SDN Associate

This courseware is available in a Virtual Classroom configuration.

This is a 1-day class that covers the basics of Software Defined Networking (SDN). It is ideal for a beginner audience that wants to obtain…

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Certificate ONF Certified SDN Associate (OCSA)
Duration 1 Day
Delivery Blended, Classroom, Virtual Classroom
Accreditor Open Networking Foundation
Languages English

What is included in SDN Associate

Course Description

This is a 1-day class that covers the basics of Software Defined Networking (SDN). It is ideal for a beginner audience that wants to obtain an overview of the concepts, definitions and open source initiatives in the SDN arena. It is aimed at preparing participants for the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) SDN Associate exam.

Course Information

Certification: ONF Certified SDN Associate (OCSA)

Duration: 1 Day

Domain: Solution Development and Deployment

Delivery Method: Blended, Classroom, Virtual Classroom

Accreditor: Open Networking Foundation

Available Languages: English

Purchase Options: Pay Per Use Courseware


This course is aimed at beginners who want to grasp basic SDN concepts.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify SDN concepts and architecture as put forth by the Open Networking Foundation.
  • Understand the workings of OpenFlow.
  • Gain insight into SDN use-cases and migration strategies.
  • Understand the ONF as an organization and identify open source initiatives.
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience with a Mininet network and the Floodlight Controller.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction 

  • Personal Introductions
  • ONF Certification Overview


Module 2: Definitions and Standards

  • Problems in Networking (that SDN can help solve)
  • Making the case for SDN
  • SDN Flavors


Module 3: OpenFlow

  • What is OpenFlow
  • How does OpenFlow work of-config
  • SDN Related Technologies
  • SDN Standards Organizations


Module 4: Use Cases

  • Data center/Enterprise
  • WAN
  • Transport Networks


Module 5: Migration Strategies

  • Framework
  • Migration Approaches
  • Devices and Deployments
  • Planning


Module 6: Security, the ONF and Controller placement

  • Security and Availability
  • Overview of the ONF organization
  • Controller Placement


Module 7: SDN Open Source 

  • Overview
  • Open source controllers
  • Other open source initiatives

Available Courseware For SDN Associate


Instructor Package

Includes a slide deck suitable for Classroom and Virtual Classroom delivery, instructor notes to guide the trainer through the course delivery, and a version of the Coursebook.


Learner Coursebook

Coursebook with all the relevant information required for the learner to take and pass the exam.


Course Agenda

Sample agendas for running successful Classroom, Virtual Classroom, or Blended Classroom sessions.

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