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So You Want to be a Network Engineer. Here’s Where You Should Start!

First lets talk about what a Network Engineer is. According to The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing. Retrieved April 27, 2015, from Dictionary.com website a Network Engineer is:

“A high-level LAN /WAN technician who plans, implements and supports network solutions between multiple platforms. A network engineer installs and maintains local area network hardware and software, and troubleshoots network usage and computer peripherals.”

Network Engineers can wear many different hats. I believe the more “Traditional” Network Engineers mainly work on devices such as Routers, Switches, Firewalls, Wireless Access Points and Controllers, Load Balancers, Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems as well as some server maintenance involving virtualization and network management software. Next we should discuss the overview of the differences between Network Engineering and Administration. Keep in mind I am just talking from an industry general view/standpoint. Some companies may not differ between the 2 titles. Engineers and Admins tend to share a lot of responsibility when it comes to maintaining and troubleshooting a network. The dividing line seems to be in the design/installation area with the bulk of this work generally being done by the more “experienced” engineers. Admins usually fall under the NOC (Network Operations Center) which in large companies/agencies is usually staffed 24x7x365. I have also seen the difference broken down into tiers when it comes to troubleshooting escalation. Network Admins usually fall in the Tier 1-2 range with Engineers being considered Tier 3. Read More »

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SDN – A Cisco Champion’s perspective

Software defined networking (SDN for short) is going to be an important technology that will change the way we do networking. But what is SDN today and even more important, what is it going to be?

When you start reading about SDN as a network engineer, you ask yourself what your future job will look like. Will you still be a network engineer as we know you today, or a network developer, with a focus on scripting and programming your network? In my opinion, the reality will be somewhere in between. But no one can tell you today what impact SDN will have on your daily work tomorrow. Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 16. CCIE Wireless Exam Updates

CiscoChampion2015200PX#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking about CCIE Wireless exam updates with Cisco CCIE Program Manager Erik Vangrunderbeek, Cisco Engineering Technical Leader Jerome Henry, Cisco Distinguished Systems Engineer Stephen Orr, and Cisco Consulting Systems Engineer Carlos AlcAntara.

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Cisco SMEs
Erik Vangrunderbeek, Cisco CCIE Program Manager
Jerome Henry, Cisco Engineering Technical Leader
Stephen Orr, Cisco Distinguished Systems Engineer
Carlos AlcAntara, Cisco Consulting Systems Engineer

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Samuel Clements, @samuel_clements, Mobility Practice Manager
Andrew vonNagy, @revolutionwifi, Mobility Architect Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 15. Attack of the DevNet featuring SDN and DevOps

CiscoChampion2015200PX#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking about DevNet, SDN, DevOps and ACI with Cisco Custom Application Engineer, Brett Tiller.

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Cisco SME
Brett Tiller, Cisco Custom Application Engineer

Cisco Champion Guest Hosts
Michael Aossey, @aossey, Solutions Architect
Hal Rottenberg, @halr9000, Developer Advocate

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Lauren Friedman (@lauren) Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 14. Threat Grid

CiscoChampion2015200PX#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking about Threat Grid with Cisco Business Development Manager and Threat Grid expert, Jessica Bair.

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Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE.
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Cisco SME
Jessica Bair, @jessicambair, Cisco Business Development Manager and Threat Grid expert

Cisco Champion Guest Hosts
Michael Aossey, @aossey, Solutions Architect
Jake Gillen, @jakegillen, Senior Security Engineer

Moderator
Brian Remmel (@bremmel) Read More »

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