SDN Essentials Releases Only Multi-Vendor SDN Course on the Market

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SDN Essentials announces one-of-a-kind SDN Foundations class covering the latest developments in software-defined networking and offering participants the unique opportunity to test drive a wide range of vendor solutions.

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Our SDN Foundations class covers a broad range of topics: SDN definitions and architecture, the OpenFlow protocol, use cases and case studies, and programming 101.

SDN Essentials has released SDN Foundations, a one-of-a-kind course that examines current SDN architectures and use cases. Participants will gain hands-on experience with a variety of vendors, including Cisco, Juniper, BigSwitch, Pica8, PLUMgrid, NEC, and Brocade, as well as open source initiatives, such as such as Floodlight, OpenDaylight, and OpenStack.

"As we continue to see SDN deployments accelerate, education will play an integral role in its adoption and success. Big Switch is excited to partner with SDN Essentials for its Foundations Class where we'll have the opportunity to provide hands-on education via BSN Labs around Big Cloud Fabric and Big Monitoring Fabric, our hyperscale-inspired SDN fabric products," said Gregg Holzrichter, Chief Marketing Officer at Big Switch Networks. "We are excited for the opportunity to work closely with the community and help them understand and see the immediate and long-term CapEx and OpEx benefits of SDN."

"Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is rapidly evolving approach to networking. Adopting a new approach to network operations is not a minor undertaking, and users should educate themselves before implementing so that it is as seamless as possible. The first step is educating yourself on the foundational concepts and solutions available with this emerging architecture. Brocade supports SDN Essentials in its effort to educate those looking for a better understanding of SDN and its associated technologies, protocols and solutions," said Rob Buergisser, Sr. Director Education and Partner Services at Brocade.

"SDN is a key enabler to achieving business agility, and its use cases are expanding for enterprises and service providers. As more businesses realize the benefits of SDN, education and training are paramount to ramp up more technical staff. PLUMgrid is pleased to partner with SDN Essentials to deliver high quality training with hands-on exercises to provide the deep insight and knowledge that organizations are looking for today." - Wendy Cartee, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing, PLUMgrid

"Network administrators love the idea of SDN, but wonder who is going to train them," said Steve Garrison, Vice President of Marketing at Pica8. "By teaming up with SDN Essentials, we can deliver hands-on training through Pica8's Virtual Lab, which takes users from bare metal switches to a BGP fabric and then onto and OpenFlow-based fabric in one session."

"SDN Essentials is the premier provider of SDN training, and we've worked closely with our partners to develop content that caters to industry requirements. As our partners' solutions have gained traction and pushed SDN technology forward, it was only natural that SDN Essentials would develop a class that provides the broader market the ability to quickly and effectively understand what the current offerings are all about. Our SDN Foundations class covers a broad range of topics: SDN definitions and architecture, the OpenFlow protocol, use cases and case studies, and programming 101. We also look into several vendor solutions, including Cisco APIC-EM, Juniper Contrail, Big Switch Networks Big Cloud Fabric, Brocade Vyatta Controller, NEC PFC Controller, PLUMgrid, and Pica8, as well as OpenDaylight and OpenStack considerations. This 3-day event offers attendees the unique opportunity to test drive these solutions and understand the current trends in SDN." - Marco Alves, Director of Education Services at SDN Essentials.

About Big Switch Networks
Big Switch Networks is the market leader in bringing hyperscale data center networking technologies to a mainstream data center audience. The company is taking three key hyperscale technologies -- OEM/ODM bare metal and open Ethernet switch hardware, sophisticated SDN control software, and core-and-pod data center designs -- and leveraging them in fit-for-purpose products designed for use in enterprises, cloud providers, and service providers. The company's Big Monitoring Fabric is a feature-rich next-generation Network Packet Broker to monitor and protect existing networks, and Big Cloud Fabric is the industry's most advanced open networking switching fabric intended for new data center pods such as OpenStack private cloud, VMware NSX, big data, and VDI. Visit

About Brocade
Brocade networking solutions help the world's leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. Visit

About PLUMgrid
PLUMgrid is the leader of secure and scalable virtual network infrastructure solutions for OpenStack clouds. PLUMgrid delivers industry leading software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions that enable modern data centers to connect tenants, applications and workloads efficiently across hypervisors, virtualized, container and bare metal architectures. PLUMgrid is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. and is funded by venture capital and strategic investors. Visit, read the PLUMgrid blog and follow the company on Twitter @PLUMgrid.

About Pica8
Since 2009, Pica8 is the one-stop source for white box networking with PicOS™, a network operating system that enables organizations and original equipment manufacturers to easily integrate Layer-2 / Layer-3 networking and software-defined networking (SDN) using commodity switches. Pica8’s solutions enable real time, hands free provisioning that fits today’s complex networks and scales with them to enable transformation. PicOS supports an industry-standard CLI for Layer-2 / Layer-3, unmodified Linux, and OpenFlow 1.4. Pica8 provides PicOS on both pre-loaded switching hardware or as standalone software for a growing list of compatible bare metal switches. Pica8 is a global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit or follow @pica8 on Twitter.

About SDN Essentials
SDN Essentials is your one-stop shop for planning, building, and executing a Software-Defined Network. Our comprehensive range of services — education, training, consulting and managed services — is designed to optimize your network for better performance, cost and reliability.

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