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  • Virtual Learning

    Self paced Learning platform with structured SDN/NFV curriculum for quick ramp up on relevant technologies and solutions.

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    • Self-paced Training Curriculum
    • eLearning and Assessments
    • Hands-on Virtual Lab Exercises.
  • Technology

    The Criterion SDCloud Platform is powered by the Criterion Cloud Provisioner, a self-reliant, multi-node orchestrator that ensures that a sandbox comes up with the required state each and every provision time.

    As an example, setting up a simple 5-node OpenContrail sandbox takes anywhere between 2- 3 days of continuous effort to become fully operational. Even after that, the reliability of the environment is very difficult to maintain.

    Contrast that with the same sandbox in Criterion SDCloud: 15-20 minutes to provision, with unparalleled stability and reliability.

    The Criterion Cloud Provisioner takes a “sans master-slave” approach to deployment. Rather, the entire provisioning is based on a multi-master concept – each node acts as its own master and configures itself based on the assigned role, ensuring dynamic scale and support.

    In addition, the Criterion Cloud Provisioner’s auto-heal, service discovery, and orchestration features ensure that each and every sandbox/ lab/solution is always stable and ready for use, once provisioned.

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  • Technology

    The Criterion SDCloud Platform is powered by the Criterion Cloud Provisioner, a self-reliant, multi-node orchestrator that ensures that a sandbox comes up with the required state each and every provision time.

    As an example, setting up a simple 5-node OpenContrail sandbox takes anywhere between 2- 3 days of continuous effort to become fully operational. Even after that, the reliability of the environment is very difficult to maintain.

    Contrast that with the same sandbox in Criterion SDCloud: 15-20 minutes to provision, with unparalleled stability and reliability.

    The Criterion Cloud Provisioner takes a “sans master-slave” approach to deployment. Rather, the entire provisioning is based on a multi-master concept – each node acts as its own master and configures itself based on the assigned role, ensuring dynamic scale and support.

    In addition, the Criterion Cloud Provisioner’s auto-heal, service discovery, and orchestration features ensure that each and every sandbox/ lab/solution is always stable and ready for use, once provisioned.

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  • FAQ

    • Does the OCSA online training compare with your OCSA classroom training?

      As you know, Instructor driven classroom trainings for OCSA usually vary from 4 hours to 6 hours. Instructor can explain the topics by providing more examples based on participants background and questions asked.

      Our web-based OCSA training need 8 hours of focused learning time to complete the training, In this 8 hours of training, OCSA eLearning modules run for 4 hours. OCSA lab portion typically takes 4 hours.

    • What is the pricing for the OCSA virtual learning program?

      The price of the OCSA online course is US$500 for a one-month subscription period. It is currently being offered at $400 on a promotional basis for a short duration.
    • How can I appear for the OCSA certification exam once I completed the OCSA online course?

      You can appear for the OCSA certification exam by purchasing the OCSA exam voucher and providing us your preferred exam dates/times. General list price for Certification exam fee (including proctoring charges) is around US$175.
    • What is offered in the subscription of the OCSA virtual learning program?

      The subscription price is for the LMS-based eLearning, SDN Learning Labs and the SDN Lab exercise modules of the OCSA virtual learning program. Once you have purchase the program, you will receive a welcome email with a student workbook (in PDF format). The student workbook will have he slides of the eLearning and learning lab material for both online and offline reference during and after the program.

      The online SDN course helps one to pace out their learning and practice SDN skills using the online SDN Labs over a period of time.
       
      Though SDN Lab is not part of the OCSA certification exam, we have made it SDN Lab an important part of the online SDN course. Having an SDN Lab at your disposal greatly helps you understand the SDN material and put the SDN skills into work.  
        
      Certification exam is not included in the online course. Once you are ready to attend a certification exam, please purchase a OCSA exam voucher to request for OCSA certification exam.

    • How long would it take me to complete the OCSA web-based training?

      How you structure and plan your learning and completion goals is entirely up to you.

      Our web-based OCSA training need 8 hours of focused learning time to complete the training, In this 8 hours of training, OCSA eLearning modules run for 4 hours. OCSA lab portion typically takes 4 hours.

      As you can see, it is easy to complete all the online learning modules of OCSA within a week if that is your goal. Many might prefer to take a few weeks to gain better understanding and practice of the SDN topics before attempting the exam.

    • Where can I find additional details on the OCSA certification learning program on your website?

      You can find basic details of the OCSA learning program under the Virtual Learning related offerings on our website. For further details, sign-up and access for the program, you need to login to our solution platform.
    • How can I purchase the OCSA virtual learning program?

      In case you haven’t already done it that, please complete your registration with Criterion Networks. In case you are already a registered user or once you finished the registration process, please login to the portal. You are required to login to be able to view, purchase and access Criterion’s on-demand sandbox and virtual learning offerings.

      Step 1. Once you login, you will see the Login Dashboard. Below is the Login Dashboard Snapshot.

      Step 2. You need to click on the “Learnings” toward the middle of the dashboard to navigate to our learning portfolio page. OCSA Certification learning is listed on the top of the learnings page as shown in the screenshot below.

      Step 2. Please click on OCSA certification learning to take to the OCSA Certification Learning program page where you can click on “Pay & Launch” to complete the learning purchase and start using the OCSA Certification Virtual Learning.

    • Could you provide me some snapshots of the internal pages so that I can get a better understanding of the program before I purchase it?

      Below are some snapshots of the OCSA Certification Virtual Learning Program.

      1. OCSA Certification Virtual Learning Dashboard Snapshot:

      2. OCSA LMS-based Learning Page Snapshot:

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      3. OCSA Lab Exercises Page snapshot:

    • I am not interested in OCSA training as I am already comfortable with the OCSA exam topics. Can I directly appear for the OCSA certification exam.

      Yes. Please purchase the OCSA exam voucher with information on your preferred exam dates/times.
    • How can I review the slides after my subscription got expired?

      The slide deck used for the E-learning course is available for participants to download. You can use the document for reference later even after the subscription is expired.
    • Is the E-learning module just enough for passing the OCSA exam?

      Our E-learning course is developed by SDN experts who have been teaching the SDN Workshops to various corporates, retail participants across the globe with very high customer satisfaction. Being an active ONF member company, our experts were also advisors to the skills certification program. E-learning content have been developed with best intention to provide participants a real knowledge on SDN along with Hands-on exercises. We however recommend participants to spend good time to understand all the concepts in detail at self-pace, go through the important reference material provided along with the course before attempting the exam.
    • Does the E-learning content have 100% of concepts as per blue-print of OCSA?

      OCSA exam has 15% of questions dedicated for traditional Networking that are not covered in this course. This E-learning course attempts to provide important and relevant information for remaining 85% of questions.
    • What is the Prerequisite for going through this OCSA training?

      There is no specific prerequisite for going through this training. Basic concepts required to understand the entire course is taken care in the initial sections. However, familiarity and experience with traditional networking concepts will greatly help to understand and relate better of the new networking design compared to traditional design.
    • Who should I contact if there is any issue with the E-learning content?

      For any issues in launching or viewing the content, please send an email to sdcloud-support@criterionnetworks.com

      For any issues or queries with the content itself, please send an email to academy@criterionnetworks.com

    • Can I share the any E-learning content or documents with my others?

      NO. All the documents and E-learning content can be used ONLY by you. If our software notice any misuse of the account, it will be de-activated automatically.
    • Can I extend the course duration beyond the current subscription period if I have not completed on time?

      Yes. You will have an option to auto-renew the course from the Criterion SDCloud portal.
    • Do we have any sample questions for OCSA exam?

      We have a sample assessment exam at the end of the E-learning course. Participants can get idea on the nature and intensity of the questions by attempting it.
  • Pricing is based on the entire resources used by the engineering sandboxes and solution showcase pods. It is driven by 3 factors:

    1.Scale of the SDN/NFV/OpenStack solution (number of nodes).
    2.Complexity of the Networking Solution.
    3.Optimization criteria: cost (Virtual instances) or performance (Bare Metal).

    SDCloud users are required to provide the following information on these 3 factors:

    Size of the SDN/NFV/OpenStack solution

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    Aggregated resources of all VMs or each VM in the solution separately.
    Number of nodes within the solution.

    Complexity tier of the networking for the solution

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    ADVANCED TIER – Simple networking.
    ENTERPRISE TIER – Advanced networking features.

    Optimization criteria. When a solution instance is deployed, users can optimize on either cost or performance

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    COST OPTIMIZATION – Criterion Networks auto-picks underlying cloud based on virtual instances for lower prices.
    PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION – Choose AWS, Google, Packet.net cloud regions which include virtual and bare metal instances.

  • ONF Certified SDN Associate

    ONF Certified SDN Associate (OCSA) Virtual Learning is a self-paced program that is designed for busy professionals who would like to acquire SDN knowledge and skillsets to achieve ONF Certified SDN Associate certification and build a career in SDN domain which holds tremendous potential into the future.

    By taking this workshop, attendees will be able to:

    • 1. Understand SDN concepts and the case for SDN architecture as put forth by the ONF
    • 2. Gain detailed understanding OpenFlow protocol along with operational knowledge
    • 3. Discuss SDN use cases and migration strategies
    • 4. Learn about SDN Ecosystem and the related open source software initiatives
    • 5. Gain Hands-on experience in understanding SDN using SDN Lab

    Intended audience:

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

    Pre-requisites:

    Attendees are expected to have thorough knowledge of networking fundamentals, Layer 2/3, Layer 4-7 Services.

    ONF Certified SDN Associate

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