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4+1 Practices for Effective Lifelong IT Learning (Part 2)

Happy with how you go about learning, or wish you could learn more, learn more quickly, and even just do it? Today’s post continues what was begun in the previous post, namely a list of good practices to consider to improve how you go about learning throughout your IT career.

The previous post set up the issues, and made two broad suggestions:

  • Continuously learn more about learning and study, practice what you learn, and improve
  • Research and improve note-taking skills for each type of notes you take

Today’s post adds two more practices to the list, with a renewed request that you add your suggestions as well. Today, we’ll examine one type of short-term tactical goal setting with SMART goals, plus a much-neglected study activity: thinking about what you already studied.

3) Start Each Week w/ Achievable SMART Goals

Have you ever finished a week with this thought?

“I failed to make as much progress as I would have liked to make with what I’m learning right now.”

Many factors, both controllable and uncontrollable, affect whether we meet our goals. This next practice helps us achieve our short-term goals by setting and reviewing SMART learning goals weekly, every week.

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Is Your Network Cloud Ready?

Is your network cloud ready? We at NetCraftsmen, a Cisco Gold Partner, are hearing this question more often. Let’s discuss how to tell if your network is cloud ready, and how to get there if you’re not. Even if your organization already has a public cloud presence, I hope you’ll find some ideas in the following material.

Is Your Network Cloud Ready

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 13. 4G

CiscoChampion2015200PX#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking about 4G with Cisco Systems Engineer, Cellular Wireless Technology, David Mindel.

Listen to the Podcast.

Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE.
See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE.
Learn about the next round of Cisco Champions nominations. EMAIL US.

Cisco SMEs
David Mindel, Systems Engineer, Cellular Wireless Technology

Cisco Champion Guest Hosts
Chris Hildebrandt, @childebrandt42, Network & Collaboration Engineer
Michael O’Nan, @Michael_Onan, Network & Collaboration Engineer

Moderator
Lauren Friedman (@Lauren)

Highlights
What is 4G LTE?
How it relates to IWAN
Use cases for 4G
Hardware used with 4G
Managing incoming connections on 4G
Wow features
Using 4G for last mile network access
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High performance backup storage: Cisco UCS C3160

I don’t know about you, but the thought of using a “server” as a “backup storage” resource may sound a bit odd at first. After this post, you may change your tune. Let’s dig into this a bit.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Cisco UCS Unified Computing line of servers and their associated Fabric Interconnect technologies. Additionally, you may know that there are M-Series, B-Series and C-Series form factors for the various configuration options that are in high demand for the modern data center. Which reminds me, you should check out this PDF poster of all of the current UCS components; it is my go-to resource to see how the different UCS offerings can be arranged and interconnected.

So let’s zoom in on the Cisco UCS C3160. It has a few key specifications that caught the interest of a number of keen architects in my extended professional networks which led to this notion of putting the C3160 in place as high performance and high capacity backup storage system. The most interesting specification is that the C3160 can hold up to 60 small form factor drives. Two additional small form factor SSD drives are in place for the boot volume. What this means is that these 60 drives can be used as a backup storage repository.  RAID levels are available on this configuration as well, in particular the Cisco 12G SAS Modular RAID controller supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5 and 6. I’d recommend RAID level 6 for this large of a storage resource in terms of drive capacity (up to 4 TB) and the sheer number of drives coupled with rebuild times and have some spares in place. That being said, there is easily over 200 TB available for backup storage in one C3160 server. Let’s take the following figure:

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The C3160 provides large amounts of backup storage with excellent connectivity

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 12. 802.11ac Wave 2

CiscoChampion2015200PX#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking about 802.11ac Wave 2 with Cisco Product Marketing Engineer Mark Denny and Cisco Product Marketing Manager Allen Huotari.

Listen to the Podcast.

Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE.
See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE.

Cisco SMEs
Mark Denny, Cisco Product Marketing Engineer
Allen Huotari, Cisco Product Marketing Manager

Cisco Champion Guest Hosts
Stewart Goumans, @WirelessStew, Mobility Consultant
Sam Clements, @samuel_clements, Mobility Practice Manager

Moderator
Lauren Friedman (@Lauren)

Highlights
What is 802.11ac Wave 2 and why it is important?
Multi-user MIMO
Wave 2 and backwards compatibility
Troubleshooting Wireless Networks and Wave 2
Infrastructure and Power Requirements with Wave 2
AC toolbox recommendations
Wave 2 and disabling NCS rates

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