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Workforce Skills Transformation Workshops

Workshops and Self-Paced Learning Programs

Major network operators and large enterprises globally have announced plans to adopt a software-centric networking strategy and embarked on a time-bound roadmap to transform their networks and organizations to the software-centric and cloud-based paradigm.

Back in 2013, AT&T announced a plan to have 75% of its wireline and wireless network running on SDN, NFV, and cloud platforms by 2020. As part of that shift, AT&T adopted plans for a full-scale organizational transformation to ensure that its business processes, workforce skills, and culture is aligned and able to support its new software-centric and DevOps-driven strategy. This massive workforce transformation initiative, dubbed Workforce 2020, will enable AT&T’s 130,000-strong work force to boost their skills for the software-centric era.

While AT&T took the lead publicly, all other major players such as Verizon, NTT Communication, and Etisalat, among others, have announced similar plans and roadmaps as they shift to the software-centric and cloud-based paradigm.

As a transformation and solution integration partner for network operators and business enterprises, Criterion Networks is playing a major role in the transformation journey of our customers. Criterion Consulting Practice helps operators and enterprises with best practices and roadmaps in their business process, organizational, network and workforce transformation transition.

To address the critical requirements of workforce skills transformation, Criterion Consulting Practice offers a wide-ranging set of onsite and online training workshops and boot camps for operators and large enterprises, complete with case studies, hands-on exercises, and learning labs. These training offerings are tailored to meet the specific requirements and needs of both management and technical teams.

Criterion is proud to have delivered many such trainings. Major players have voiced their appreciation for the value, in-depth knowledge, and hands-on skills that Criterion and its instructors have imparted to their workforce during these sessions.

Workforce Skills Transformation Workshops

Software Defined Networking

  • Criterion SDN Fundamentals w/o Certification (1 Day)

    Criterion’s 1-Day SDN Fundamentals Workshop is designed for professionals who would like to acquire vendor-neutral conceptual knowledge of the major domains of networking practices that support the theory and practice of Software Defined Networking (SDN).

    The workshop provides a thorough understanding of all the SDN-related topics needed for the ONF Certified SDN Associate (OCSA) Certification.

    By taking this workshop, participants will have a clearer understanding of the following topics:
    • SDN concepts and the case for SDN architecture as put forth by the ONF.
    • Detailed understanding of the OpenFlow protocol, along with operational knowledge.
    • SDN use cases and migration strategies.
    • SDN ecosystem and related open-source software initiatives
    • SDN Lab
    • Other SDN-related topics needed to pass the ONF Certified SDN Associate Certification exam.
    Duration & Modality:
    • 1-Day, Instructor Led, Live, face-to-face or online
    • Lecture, demo, case studies, discussions, SDN Lab
    Intended audience:

    This introductory SDN workshop is intended for all networking and IT professionals who are interested to learn core SD-related skills and/or achieve ONF Certified SDN Associate certification.

    Prerequisites:
    • Computing, Storage, Networking Basics
    • Virtualization Knowledge
  • Criterion SDN Foundations Workshop (2 Days)

    This introductory SDN Foundations workshop provides insights into the motivation for SDN by highlighting current networking challenges, SDN as a new approach to designing computer networks, and discussing the popular OpenFlow protocol that is a prominent component of SDN architecture. It further discusses on the design choices and flexibility for components like switches and controllers within SDN framework, performance considerations, and examples of vendor-specific implementations. Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and OpenStack technologies and their relation to SDN are also discussed to understand how the networking landscape is rapidly evolving. It provides an overview on deployed SDN use cases in Data Center, Service Provider, WAN and Enterprise networks.

    Workshop includes hands-on exercises on simulating a virtual OpenFlow network with Mininet, viewing basic OpenFlow messages and operations with Wireshark, SDN Controllers (including Opendaylight, Floodlight and POX), Network slicing, and SDN programming to write and test the Controller application to convert OpenFlow forwarding device as Hub, L2/L3 switch and firewall.

    By taking this workshop, participants will have a clearer understanding of the following topics:
    • SDN, SDN ecosystem and SDN related technologies
    • OpenFlow protocol supported by multiple hands-on exercises
    • SDN architecture and various SDN Controllers
    • Various SDN deployment use cases
    • SDN Programming supported by multiple hands-on exercises
    • All SDN topics needed to achieve ONF Certified SDN Associate certification
    Target Audience:
    • Network Administrators/Engineers
    • Network Support Engineers
    • Software Engineers (Dev/Test)
    • Sales/Systems Engineers
    • Technical Marketing Engineers
    • Technical Leaders/Managers
    Prerequisites:
    • Computing, Storage, Networking Basics
    • Virtualization Knowledge
    Information on Hands-on Labs:

    Participants need to have the following for the hands-on exercises.

    • Laptop (Windows, Linux or Mac) with > 4GB RAM and virtualization software (freely available on all platforms)
    • Further details about other installations will be shared upon confirmed booking or registration for the workshop
  • Criterion Introduction to SDN for Managers/Directors (1 Day)

    Software-defined networking (SDN) is revolutionizing corporate networks, with its centralized, highly programmable model that separates the control and data planes from the underlying infrastructure making for more granular, automated network management. With SDN, network design is finally evolving to meet the demands of cloud computing and virtualization. As vendors seek to make networks more flexible and easy to use, the concepts of centralized control and programmability have become the hallmarks of SDN.

    This is an introductory course for building the foundational knowledge of SDN and SDN Ecosystem for managers and senior management.

    By taking this workshop, participants will have clear understanding of the following topics:
    • Evolution of programmable networks and SDN
    • SDN terminology, building blocks, components, architectures, and reference standards
    • OpenFlow architecture and various network controllers
    • Virtual networking and Network Functional Virtualization (NFV) concepts
    • SDN ecoystem and SDN deployment considerations
    • SDN business and technology landscape, including a review of major players
    Duration & Modality:
    • 1-Day, Instructor Led, face-to-face
    • Lecture, demo, case studies, discussions
    Target Audience:
    • Technical Leaders/Managers
    • Senior Managers and Directors
    • VP, CxO
    Prerequisites:
    • Computing, Storage, Networking Basics
    • Virtualization Knowledge
  • Criterion Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) Workshop (3 Days)

    Criterion Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) workshop provides insights into the motivation for SDN by highlighting current business challenges, discussing Network and SDDC Fundamentals, and providing detailed coverage of SDDC management and control components, network virtualization and related open-source technologies, virtual network service functions and applications, as well as on-demand provisioning and monitoring topics. The program also provides a good overview on the SDN ecosystem, with discussions on OpenStack, OpenDaylight, NFV, and Network Virtualization (NV), and includes case studies and hands-on exercises for a better understanding of relevant concepts.

    By taking this workshop, participants will have clearer understanding of the following topics:
    • Current Business Problems & Network Fundamentals.
    • Overview of Software Defined Data Centers.
    • Introduction to vSphere and Network virtualization.
    • Open Source and DevOps Technologies Overview.
    • Logical Layer2 Switches (Overlay Network concepts).
    • Logical Layer3 Routers, e.g. DLR or DVR concepts.
    • Layer2 Bridging.
    • Firewall and Security Services.
    • Integration of Third-party solution with Virtual Networks.
    • Operations and Monitoring Tools.
    • Infrastructure Provisioning Automation.
    Duration & Modality:
    • 3-Day, Instructor Led, face-to-face
    • Lecture, demo, case studies, discussions, hands-on exercises
    Target Audience:
    • Technical Marketing Engineers.
    • Technical Leaders/Managers.
    • Network Administrators/Engineers.
    • Network Support Engineers.
    • Software Engineers (Dev/Test).
    • Sales/Systems Engineers.
    • System Administrators/ IT Engineers.
    Prerequisites:
    • Computing, Storage, Networking Basics
    • Virtualization Knowledge
    Information on Hands-on Labs:

    Participants need to have the following for the hands-on exercises.

    • Laptop (Windows, Linux or Mac) with > 4GB RAM and virtualization software (freely available on all platforms)
    • Further details about other installations will be shared upon confirmed booking or registration for the workshop

OpenStack Cloud

  • Criterion OpenStack Fundamentals (1 Day)

    OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface. Like other aspects of the cloud operating system, it can be used by administrators and users to increase the value of existing datacenter assets.

    This 1-day workshop focuses on introducing cloud computing concepts followed by detailed discussion on OpenStack Architecture, components and typical deployments. To quickly visualize the learnt concepts and allow participants to understand them clearly, a demo will be performed on the instructor’s laptop where we launch a VM in the OpenStack cloud and discuss how its components work together.

    By taking this workshop, participants will have a clearer understanding of the following topics:
    • Cloud Computing Terminologies.
    • OpenStack Architecture.
    • OpenStack Components.
    • Interworking of OpenStack Components.
    • Network Virtualization.
    • NFV and OpenStack.
    • OpenStack Ecosystem.
    Duration & Modality:
    • 1-Day, Instructor-led, face-to-face.
    • Lecture, demo, case studies, discussions, hands-on exercises.
    Target Audience:
    • Technical Marketing Engineers.
    • Technical Leaders/Managers.
    • Senior Managers and Directors.
    • Network Administrators/Engineers.
    • Network Support Engineers.
    • Software Engineers (Dev/Test).
    • Sales/Systems Engineers.
    • System Administrators/ IT Engineers.
    Prerequisites:
    • Computing, Storage, Networking Basics.
    • Virtualization Knowledge
  • Criterion OpenStack Boot Camp (2 Days)

    OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface. Like other aspects of the cloud operating system, it can be used by administrators and users to increase the value of existing datacenter assets. OpenStack Networking ensures the network will not be the bottleneck or limiting factor in a cloud deployment and gives users real self-service, even over their network configurations.

    The OpenStack boot camp provides participants with the opportunity for more in-depth understanding and practice their hands-on implementation skills with OpenStack Compute, Storage and Networking modules.

    By taking this workshop, participants will have a clearer understanding of the following topics:
    • Low-level details of OpenStack Architecture
    • Automated tools for OpenStack deployment
    • Adding/deleting users/tenants and assigning roles
    • Adding images to OpenStack
    • Creating compute flavors, key pairs, and security groups
    • Creating and adding volumes for block and object storage
    • Network Virtualization concepts
    • Neutron Core Plugins
    • Neutron Service Plugins – LBaaS, FWaaS
    Duration & Modality:
    • 2-Day, Instructor-led, face-to-face
    • Lecture, case studies, hands-on exercises, discussions
    Target Audience:
    • Technical Marketing Engineers
    • Technical Leaders/Managers
    • Network Administrators/Engineers
    • Network Support Engineers
    • Software Engineers (Dev/Test)
    • Sales/Systems Engineers
    • System Administrators/IT Engineers
    Prerequisites:
    • Knowledge of Networking Fundamentals, Layer2/3, Layer4-7 Services
    • Cisco OpenStack Fundamentals workshop
    Information on Hands-on Labs:

    Participants need to have the following for the hands-on exercises.

    • Laptop (Windows, Linux or Mac) with > 4GB RAM and virtualization software (freely available on all platforms)
    • Further details about other installations will be shared upon confirmed booking or registration for the workshop
  • Criterion Introduction to OpenStack for Managers/Directors (Half-Day)

    OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface. Like other aspects of the cloud operating system, it can be used by administrators and users to increase the value of existing datacenter assets.

    This 1-day workshop focuses on introducing cloud computing concepts followed by a detailed discussion on OpenStack Architecture, components and typical deployments. To quickly visualize the learnt concepts and allow participants to understand them clearly, a demo will be performed on the instructor’s laptop where we launch a VM in the OpenStack cloud and discuss how its components work together.

    By taking this workshop, participants will have a clearer understanding of the following topics:
    • What is OpenStack
    • Cloud Computing Terminologies
    • IaaS/PaaS/SaaS Service Models
    • Private/Public/Hybrid Clouds
    • OpenStack Architecture
    • OpenStack Components
    • OpenStack Demo
    • OpenStack in ETSI NFV Architecture
    Duration & Modality:
    • 1-Day, Instructor-led, face-to-face
    • Lecture, demo, case studies, discussions
    Target Audience:
    • Technical Leaders/Managers
    • Senior Managers and Directors
    • VP, CxO
    Prerequisites:
    • Computing, Storage, Networking Basics
    • Virtualization Knowledge
  • Criterion OpenStack Networking Workshop (2 Days)

    OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface. Like other aspects of the cloud operating system, it can be used by administrators and users to increase the value of existing datacenter assets. OpenStack Networking ensures the network will not be the bottleneck or limiting factor in a cloud deployment and gives users real self-service, even over their network configurations.

    The OpenStack boot camp provides participants with the opportunity for more in-depth understanding and practice their hands-on implementation skills with OpenStack Compute, Storage and Networking modules.

    By taking this workshop, participants will have a clearer understanding of the following topics:
    • Legacy OpenStack Networking (Nova-Network) and Networking Module (Neutron).
    • Complete workflow, including VM creation, and network provisioning to reach internal and external networks is discussed, with clear explanations on sequence of events between various modules.
    • Important network functions like Load Balancer, Firewall, and VPN as a service are discussed in detail along with hands-on exercises to implement them in an OpenStack cloud.
    • OpenStack ecosystem (SDN, NFV, Network Controller)
    • Implementing powerful new use cases by integrating latest networking research and advancements in the OpenStack ecosystem.
    • OpenStack Cloud installation and Deployment using Puppet
    Duration & Modality:
    • 2-Day, Instructor-led, face-to-face
    • Lecture, case-studies, hands-on exercises, discussions
    Target Audience:
    • Technical Marketing Engineers
    • Technical Leaders/Managers
    • Network Administrators/Engineers
    • Network Support Engineers
    • Software Engineers (Dev/Test)
    • Sales/Systems Engineers
    • System Administrators/IT Engineers
    Prerequisites:
    • Knowledge of Networking Fundamentals, Layer2/3, Layer4-7 Services.
    • Cisco OpenStack Fundamentals workshop
    Information on Hands-on Labs:

    Participants need to have the following for the hands-on exercises.

    • Laptop (Windows, Linux or Mac) with > 4GB RAM and virtualization software (freely available on all platforms)
    • Further details about other installations will be shared upon confirmed booking or registration for the workshop.

DevOps

  • Criterion DevOps Fundamentals (1 Day)

    “DevOps” denotes a close collaboration and cross-pollination between development roles, operations roles and QA roles. With frequent release cycles requiring a complete paradigm shift from the traditional “waterfall” develop-test-release cycles, developers must take responsibility for the quality of their testing and release environments.

    In this foundational course, participants will acquire a broader overview of the technology and business landscape surrounding DevOps, and key transformations that are fostering modern engineering/development practices. Participants will also learn, at a high level, about various tools that enable various aspects of a DevOps ecosystem.

    By taking this workshop, participants will have a clearer understanding of the following topics:
    • DevOps – Why and What is it? History and Evolution
    • The Need for DevOps: Developers and Operations Priorities
    • Business and Organizational Relevance
    • Core Elements – People, Process, Automation
    • Ensuring Reliability and Resiliency
    • DevOps and Agile, Continuous Integration, Release Management, Cloud and Automation
    • Processes and Tools
    • Challenges
    • Case Studies and Best Practices
    Duration & Modality:
    • 1-Day, Instructor-led, face-to-face
    • Lecture, demo, discussions
    Target Audience:
    • Technical Marketing Engineers
    • Technical Leaders/Managers
    • Network Administrators/Engineers
    • Network Support Engineers
    • Software Engineers (Dev/Test)
    • Sales/Systems Engineers
    • System Administrators/IT Engineers
    Prerequisites:
    • Computing, Storage, Networking Basics
    • Virtualization Knowledge