Networking Overview for Managers Training Course

Public Classroom


Networking for Managers

Networking Overview for Managers training course is designed for technical leads and managers who need to have a thorough understanding of Network Technology solutions available on the market today to solve enterprise challenges in dealing with ever increasing large data transfers and complex network infrastructures. We will cover main building blocks and concepts of network technologies, different networking solutions available today, and what problems they are trying to solve.

The course will conclude with a 30 – 40 minute Q&A session, where topics in the world of networking will be explored in a discussion format.


2 days

Course Objectives

By the completion of this Networking Overview for Managers training course the participants should be able to have a solid understanding of:

  • Basic concepts of networking
  • OSI Reference Model and its operation
  • Building blocks of Ethernet and LAN
  • Switching, Routing and Load Balancing technologies
  • Different types of network providers and their roles
  • Core principles of a good network design
  • Network Security fundamentals
  • Network Management Systems and their importance
  • Network Operations and best practices


This training is best suited for technical leads and managers, to help them understand various networking concepts and technologies.


There are no prerequisites for this training. Existing knowledge of networking technologies is not required.


  1. Networking Primer
    1. Bits and Bytes
    2. OSI Reference Model Overview
    3. Introduction to the TCP/IP
    4. IP Addressing
  2. Network Technologies Overview
    1. Cable media types
    2. Ethernet
    3. LAN
    4. WAN
    5. Internet/Intranet
    6. Point-to-Point
    7. Telecom circuits
  3. Network Devices Overview
    1. Switch
    2. Router
    3. Load Balancer
    4. Firewall
    5. VPN
  4. Switching Overview
    1. Definition of the switching process
    2. Main switching concepts and protocols
  5. Routing Overview
    1. Definition of the routing process
    2. Main routing concepts and protocols
  6. Load Balancing Overview
    1. Definition
    2. Key concepts of load balancing
  7. Network Providers and Their Roles
    1. Equipment manufactures
    2. ISPs
    3. CDN service providers
    4. Data center hosting providers
  8. Network Design Basics
    1. Network design principles
    2. Modular network design
    3. Hierarchical network design
      1. Core
      2. Distribution
      3. Access
  9. Network Security
    1. Network security principles
    2. Network security technologies
      1. Identity technologies
      2. Host and application security
      3. Network firewalls
      4. Content filtering
      5. Intrusion detection systems
      6. Cryptogrophy
    3. Common network security attacks
  10. Network Management Systems
    1. What is network management system and its importance
    2. Network performance metrics
      1. Latency
      2. Loss
      3. Throughput
      4. Availability
      5. Application Response Time
    3. Network Monitoring Systems
      1. External monitoring: Keynote, Gomez
      2. Internal monitoring: Nagios, Cacti, etc…
      3. Netflow analyzers
  11. Network Operations Best Practices
    1. Network outages and their impact
    2. The purpose of process
    3. Managing network incidents
    4. Controlling network changes in production environments
    5. Troubleshooting techniques during network outages
  12. Case Studies
    1. Network topology review at company X
      1. Business requirements as an input to network design
      2. Network main components and high level architecture
      3. Process and steps to build it
      4. Day-to-day tasks and keeping the network running
    2. Network outage and resolution at company X
      1. Summary of events causing the outage
      2. Steps to resolve it
      3. Business impact
      4. Analysis of what went wrong and can be improved in the future to prevent these failures