Welcome!

SDN Journal Authors: Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, TJ Randall

News Feed Item

Open Networking Foundation Introduces New SDN Skills Certification Program

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of open Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today introduces the ONF-Certified SDN Professional (OCSP) Program. The program is designed to provide a strong foundation of vendor-neutral, concept and technical level credentials in open SDN that can integrate with and complement individual vendor certifications in networking technologies or programming languages.

“Our introduction of the ONF-Certified SDN Professional Program is in direct response to the growing need to validate knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) within the emerging field of open SDN technologies and business solutions,” said Rick Bauer, technical program manager of the Open Networking Foundation. “Networking has changed dramatically since ONF’s founding three years ago. Those involved in the trenches of today’s evolving networks need to be up-to-date on the skills that are most sought after within their industry. ONF certifications will provide SDN practitioners with an industry-recognized standard by which individual knowledge and skills can be evaluated.”

By evolving the program alongside the SDN ecosystem, ONF will establish and maintain a uniform standard by which individual knowledge and skill sets in SDN can be understood and validated by prospective employers. ONF will conduct workshops later in September to create a global blueprint identifying the key learning objectives for each certification. The OCSP program will leverage a variety of independent learning and training programs by creating certification exam blueprints. These blueprints will be developed by ONF and published as open standards for worldwide adoption and enhancements as the SDN ecosystem evolves.

The program will begin by offering two certifications, an ONF-Certified SDN Engineer (OCSE) and an ONF-Certified SDN Associate (OCSA):

  • ONF-Certified SDN Engineer (OCSE)
    The engineer certification certifies technical and engineering-level knowledge of SDN technologies, architectures, and deployment solutions and is designed for entry level SDN engineering and networking professionals.
  • ONF-Certified SDN Associate (OCSA)
    This certification validates concept-level knowledge of SDN technologies, architectures, and deployment solutions. This certification is designed for entry-level sales and marketing professionals to have a foundational understanding of SDN.

The exams for the OCSE and OCSA will be available in early 2015. The exam will be translated into major languages once demand is established. Once a candidate has passed an OCSP certification exam, they will receive a certificate and an authorized registration number for their certification, which will be managed through a global online portal available to certification owners and prospective employers.

Additional certification categories will be announced next year. For more information on the current program, please contact ONF’s Technical Program Manager, Rick Bauer at [email protected].

About ONF
Launched in 2011 by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo!, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a growing nonprofit organization with more than 140 members whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of open SDN. ONF promotes open SDN and OpenFlow technologies and standards while fostering a vibrant market of products, services, applications, customers, and users. For further details visit the ONF website at: http://www.opennetworking.org.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

CloudEXPO Stories
Your job is mostly boring. Many of the IT operations tasks you perform on a day-to-day basis are repetitive and dull. Utilizing automation can improve your work life, automating away the drudgery and embracing the passion for technology that got you started in the first place. In this presentation, I'll talk about what automation is, and how to approach implementing it in the context of IT Operations. Ned will discuss keys to success in the long term and include practical real-world examples. Get started on automating your way to a brighter future!
The challenges of aggregating data from consumer-oriented devices, such as wearable technologies and smart thermostats, are fairly well-understood. However, there are a new set of challenges for IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository. Ochandarena discusses a whole new way to think about your next-gen applications and how to address the challenges of building applications that harness all data types and sources.
Whenever a new technology hits the high points of hype, everyone starts talking about it like it will solve all their business problems. Blockchain is one of those technologies. According to Gartner's latest report on the hype cycle of emerging technologies, blockchain has just passed the peak of their hype cycle curve. If you read the news articles about it, one would think it has taken over the technology world. No disruptive technology is without its challenges and potential impediments that frequently get lost in the hype. The panel will discuss their perspective on what they see as they key challenges and/or impediments to adoption, and how they see those issues could be resolved or mitigated.
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 12-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI and Machine Learning to one location.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Nutanix has been named "Platinum Sponsor" of CloudEXPO | DevOpsSUMMIT | DXWorldEXPO New York, which will take place November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform blends web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge server, storage, virtualization and networking into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine intelligence.