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WHAT IS NETWORK ENGINEER?

A network engineer is a technology professional who is highly skilled in maintaining the connectivity of networks in terms of data, voice, calls, videos and wireless network services. These network engineers are also referred to as network architects.By our Network engineer definition, they are accountable for formulating, implementing and executing the entirety of computer networks within an organization. Additionally, our network...

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My Network Cutover Soundtrack

Here’s a list of carefully thought-out pairings of songs and specific types of network activities like cutovers, refresh projects, and typical pain-in-the-butt network tasks. Click on the network-y activity to listen, and make sure to have your sound at a decent volume. Most of these tasks take longer than the length of one typical song, so usually I’m listening to the entire album. Keep in mind that these links open a YouTube...

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Network Automation: Another Tool in the Toolbox

Over the last few weeks I’ve noticed a few tweets and blog posts regarding the immaturity of network automation methods and the danger in utilizing those methods in production networks. Though I agree that processes always have room to mature and that wiggling wires in a production environment always poses some risk, I believe this new emerging narrative in social media makes several assumptions that aren’t necessarily...

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The Joy of Just Getting the Job Done

Ambitious network engineers thrive on facing challenges and learning new technology. They love to learn, they get excited at the latest and greatest technology, and they get bored easily. And in my experience, the most ambitious network engineers are constantly looking for opportunities to be part of bigger, more complex and more interesting projects. Recently I had a discussion with some friends about our early days when we were in...

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Information Security: Lying to Ourselves for Peace of Mind

I’m not really a security expert, but I’ve worked on enough network security projects and am ramping up for a large one now to have some opinions. Network Field Day 11 wasn’t necessarily security-focused, but there was discussion from one vendor presentation and then during a roundtable that got the wheels turning. At the NFD 11 roundtable on security, Greg Ferro posited that the ROI in information security is not worth it. It...