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Software Defined Networking and Cloud Computing

This free online course on Alison takes you through the basics of cloud computing and software-defined networking.

Network and Security
Free Course
This free online course will be of great interest to students and individuals who have requisite background knowledge of networking and computer programming. The course describes the fundamentals of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and how it can be used in the context of Internet of Things. You will also be introduced to the basics of cloud computing. You will learn about sensor cloud technology and an open-source platform known as OpenStack.
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    5-6 Hours
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This course begins by explaining the fundamentals of an important technology known as Software-Defined Networking (SDN). You will learn about some of the basic concepts that surround Software-Defined Networking and the controller placement problem in Software-Defined Networking. You will be introduced to APIs in Software-Defined Networking, different architectures as well as some control mechanisms.

The course then explains the motivation behind cloud computing, particularly from the use of cloud computing in the Internet of Things. You will learn about some basic models of cloud and the recent trends in cloud computing. You will be able to explain service models in cloud computing and compare the three service models. You will be introduced to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and some of its essential characteristics.

This course then explains the basics of an open-source platform for cloud known as OpenStack as well as its components. You will learn about the step-by-step installation instructions of OpenStack. You will be able to explain the importance of sensor cloud technology in the development of IoT environments. You will also be introduced to virtualization concept and lastly, you will take a short recap of Wireless Sensor Networks.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to;

  • Discuss the fundamentals of software-defined networking, origin and some of its basic concepts
  • Analyze how software-defined networking can be used in the context of internet of things
  • Explain the evolution of cloud computing 
  • Discuss the concept of Openstack and list the functions of its components
  • Analyze the installation process of OpenStack
  • List the advantages of sensor cloud technology over regular sensor networks


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