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Technology Introduction

49:00 Network Programmability 101

This webinar discusses fundamental concepts and ideas that network engineers can use today to start "ramping up" the software-defined path. Matt Oswalt addresses some of the biggest questions on many network professionals' minds - questions like "Do I need to be a programmer to keep my job?", or "There is so much to learn - where do I start?".

2:01:00 Introduction to Virtualized Networking

Introductory webinar describing the networking requirements of server virtualization and IaaS cloud services, workload mobility, large-scale virtual networking solutions and multi-tenant isolation. This webinar is the recommended entry-level starting point for networking engineers interested in virtualization and cloud services.

6:57:00 Data Center 3.0 for Networking Engineers

A broad overview of modern data center architectures and technologies covering server and LAN virtualization, LAN reference architectures and emerging fabric architectures, storage area networks and basics of data center interconnects.

Building Data Center Fabrics

16:38:00 Data Center Fabric Architectures

The webinar describes the data center networking requirements and various approaches to data center fabric networks. It includes in-depth analysis of fabric architectures used by major data center networking vendor and compares their scalability and ease-of-use.

10:52:00 Leaf-and-Spine Fabric Architectures

The Leaf-and-Spine Fabric Architectures webinar describes the leaf-and-spine (Clos fabric) concepts, architecture, and single- and multistage designs that can be used to build large layer-2 or layer-3 all-point-equidistant Data Center networks.

4:25:00 EVPN Technical Deep Dive

This webinar will help you grasp the EVPN fundamentals, potential use cases, and its benefits and drawbacks. The deep dive part of the webinar discussed technical details that will enable you to deploy and troubleshoot EVPN in multi-vendor environments.

Software-Defined and Open Networking

3:09:00 Introduction to Software Defined Networking (SDN)

This webinar will help you figure out whether it's worth spending time and energy on Software Defined Networking and related technologies, and explain the concepts of SDN, whitebox switching, and network programmability and automation.

2:22:00 Open Networking for Large-Scale Networks

This webinar will cover the design components involved in building a data center or cloud fabric using a single, disaggregated device—the way some hyperscale and web scale operators build their networks.

1:12:00 Networks, Buffers, and Drops

Buffering is a confusing and sometimes controversial topic when it comes to networking. In this short webinar JR Rivers discusses some of the related theory and practicalities as well as gives insight to tools that are available to networking specialists.

Multi-Site Deployments and Application-Level Challenges

33:00 Data Center Interconnects

Focused exclusively on DCI issues, this webinar describes numerous designs and technologies (including local and global load balancers, VPLS, OTV and MPLS/VPN) that can be used to build active-active data centers. This webinar expands on the concepts described in the Data Center 3.0 for Networking Engineers webinar, which is thus a highly recommended prerequisite.

3:01:00 Designing Active-Active and Disaster Recovery Data Centers

This webinar covers typical design scenarios encountered when building a disaster recovery data center or deploying multiple data centers in an active-active configuration.

1:15:00 TCP, HTTP and SPDY

TCP and HTTP, the transport and presentation-layer protocols used by almost all web-based applications, could have a significant impact on web application responsiveness and page load time. The webinar also describes SPDY, a novel protocol that is currently the basis for HTTP 2.0.


Data Center Design Case Studies

The new digital book by Ivan Pepelnjak describes typical data center designs, from WAN edge routing to cloud networking infrastructure, server connectivity, and virtual appliances. Design scenarios described in the book are based on dozens of consulting engagements solving real-life customer challenges.

Workshop Slide Decks

Standard subscription includes access to slide decks of several data center workshops.

3:30:00 Building Active-Active and Disaster Recovery Data Centers Workshop

This workshop starts with an application-centric view of the problem, analyzes typical application requirements, and identifies bottlenecks, challenges and roadblocks on the way to mobile workloads deployed in multiple data centers. In the second half of the workshop we focus on application designs that have been proven to work in active/active data center scenarios and across the private/public cloud boundaries.

3:00:00 Designing Leaf-and-Spine Fabrics Workshop

This vendor-independent workshop explains the basics of leaf-and-spine fabrics, describes typical data center fabric designs, and gives you design guidelines ranging from small (two switches) to very large (hundreds of switches) fabrics.

3:00:00 Data Center Fabrics Overview Workshop

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