Technological advancements in networking within the last few years are revolutionizing concepts of networking for both Enterprises and Service Providers. This course demystifies these latest advancements in network technologies. Topics include in-depth coverage of modern networking elements, network requirements, Network Virtualization technologies, Software Defined Network (SDN), and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). Coverage of latest technology requirements includes elastic traffic, big data, mobility, QoS, QoE, and more. The course discusses SDN and NFV components, architecture, protocols, and use cases. Virtualization technologies include VLANs, OpenFlow, VPNs – IPSec and MPLS-based. The course emphasizes deep understanding, analyses, and evaluation of modern network architectures. Prerequisites: ICT 4800 (required), ICT 4830 (strongly recommended).