5G Cloud and Virtualization

Cloud technology digital concept

The course aims to give participants an in-depth understanding of the two most important technologies that transform and disrupt how networks and CSPs operate in the 5G era: Cloud and Virtualization.

This course is designed for professionals who are interested to understand this important revolution in IT and networking.
  • Communication Service Provider staff
  • Radio and Packet Core Engineers
  • Managers
  • Project Managers
  • IP Engineers
  • Packet Core Engineers
  • Technical Product Managers
  • Technical Marketing Officials
  • Technical Strategy Officials
  • IT Managers
  • C-Level Decision Makers & Executives
Instructor-led Training
  • Classroom: 5 days
  • LIVE Virtual*: 35 hours


  • A minimum of 6 or more participants are required for a company-based LIVE Virtual course to commence
  • LIVE Virtual courses can be conducted for 5 hours or 7 hours daily. Please note that the number of training days will be extended if you opt for 5 hours daily.

10 – 14 Jul 2023 (Mon – Fri), GMT +08:00
If you are keen on attending the above scheduled course, please register your interest via our course enquiry form.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand core concepts of virtualization, cloud computing, virtualization of network elements
  • Discuss and compare the main global initiatives on Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
  • Understand why NFV offers extraordinary potential to enhance the delivery of carrier and enterprise network services
  • Be able to explain the revolution in Cloud, Virtualization, NFV, SDN, OpenFlow, OpenStack, and other cloud computing technologies (e.g. Containers, Kubernetes)
  • Describe the key benefits of SDN, the separation of data and control planes
  • Explain network virtualization and describe NFV reference architecture
  • Describe techniques used for verification and debugging of SDNs
  • Describe NFV components and how they work together
  • Explain how to create new network services using Cloud and NFV
  • Describe the role and functionality of middleboxes in networks and how they are managed
  • Describe architecture and operation of the SDN-based 5G RAN and Core
  • Describe applications of NFV and the value they bring
  • Understand the evolution from vNFs to CNFs and to FaaS
  • Describe 5G Orchestration, Service Chaining and other related techniques
  • Be able to discuss how VoNR, Slicing and other services & operations will operate in the 5G cloud
  • Discuss SDN / NFV attack vectors and security best practices
  • Describe The Third Network and Automated Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO)
  • Hands-on understanding of NFV onboarding, management and orchestration
  • Hands-on understanding of cloud stack operation
  1. Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
  • The IT ecosystem
  • The Telecom Ecosystem
  • Why Convergence?
  • What is the Cloud?
  • Cloud Models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, FaaS, XaaS)
  • Private, Public, Hybrid, Multi-Cloud
  1. The Need for Cloud & Virtualization in 5G and beyond
  • Present Mobile Networks and their Limitations
  • Distributed Control Plane
  • Centralised Control Plane
  • Introduction to OpenFlow
  • Hybrid Control Plane
  • vSwitches and vAppliances
  • Key Benefits of SDN/NFV in Mobile Networks
  • SDN/NFV Standardization, Alliances and Global Initiatives (opendaylight, openstack, ETSI, ONF, CloudNFV, ITU, IETF, IRTF, ON.LAB/ONRC, OpenContrail, OVA, OPNFV, OCP, ODCA, ONAP, Open Config, Floodlight, E-Comp, OASIS, TOSCA, OpenMANO, OPEN-O, OIL…)
  • Industry Initiatives – Global Network Operators
  1. Virtualization and Network Virtualization
  • Why use Virtualization
  • Types of Virtualization (CPU, Network, Storage, Application)
  • Introduction to Hypervisors
  • Hypervisor Models (QEMU, KVM, XEN, LXC, VMWare…)
  • Virtual Switches & Routers (i.e. Open vSwitch)
  • Single/Multi-Tenancy
  • Migration Strategies
  1. Cloud Technologies
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Datacenter Architecture
  • Cloud Ready vs. Cloud Native
  • Monolithic vs. Micro-services Architectures
  • OpenStack
  • Virtual Machines vs. Containers
  • Docker, LCX
  • Container Management {Openshift, Kubernetes}
  • Acceleration Technologies {SR-IOV, DPDK, Accelerated VMs/Containers}
  1. 5G Programmable Network Deep Dive
  • SDN Framework
  • Programmable Network Controller Environment
  • Network Programmability
  • Case Studies
  1. 5G Network Function Virtualization
  • Standardization
  • PNF vs. VNF
  • NFV Concepts
  • vNF, cNFs
  • NFV Architecture
  • NS Data Model
  • Service Access Points Data
  • NFV Function Chaining
  • Services Engineered Path
  • Service Locations and Chaining
  • ETSI NFV ISG Models
  • Non-ETSI NFV Work
  • Example Network Virtualization Functions
  1. Network Topology and Topological Information Abstraction
  • Network Topology
  • Traditional Methods
  • LLDP
  • ALTO
  • I2RS Topology
  1. 5G NF Application Lifecycle
  • Onboarding
  • Instantiation
  • Scaling
  • E2E MANO
  1. 5G NR in the Cloud
  • SDR vs SDN
  • 5G NR Logical Functional Split
  • Cloud RAN, E-RAN, V-RAN
  • Multi Network Planning
  • Inter-Cell Interference Management & Dynamic Offloading
  • Edge Caching and CDN
  • Topology Discovery
  • RAN Slicing
  1. 5G Mobile Core in the Cloud
  • Centralised vs. Decentralised vs. Hybrid Architecture
  • Dynamic Management
  • Dynamic Provisioning and Orchestration
  • Service Chaining & Orchestration
  • Resource Optimization for Dynamic Environments
  • Customer Edge Switching & UE Multihoming
  • Automation to Streamline Operations
  • Granular Control and Policy Management
  • Meta-Policies
  • Network Slicing
  • Traffic Steering
  • Mobile Traffic Management & ALTO-SDN
  • Load Balancing
  • QoE Enforcement (QEN)
  • Pervasive Monitoring
  • Cognitive Network Management and Orchestration
  1. Cloud-Based Network Operators
  • CNO Features
  • CNO Architectures
  • Cooperation between CNOs and MNOs
  • Services & Flexible Business Models
  • Advanced vApps
  1. Security Challenges in 5G Cloud & Virtualization
  • Trusted Software Environment
  • Trusted Layers
  • Security Attack Vectors
  • Security Impacts
  • Security Best Practices
  • Securing the Infrastructure
  • Securing the Controller
  • Protecting the NFs
  • Robust Policy Framework
  • DevSecOps
  • AI-based Security Management
  • Risks with AI-Based Security

Note: A Certificate of Completion will only be issued upon achieving at least 75% attendance for the course.

  • Reasonable knowledge of core networking and functions
  • A basic understanding of IP-based communication is highly recommended
  • Experience with IT infrastructure (i.e. Ethernet, Switches, Routers)
  • A basic understanding of software principles (i.e. APIs)
  • Prior software development experience would be a plus but not required

Basic to Intermediate level programming is required for the “Plus” version of the course.

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Duration: Classroom: 5 days / LIVE Virtual: 35 hours
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