Software Defined Networking (SDN): The Big Picture

by Brian Eiler and John Hales

Learn the basics of SDN and Network Virtualization, how they are shaping the industry, and how they will affect you and your organization.

What you'll learn

In this course, you will learn the basics of SDN and NFV. You'll become familiar with what they are at a conceptual level, and how they aim to solve both business and technical problems. We'll first look at SDN and how it differs from traditional networking, then investigate NFV and how the combination of virtualization and networking have provided us some considerable automation benefits. We'll discuss how to evaluate these technologies and how they will impact you, your organization, and the industry at large. Finally, we'll help you develop an action plan so that you can take the next steps on your SDN journey.

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About the authors

Brian's technical background includes almost 20 years of implementing, teaching, and writing about products from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, IBM, HP, EMC, Dell, and Cisco. In addition to his other certifications, he holds VMware's advanced instructor credential (VCI-Level 2) and two of their most advanced design and implementation credentials: VCAP-DCD and VCAP-DCA. Brian has recently begun taking his classroom and field experience to the masses by authoring a number of publications, training cou... more

John Hales is also the author of many books, from involved technical books from Sybex and Cengage to exam preparation books, to many quick reference guides from BarCharts, in addition to custom courseware for Fortune 500 customers. His latest book on vSphere is entitled Administering vSphere 5: Planning, Implementing and Troubleshooting. He has taught in many countries in Europe (including Russia, The Netherlands, Germany, Latvia, England, France, and Ireland), the Middle East (including Israel ... more

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