and 1.4
  • OpenFlow Interoperability

Q & A

SDN Neighbors & Critics


  • What is it, and what is it trying to do?
  • How does it relate to SDN?
  • What are the details of OpenStack Networking (used to be Quantum, now called Neutron)?

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)

  • What is it?
  • Who is interested in it?
  • Why are they interested in it?
  • What are some common use cases for NFV?

SDN Challenges

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

Q & A

SDN Sample Applications & Review

Blacklist in Action

  • Overview and Design
  • Demonstration

NAC in Action

  • Overview and Design
  • Demonstration
  • Review of everything we've talked about

Q & A