Introduction to SDN (ONF Certified prep class)

Ramp up for the ONF’s Associate level certification exam with this 1-day introductory course.


Course title:

Introduction to SDN (ONF Certified prep class)





This is a 1-day class that covers the basics of 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 50% lecture and 50% lab and is aimed at preparing participants for the ONF Associate level certification exam.


Definitions and standards

  • Problems in Networking (that SDN can help solve)
  • Making the case for SDN
  • SDN Flavors


  • What is OpenFlow
  • How does OpenFlow work
  • of-config
  • SDN Related Technologies
  • SDN Standards Organizations

SDN Use Cases

  • • Data center/Enterprise
  • • WAN
  • • Transport Networks

Migration Strategies

  • • Framework
  • • Migration Approaches
  • • Devices and Deployments
  • • Planning

Security, the ONF and Controller Redundancy

  • • Security and Availability
  • • Overview of the ONF organization
  • • Controller Redundancy

Open source initiatives

  • • Overview
  • • Open source controllers
  • • Other open source initiatives

Lab: Using the Floodlight controller

  • • 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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About the exam

Exam Title: ONF-Certified SDN Associate (OCSA-110)

Exam Details: 40 questions in 60 minutes and a pass score of 70%. Full credit given for each correct answer, no partial credit, as all questions return a binary response (correct/incorrect).

Exam Delivery: Delivered electronically via secure login, with attestation and affirmation of academic integrity by the candidate. Alternatively, an onsite proctor is also possible if taking an official SDN preparation class.

Credential Awarded: ONF Certified SDN Associate (OCSA) upon successful completion of the exam.

Exam Purpose: This certification exam attests and formally certifies that the successful candidate has vendor-neutral conceptual knowledge of the major domains of networking practices that support the theory and practice of Software Defined Networking (SDN). It presupposes foundational knowledge in computer networking practices, and will validate conceptual knowledge in how those computer networking foundations are affected in an SDN environment. It is an entry-level certification examination for technical professionals asserting concept-level mastery of the domain of SDN.

More information about the exam is available here.

Availability and Price


By taking this course, attendees will be able to

1. Identify SDN concepts and architecture as put forth by the ONF
2. Understand the workings of OpenFlow
3. Discuss SDN use cases and migration strategies
4. Understand the ONF as an organization and identify open source initiatives
5. Gain valuable hands-on experience with a Mininet network and the Floodlight Controller

Intended audience

This course is aimed at beginners that want to grasp basic SDN concepts.


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

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