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SSC20: IBM Software-defined Networking for Virtual Environments – Implementation

DURATION: 2 days

SCHEDULED DATES: TBD – Contact Us for more Information


This course will attempt to clarify the new and paradigm changing concepts involved in software-defined networking. It will cover the basics of software-defined networking from a technology standpoint, the product architecture of IBM SDN VE, explain its major components, their benefits while showing how to implement the solution. It will also cover configurations that an administrator must be aware of, advanced features that are supported by the product, like integration with OpenStack while showing multiple use cases.

IBM Software-defined Networking for Virtual Environments (IBM SDN VE) creates a more responsive network infrastructure by creating virtual networks for dynamic workloads. This virtual network is isolated from the physical network much like a virtual machine is isolated from its host server hardware.

IBM Flex System offers intelligent, integrated, and flexible network architecture that can fit with your existing or future environment. These high performance Ethernet offerings coupled with on demand scalability offer an easy way to scale as IT requirements grow. IBM Flex System Fabric is integrated, optimized, and automated.

Therefore, IBM Flex System is a good platform for implementing IBM SDN VE.


Enrollment in this intermediate course is not restricted. This may include anyone involved with the planning, installation, configuration, and upgrades to their systems.

This might include, but is not limited to:

Customers and IT consultants
Technical IBM personnel
IBM Business Partner technical personnel


Summarize the I/O architecture of IBM PureFlex
Select and integrate scalable switch elements for IBM PureFlex
Select the right connectors and cabling for IBM Flex System networking components
Demonstrate an ability to access and interact with the scalable switch elements and top of the rack switches in IBM PureFlex
Select the right I/O adapters for specific IBM Flex System components
Summarize the wiring scheme for different PureFlex configurations
Summarize the key layer 2 and layer 3 features of IBM Flex System networking components
Create redundant network topologies by implementing key high availability features using IBM Flex System networking components
Design a virtual network infrastructure using IBM’s network virtualization solutions
Design a virtual network infrastructure by implementing Virtual Fabric and
IBM Unified Fabric Port