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SYS 407: Software-Defined Networks (United Arab Emirates)


SYS 407 is designed for any engineer who will work on network design, configuration, deployment, or testing.

In this hands-on course, you will learn how software-defined networking (SDN) dramatically improves control system network performance and engineering capabilities. You will also learn how to engineer networks using SDN to enhance the cybersecurity, situational awareness, and performance of operational technology (OT) networks. In addition, you will gain experience traffic-engineering a real application-driven OT Ethernet network using the SEL-5056 Software-Defined Network Flow Controller and the SEL-2740S Software-Defined Network Switch.

During the course, we will use SDN to engineer a network to support a motor protection system with dual sources. We will teach you how to design, configure, test, troubleshoot, and validate an SDN network.

For additional information and to register, please contact:

Ali Omran
Regional Business Manager
Phone: +973.1752.7700


Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students can:

  • Interpret the different components used to engineer a network in terms of their applications, services, and policies.
  • Compare and contrast the differences between the control and data planes and their responsibilities and requirements.
  • Examine the Ethernet frame structure to recognize what fields are and how they are used in SDN.
  • Understand the different delivery methods of Ethernet frames and their use cases.
  • Summarize how the lifecycle of a conversation is structured using Ethernet protocols.
  • Demonstrate basic functions within Wireshark, such as how to capture and evaluate Ethernet frames, conversations, and troubleshooting
  • Understand how SDN improves network engineering.
  • Identify the advantages SDN brings to control systems—performance, cybersecurity, and situational awareness—and how this benefits the people and systems these networks are used in.
  • Understand what OT SDN is and how proactive traffic engineering enables new capabilities and performance for our critical systems.
  • Apply SDN network engineering to their own network needs.
  • Engineer and configure networks using SDN to maximize the benefits.
  • Understand how SDN enables greater situational awareness after deployment and simplifies change management.


Course Information
Course Base Fees: $USD1,750*

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Course Requirements


You should have a general understanding of networking and Ethernet packets.

Course Preparation

Please check the General Course Information page for what you should bring to class. In addition, please make sure that the laptop you bring to class has the following software and features:

  • Wireshark packet analyzer 
  • Ethernet port
  • Google Chrome