How Do I Get Started with SDN and Virtualization?
Here’s a short question I got from one of my readers:
I am a CCIE in SP/DC & working as Technical Architect in US. I follow your website but I don’t know where to start for SDN/Virtualization/Openstack…
I guess he’s not alone, so here’s a long list of resources I put together in the last 5+ years.
Before I get started: you’ll find links to most of these resources on ipSpace.net SDN Resources page.
Free SDN resources on ipSpace.net
I did a number of free (read: sponsored) webinars on SDN, they're listed on ipSpace.net Content web site and gathered in the Introduction to SDN package.
Next, I'm often travelling around the globe delivering presentations on SDN and related topics. The links to videos (where available) are included on my presentations page.
I wrote almost 200 blog posts on SDN; they’re also available as a series of books.
Finally, you might want to subscribe to my SDN mailing list to get SDN tips, information on upcoming training, and latest SDN-related blog posts straight into your Inbox.
When you're ready to start dealing with advanced SDN and network automation topics, you'll find a pretty good (and ever-expanding) coverage in Advanced SDN Training series of webinars.
Occasionally I’m doing SDN and SDDC workshops. You’ll get information on upcoming events by subscribing to the SDN mailing list.
Virtualization and Cloud Computing
I don't have any free webinars for virtualization/cloud networking area (apart from VMware NSX Architecture), but you’ll find plenty of cloud computing and virtualization webinars on ipSpace.net.
Also, make sure to check my virtualization and cloud-related blog posts – I wrote over 250 blog posts on these topics. They’re not yet available in book form, apart from the hot topics of Overlay Virtual Networking.
OpenStack is not yet covered in my blog posts or webinars, but you'll get at least the basic understanding of how network virtualization works and what the problems are from the virtualization webinars.
Finally, here’s a list of SDN- or network virtualization related blogs definitely worth following (taken from my OPML export and thus in random order):
- Telecom Occasionally
- Scott Lowe blog
- BRAD HEDLUND.com
- CCIE 31104, what's next?
- IT 2.0
- Network Heresy
- The Networking Nerd
- Jason Edelman
- Keeping It Classless
- The Forwarding Plane
- Data Center Virtualization and DC Interconnect
- Packet Pushers Community blog posts
- Pedro Marques
Have I missed another great SDN resource? Please write a comment.
Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals - Cisco Press 2014
Thanks for the mention, Ivan.