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ONF Certified SDN Associate (OCSA)


Duration 1 day


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 has 75% lecture and 25% lab and is aimed at preparing participants for the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) SDN Associate exam.



  • 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



This course provides learners with an overview of basic SDN concepts and valuable hands-on experience with a Mininet network and the Floodlight Controller. This course is a good starting point for networking professionals and enthusiasts who are seeking an introduction to Software Defined Networking.



Attendees should have a basic understanding of networking and be able to identify the shortcomings of legacy networking infrastructure.



  • SDN for Network Engineers
  • SDN Foundations



Exam Available in Languages: English, Simplified Chinese

  • Exam Format: Closed-book format. Web-Based
  • Questions: 40 multiple choice questions
  • Passing Score:  70%
  • Exam Duration: 60 minutes, 15 minutes extra time for non-native English speakers



Module 1: Introduction

  • Company introduction
  • Student introductions
  •  Logistics
  • 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

Lab: OpenFlow

  • Using the Floodlight controller and Mininet
  • Using a Java based application to monitor the network
  • Using Wireshark to analyze OpenFlow messages



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