Software Defined Networking 101: Workshop and Certification

MONDAY, JUNE 1 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 

PLEASE NOTE: The Software Defined Networking 101 Workshop is not included in your Conference Pass. Please select it through Registration. Rate: $400.00, includes lunch.

Software defined networks (SDN) are transforming the ICT industry.

Your business may increasingly rely on your ability to speak knowledgeably about SDN. You may have a vague idea of what it's all about, but wouldn't it be great to get a real handle on the concepts, definitions, technologies, industry impact, major players, myth, reality and even more? In one day? 

You can. TIA 2015 invites you to our day-long SDN 101 Workshop and Certification on Monday, June 1.

Presented by Tallac Networks -- named one of the "Ten Coolest Networking Startups of 2014" -- the workshop will teach basic SDN concepts and definitions, and present SDN technologies and major players that are impacting ICT. See the workshop content at this link.

The workshop is presented in bite-size segments, each ending in a Q&A. The highly interactive program will cover: SDN Background; SDN Definition; SDN Players; Use Cases and Details; SDN Neighbors and Critics; SDN Sample Applications and Review. Participants in this workshop will receive an SDN 101 Course Certificate.

You must be registered for the Network of the Future Conference to attend. The SDN 101 Course, offered by Tallac, costs an additional $400.00. Include this option when you register. Lunch is included!


Chuck Black is Co-Founder and Principal Software Architect at Tallac Networks. He has over 30 years of experience in the computer networking industry and is a recognized innovator and developer of products in the areas of network management, network security, and data center network connectivity.

Chuck has authored multiple patents in the network technology arena. While at HP he won top honors for excellence in presentations given to technical audiences at worldwide symposiums. He is co-author of the book SDN: A Comprehensive Approach.

Chuck received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.


SDN Background

Historical perspective of SDN

  • The evolution of networking.  How did we get where we are today?
  • SDN precursors
  • The arrival of SDN
  • SDN and OpenFlow become wildly popular... Er, or not.
  • Then - BOOM - datacenters, server virtualization, and the cloud broke our current networking technology, and we have to catch up.
  • Quiz
  • Q&A
  • SDN Definition

Definition of SDN

  • "Open SDN" 
  • "SDN via APIs".  
  • "SDN via Network Virtualization (aka Overlays)".  
  • Quiz
  • Q&A

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch and Networking

SDN Players - Review

Who is doing what, and how are they doing it?

  • SDN activity by open groups (researchers, standards, open source)
  • Open Networking Foundation
  • Open implementations (switches, controllers, miscellaneous)
  • OpenDaylight
  • SDN activity by Vendors and "Upstarts"
  • SDN activity by Carriers and Enterprise
  • Lab
  • Q&A

SDN Use Cases & Details

Common uses for SDN technology

  • SDN in the Cloud and the Datacenter: where networking using today's methods is truly broken
  • SDN in the WAN: where SDN is perhaps the easiest to implement
  • SDN for the Campus: common uses like BYOD, mobility, NAC, etc.
  • SDN for Service Providers and Carriers: using SDN to overcome the shortcomings of traditional ethernet
  • SDN in transport
  • SDN for routed networks
  • SDN for switched networks
  • SDN for mobile networks

SDN Controllers

  • OpenDaylight | Cisco APICS
  • Beacon | Floodlight
  • NEC | IBM
  • HP VAN SDN Controller
  • Juniper OpenContrail, NorthStar

SDN Protocol Details

  • Open Networking Foundation
  • OpenFlow 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, and 1.4
  • OpenFlow Interoperability
  • Quiz
  • Q&A

SDN Neighbors & Critics


  • What is it, and what is it trying to do?
  • How does it relate to SDN?
  • What are the details of OpenStack Networking (used to be Quantum, now called Neutron)?

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)

  • What is it?
  • Who is interested in it?
  • Why are they interested in it?
  • What are some common use cases for NFV?

SDN Challenges

  • Security
  • Management
  • Organizational Impact
  • Migration from today's network to SDN
  • Operational process overhaul; automation strategies
  • Integrating SDN and NFV
  • Quiz
  • Q&A

SDN Sample Applications & Review

Blacklist in Action

  • Overview and Design
  • Demonstration

NAC in Action

  • Overview and Design
  • Demonstration
  • Review of everything we've talked about
  • Q&A