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Software Defined Networking

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Transition your career into the world of software defined networking (SDN) and learn how to deploy cutting edge solutions with network functions virtualisation (NFV). Learn this highly in-demand skillset and be ready for the future, today.

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22 Feb 2021

Time commitment
6 weeks (8-10 hours per week) 100% online
A$ 1600 incl GST

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Why Software Defined Networking

SDN is an approach to network management that enables fast, programmatically efficient networks beyond conventional firmware or hardware. For communication service providers (CSPs) such as Telstra, the need to transform their network infrastructure has seen a rise in SDN technology and the deployment of network functions in a digital network functions virtualisation (NFV) form.

As the benefits of SDN NFV are being realised globally, there is a huge demand and skill shortage for SDN NFV engineers in the Australian market. SDN NFV will also enable emerging technologies such as 5G, meaning that now is the perfect time to upskill and thrive in this booming market.

Skills learned
  • Explain networking fundamentals and make informed routing and switching protocol decisions, including IP networking protocols
  • Employ foundational knowledge of SDN and apply this to a business use case
  • Comprehend organisational benefits of SDN NFV technology, how they interact, and apply this to a business use case
  • Apply cloud infrastructure to orchestrate workflows and understand the usage of OpenStack
  • Explore various service models and cloud service providers to determine best-fit cloud architecture and design web applications
  • Understand common networking languages and define service modelling for various networks
  • Evaluate applications for containerisation, CI/CD, and continuous optimisation for programmable networks
  • Communicate ideas to drive effective outcomes for diverse business environments and stakeholders
How it works

This course provides the skills required to future-proof your career in SDN and meet widespread industry change. Ideal for students from traditional network engineering, programming, or related IT roles, you'll participate in a lab environment and complete module tasks on the cloud and open source tools. By the end of this course, you'll be equipped with the skills to transition from physical to digital networks. ​

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Course Structure

Module 1

IP networking

Understand networking fundamentals

Explore routing and switching protocols

Examine advanced protocols such as MPLS

Module 2

SDN based technology

An introduction to SDN networking

Evaluate SDN network setups

 Comprehend SDN technology

Module 3

Virtualisation with NFV technology

Identify virtualisation and network functions virtualisation 

Examine various use cases for virtualisation and NFV technology

Module 4

Cloud implementation

Understand cloud architecture 

Analyse workload orchestration and apply it to your project

Explore OpenStack and understand its requirements

Module 5

Orchestration and modelling

Review orchestration fundamentals

Develop service modelling requirements

Comprehend orchestrators for your project

Module 6

Development and automation

Develop your network solution

Create a container for your project

Review and provide recommendations for continuous optimisation

Learn with Industry Experts

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Jeff YoungSubject Matter Expert

RMIT Online has built our courses in partnership with industry, providing you with the latest industry insights and best practices from the real world of work. Our subject matter experts on this course include people like Jeff Young. Jeff has over 20 years’ experience in IT and CSP industries, and currently is the Head of Operations of SDN at Telstra. Prior to this, Jeff worked in various roles including CTO, VP/Head of Engineering, VP of Architecture, and as a Senior Analyst at companies such as Juniper, Telstra, Burton Group (now Gartner), Alcatel, Cable & Wireless, and MCI.  

Saeed Tasbih Expert Industry Mentor

RMIT Online has built our courses in partnership with industry, providing you with the latest industry insights and best practices from the real world of work. Our subject matter experts on this course include people like Saeed Tasbih. Saeed is a CTO with over 20 years’ experience in technology and has proven success developing innovative strategies that empower technology enabled business transformation and growth. 

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