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SDN and SD-WAN Fundamentals: Intro to Software-defined Networking

by Sean Douglas

This course will teach you the fundamentals of software-defined networking (SDN). You'll learn how SDN works, its components and architecture, the problems that it solves, and the benefits it provides over traditional distributed network deployments.

What you'll learn

These days, enterprise networks, and the administrators that manage them, are under enormous pressure to provide reliable, highly scalable network solutions as both organizations and customers require network connectivity for ever-increasing amounts of information. Software-defined networking (SDN) gives network admins new, more efficient ways to configure, manage, secure, and optimize their organization’s network resources.

In this course, SDN and SD-WAN Fundamentals: Intro to Software-defined Networking, you'll learn the basics of how software-defined networking works, its components and architecture, the problems that it solves, and the benefits it provides.

First, you’ll explore the limitations and inefficiencies of traditional distributed network components and their deployments.

Next, you’ll discover the characteristics and components of software-defined networking and discover how it provides extended functionality to network devices.

Finally, you’ll learn how SDN programmability allows administrators to interact with their network devices and network controllers using a variety of application programming interfaces (APIs).

When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of software-defined networking technology needed to administer and support an SDN 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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