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  • Course Length:
  • 3 Days Instructor Led

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) standards are still evolving as the telco industry grapples with this significant technology transformation. Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a relatively new concept within the telco industry and has recently gained traction. NFV proposes to leverage standard IT virtualization technology to consolidate network equipment types onto industry standard high-volume servers, switches and storage. SDN proposes to take the traditional implementation of the networking and dis-assemble it. SDN is a collection of technologies that split the data, control and management planes of the network. The course provides a technical overview of NFV and SDN – in terms of the architecture, requirements, challenges, operations, and management – and how they relate and complement one another.

This course is intended for a personnel in engineering and operations roles who are looking for a technical introduction to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN).

After completing this course, the student will be able to:
• Sketch the NFV reference architecture and building blocks
• Sketch end-to-end operational scenarios for vEPC, vCPE
• Identify the Key NFV requirements and benefit
• Discuss the role and performance aspects of the virtualization layer
• Define the NFV building blocks: Virtualization of Compute, Network and Storage
• Show how OpenStack can be an NFV VIM
• List and describe performance enhancements techniques
• Sketch the SDN architecture
• Discuss the Southbound Protocols and their roles
• Describe the requirements on the Northbound API
• Identify SDN Use Cases applicable to a network operator
• Illustrate how NFV and SDN work with each other

Course Outline
1. SDN and NFV Architecture
1.1. SDN architecture
1.2. SDN Principles
1.3. NFV components
1.3.1. NFVI, VNF
1.3.2. EMS, OSS and BSS
1.3.3. MANO

2. NFV Infrastructure
2.1. NFV infrastructure deployment
2.2. OpenStack components
2.3. Heat and infrastructure Orchestration
2.4. NFVI Domain
Lab: OpenStack

3. NFV Application - VNF
3.1. VNF functional architecture
3.2. VNF composition, VNF states
3.3. Virtual functions software options
3.4. VM live migration
Lab: Management and Orchestration Demo

4. NFV Management - MANO
4.1. Orchestrator, Catalog
4.2. Network service creation
4.3. NFV descriptors
4.4. Onboarding
4.5. Lifecycle management
4.6. VNF forwarding graphs

5. NFV Deployment Scenarios
5.1. NFV service models
5.2. Use Case for NFV deployment
5.2.1. vIMS, vEPC, vPE

6. Deployment Considerations
6.1. Life of data packet
6.2. Performance
6.2.1. DPDK and SR-IOV
6.2.2. Scheduling and OS enhancements
6.3. Elasticity and scaling in NFV

7. SDN Controllers
7.1. SDN Ppanes and functions
7.2. OpenFlow protocol
7.3. SDN controller deployment options

8. SDN Protocols and Interworking
8.2. SDN for transport and WAN networks
8.3. WAN interworking protocols

9. Network Orchestration with SDN
9.1. Intra-Data center
9.1.1. Integration with VIM
9.2. Inter-Data center
9.2.1. Integration with WIM
9.3. Service function chaining
Lab: SDN Controller Demo

10. Putting It All Together
10.1. End-to-end deployment scenario
10.2. End-to-end instantiation scenario

Suggested Prerequisites

• [TPR1010] Technology Primer: Cloud and Virtualization (Instructor Led)
• [TPR1011] Technology Primer: NFV (Instructor Led)
• [TPR1012] Technology Primer: OpenStack (Instructor Led)