Software-Defined Data Centers (SDDC)

Software-Defined Data Centers are products or solutions that allow their users to consume dynamic compute, storage and network resources controlled through an API-driven orchestration system. Well-known products in this category include OpenStack, VMware NSX and Cisco ACI. content will help you understand the networking-related SDDC technologies and architectures.

Webinar Roadmap

We would suggest you take this path through the SDDC webinars:


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These SDDC webinars are available to all paying subscribers for the duration of their subscription:

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Networking in Private and Public Clouds: This 5-hour webinar describes the networking requirements of various cloud services (from infrastructure virtualization to software-as-a-service solutions) and designs you can use to build data center networks that support them.

The webinar focuses on IaaS networking scalability and helps you select the most appropriate architecture for your environment based on the number of physical servers and tenants you envision in your environment.

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Overlay Virtual Networking: This vendor-agnostic webinar briefly revisits the networking needs of server virtualization and IaaS cloud computing and describes the benefits and drawbacks of overlay virtual networks as compared to traditional VLAN-based solutions (including VM-aware networking technologies like 802.1Qbg). The second half of the webinar focuses on architectural and scalability aspects of individual solutions from major virtualization vendors (Cisco, VMware, Microsoft) and open-source alternatives (OpenStack).

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Virtual Firewalls: This webinar will walk you through the virtual firewalls taxonomy, describe the major architectural options, and illustrate typical use cases with products from established virtual firewall vendors and startups. The webinar assumes familiarity with virtual networking concepts and VMware networking solutions.

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VMware NSX, Cisco ACI or Standard-Based EVPN: Are you building a new data center fabric? Trying to decide whether to use VMware NSX or Cisco ACI? How about EVPN? This fast-paced webinar will help you select the best option for your environment.

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VMware NSX Technical Deep Dive: This webinar describes VMware NSX principles, architecture and components, including overlay virtual networking, physical-to-virtual gateways, network services and security.

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Cisco ACI Introduction: This webinar describes Cisco ACI from multiple viewpoints, introduces the reasons we migrated from STP/vPC to VXLAN and overlay networks, gives you an overview of Cisco ACI architecture and its components, and introduces the challenges of APIC controller resilience and scalability.

The second half of the webinar describes more complex Cisco ACI architectures, from stretched fabrics to multi-site deployments.

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Cisco ACI Deep Dive: This webinar covers advanced Cisco ACI topics from infrastructure components and protocols to managed objects, VMM integration, and automation... not from a merely theoretical point of view, but from a perspective of a networking engineer with hands-on ACI design, installation and deployment experience.

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These Software-Defined Data Centers (SDDC) webinars are available as part of free subscription:

Introduction to Software-Defined Data Centers (SDDC) : This webinar describes the concepts of Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) including software-defined storage, network connectivity and network services using VMware NSX/VSAN as a real-life example.

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VMware NSX Architecture Overview : This overview webinar was created at the launch of VMware NSX in 2013, and describes the principles of overlay virtual networking, architecture of VMware NSX-V and NSX-MH (both now obsolete), and NSX principles of operation.

We're continuing to offer this free webinar because it might still give you relevant insight into VMware NSX fundamentals.

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Designing Scalable Web Applications : This workshop gives you some of the background knowledge you need to design, develop and deploy a web-based application that will scale to millions of users.

It was delivered several times as a 4-month course at University of Ljubljana between 2012 and 2015, but never recorded as the university rules forbade lectures in foreign languages (including English).

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