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SDN and SD-WAN Fundamentals: Intro to SD-WAN

by Sean Douglas

This course will help you understand the SD-WAN solution architecture and its components. You will learn how SD-WAN works, the problems that it solves, and the advantages that it offers compared to traditional WAN deployments.

What you'll learn

Cost and complexity are becoming more and more prohibitive for legacy networks in the face of today’s requirements, including end-to-end security, various transport networks, an ongoing increase in the number of mobile end-users, high-bandwidth cloud applications, and any-to-any connectivity. Many organizations are deploying SD-WAN technology solutions to meet these challenges.

In this course, SDN and SD-WAN Fundamentals: Intro to SD-WAN, you'll learn about the SD-WAN solution architecture and its components.

First, you’ll explore the cost, complexity, and control challenges faced in traditional legacy WAN deployments.

Next, you’ll discover the the SD-WAN solution architecture and how SD-WAN provides extensive functionality to enterprise WAN solutions.

Finally, you’ll learn how programmability using REST application programming interfaces (APIs) allows administrators to configure and manage policy throughout their WAN deployments.

When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have fundamental knowledge of core SD-WAN technology, and understand the benefits and advantages of deploying an SD-WAN solution.

About the author

Sean Douglas has more than 17 years of experience working extensively with Cisco technology. He didn't always understand how IP networks, voice, and video solutions work. Sean remembers clearly what it was like to start from the beginning, when everything was new and somewhat confusing. Fortunately, he had some exceptional teachers that took the time to explain things in plain terms. He also has an enthusiasm for learning and finding solutions. Sean brings that same passion for learning and enth... more

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