SoftLayer's Network Implementation



In this course, you will learn how to implement one of SoftLayer's network Infrastructure-as-a-Solution (IaaS). You will be introduced to how to connect to the cloud to take advantage of SoftLayer's (IaaS) capabilities. This approach will be offered through instructor-led instruction, active demonstrations, and use of hands-on labs.


  • Network administrators who need to understand the cloud connectivity considerations to manage networks
  • System administrators who need to manage the overall system connectivity and performance
  • Software developers, especially those in a developer operations (DevOps) role IT
  • Solution and software architects who need to understand how to implement the solutions designed for IaaS requirements


  • Experience in network and systems administration
  • Knowledge of network design and implementation principles, especially Brocade and Citrix products
  • Experience with load balancing, Internet and web-hosting fundamentals
  • General knowledge of networking protocols (TCP/IP, HTTP)

Learning Objectives

  • Order, configure, deploy, and scale infrastructure to manage and tackle common network implementation issues.
  • Best practices based on real client implementations
  • Expert tips from production environments
  • SoftLayer self-managed support structure and processes
  • SoftLayer resources

1. Perimeter Firewalls

  • Fortinet FortiGate Security Appliance (FSA) Overview
  • FSA Firewall Rules
  • FSA Site-to-Site VPN

2. Secondary IP

  • IP Addressing
  • Virtual Networking

3. Routing and Network Security

  • Network Fundamentals
  • SoftLayer Data Center Scalability
  • Introduction to Brocade vRouter (Vyatta)
  • Enabling Intra/Inter-pod Routing
  • Security Zones and Firewalling
  • Enabling NAT on the Vyatta
  • VPN Technologies
  • FSA vs. Brocade Comparison

4. Load Balancing and SSL Offloading

  • Local versus global load balancing
  • Introducing Citrix NetScaler
  • Local load balancing with Citrix NetScaler
  • SSL Offload
  • Global load balancing with Citrix NetScaler