Self-Study Materials

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The Building Next-Generation Data Center includes days of self-study materials that you can begin to study months before the course starts. Please write down the questions while you study the materials – we'll address as many of them as feasible during the live sessions.

You can access the materials directly from this page (or from module descriptions), or go through the list of all materials included in this course.

List of modules

Collecting the Requirements

Additional recommended materials

  • You'll find useful hints on sizing the network links in the Sizing the Network webinar by Terry Slattery.
  • I would highly recommend watching Clouds, Overlays and SDN: What Matters Is Your Business (40 minute YouTube video).
  • You should also watch the Anatomy of Lock-In (45 minutes) and OpenStack 101 (30 minutes) presentations from Autumn 2016 session of this course
  • If you don’t have IPv6 design and deployment experience, watch the Building Large IPv6 Networks webinar (2-3 hours, depending on which modules you watch). You should go through the Design Principles, at least the non-MPLS part of IPv6 Core Networks and the first half of IPv6 Access Networks sections. However, even the module focused on service provider environment contain interesting information that might be applicable in data centers (for example, DHCPv6 relay functionality).

Automation and Orchestration

If you’re new to network automation these webinars will give you a good foundation:

This content is a must-see if you're not familiar with network automation systems and tools:

Additional recommended materials

If you want to know more about network automation and SDN, and how you can use then in data center environments, do watch these webinars:

These Software Gone Wild episodes focus on open-source tools (each one is ~1 hour long):

I would recommend listening to the practical aspects of data center network automation covered in these podcasts:

Finally, you’ll enjoy watching the NAPALM and network automation presentation @ NANOG64 (40 minutes)

If you still have some time left, do listen to these podcasts:

Design Compute and Storage Infrastructure

Unless you’re fluent in data center technologies, I’d strongly recommend you watch these webinars:

Additional recommended materials

You might also find the approach described in the Open-Source Hybrid Cloud reference architecture podcast interesting.

Each podcast is ~1 hour long.

Design the Network Services and Infrastructure

If you’re not familiar with virtual networking and virtual appliances, start with Introduction to Virtual Networking webinar (2 hours).

You’ll find the information you need to understand modern data center fabrics in these webinars:

To get familiar with the principles of overlay virtual networking watch:

You should also read these Expert Express Case Studies (plan to spend approximately one hour per case study).

Finally, it might be worth watching IPv6-Only Data Centers webinar with Tore Anderson (~ 1 hour).

Additional recommended materials

High-Availability Concerns

You’ll have to understand the basics of application architectures and load balancing. Watch:

I would also recommend watching parts of the IPv6 access to IPv4 content part of the IPv6 Transition Mechanisms webinar (40 minutes)

Additional recommended materials

You might want to know more about over-the-top cloud networking solutions. You’ll find them in the Cloud Computing Networking webinar (video Over-the-Cloud Networking).

These Expert Express Case Studies cover select details of active/active data centers and workload migration. Plan to spend an hour per case study.

Putting It All Together

If you haven’t watched them yet, now’s the time to watch:

You should also watch the presentation from Autumn 2016 session in which Mitja Robas explained how to run VMware NSX on top of Cisco EVPN infrastructure

Additional recommended materials

These Expert Express Case Studies cover WAN edge and security aspects. Plan to spend an hour per case study.

If you’re interested in the challenge of reducing forwarding table sizes, listen to these Software Gone Wild podcasts (each one is approximately an hour long):