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SDN provides a revolutionary approach and a paradigm shift in designing, building, and managing the next generation networks that allow a logically centralized or distributed software program to control the behavior of an entire network. The basic concept of abstracting the control logic from the underlying physical infrastructure allows network operators to write high-level control software that specifies the behavior of an entire network programmatically and dynamically.  This contrasts with conventional networks whereby functionality is embedded low-level in the physical infrastructure.

Logically-centralized control allows operators to specify more complex tasks that involve integrating many disjoint network functions – NFVs (i.e. policy control, firewall, security, prioritization) into a single control framework.  Therefore, it allows operators to create more sophisticated policies and configuration which are easier to configure, manage and troubleshoot.

Both SDN and NFV are the catalyst technologies that will transform current networks into networks that are agile and, in addition, have the propensity to fulfill future business requirements.

This course is designed for Radio and Packet Core Network 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: 4 days
  • LIVE Virtual*: 28 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.

26 – 29 Aug 2024 (Mon – Thu), GMT +08:00
3 – 6 Mar 2025 (Mon – Thu), GMT +08:00

If you are keen on attending the above scheduled courses, please register your interest via our course enquiry form.

The aim of this course is to provide participants with a deep technical understanding of the two most important, yet potentially disruptive, network technologies that would transform the way networks and CSPs operate: Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

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

  • Assimilate the core concepts of Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Virtualization of network elements
  • Understand why NFV offers extraordinary potential to enhance the delivery of carrier and enterprise network services
  • Explain the revolution in NFV, SDN, OpenFlow, OpenStack, and Cloud Computing
  • Describe the key benefits of SDN, the separation of Data and Control Planes
  • Describe the SDN Data Plane
  • Analyze the operation of the SDN Control Plane
  • Configure a SDN-friendly network emulator
  • Evaluate a sample SDN’s performance and reliability
  • 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 SDN and NFV
  • Describe the role and functionality of middleboxes in networks and how they are managed
  • Configure a sample service using SDN and NFV
  • Describe techniques to enable applications to control the underlying network using SDN
  • Understand how SDN and NFV complement each other
  • Discuss the role of NFV in LTE & IMS network design, operations and functions.

Participants will be able to learn how to design, plan, and operate a best-in-class Software Defined Network (SDN) infrastructure that not only offers leading edge virtual applications but also satisfies both current and future market requirements.

  1. Fundamentals of Modern Networking
  • The Networking Ecosystem
  • Networking Technologies: Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Carrier Ethernet, 4G
  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Convergence
  • Unified Communications
  • The Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Requirements of Modern Network Traffic
  1. The Need for Software Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Distributed Control Plane
  • Centralized Control Plane
  • Introduction to OpenFlow
  • Hybrid Control Plane
  • vSwitches and vApplications
  1. SDN Deep Dive
  • SDN Framework
  • SDN Controller Environment
  • Network Programmability
  • SDN Case Studies
  1. Virtualization and Network Virtualization
  • Why use Virtualization
  • Introduction to Hypervisors
  • Hypervisor Models (QEMU, KVM, XEN, LXC, VMWare…)
  • Virtual Switches & Routers (i.e. Open vSwitch)
  1. Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
  • NFV Concepts
  • NFV Architecture
  • 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. Security Challenges in SDN
  • Securing the Controller
  • Protecting the Controller
  • Robust Policy Framework
  1. NFV Application Lifecycle
  • NFV & SDN Complementary Nature
  • Opex & Capex Pressures
  • Time to Market Considerations
  • Heterogeneous Vendor Network Infrastructure
  • Moving Towards Non-Proprietary Purpose-Built Platforms
  • SDN and NFV Applied to LTE and Beyond
  • Advanced vApps
  1. SDN Hands-On Workshop
  • Mininet Configuration and Running without a Controller
  • Mininet with Reference Controller (PTCP)
  • Mininet with POX Controller Providing Hub/Bridge Behaviour
  • Demos

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

  • A basic understanding of IP-based communications is highly recommended
  • Reasonable knowledge of core networking principles and functions
  • Experience with IT infrastructure (i.e. Ethernet, Switches, Routers)
  • A basic understanding of software design principles (i.e. APIs)
  • A basic to intermediate-level programming is required for the course

What is so special about Telefocal Asia's SDN NFV course?

  • We adopt a vendor-neutral approach when delivering this course
  • Notwithstanding the above, our trainer will provide an in-depth study into the various technical aspects of SDN / NFV
  • The course seeks to impart the latest and state-of-the-art technology with illustrations on use cases or practical implementations from around the world
  • The course provides a global perspective on how SDN / NFV technology can be harnessed and monetized
  • The course also examines the various business models that use SDN / NFV as a platform
  • Last but not least, the course helps identify the key risks associated with security when deploying SDN / NFV solutions


"Good deep dive on the topic with relevant examples. The trainer is experienced and is able to advise on issues which are outside the scope of the course too."

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