Network engineer News
January 12, 2017
This week, bloggers look into network device configuration, the tools the next generation of network engineers will require and security scalability.
March 16, 2016
In this week's blogs roundup, an engineer argues that network engineers shouldn't all become network programmers, and a blogger says Cisco's Enterprise NFV will help simplify branch offices.
October 29, 2015
In this week's blog roundup, analysts explore network architect challenges, e-commerce delivery and HP's failed effort to remain relevant in the cloud.
June 01, 2015
Network engineering jobs have moved from crimping cable to managing traffic between VMs. Software-everything means another seismic shift. Is the network engineer still relevant?
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After years at a provider -- where she helped install cell towers during the 3G-to-4G transition -- an Army-trained network engineer tackles a new challenge in the enterprise: SDN. Continue Reading
Network engineers who have focused primarily on honing their routing and switching skills say having limited network security training is no longer adequate. Continue Reading
Network engineers have long suffered the consequences of slow provisioning times for many traditional wide area network (WAN) connections like point-to-point T1 lines or MPLS networks. They're at the mercy of carriers that can take as long as three months to install these services.
It's a longtime challenge that has, actually, not gotten worse over time. Provisioning lead times has gradually shortened over the years.
But, as we explore in this issue of Network Evolution, enterprises today are feeling the consequences of these delays more acutely. That's because IT departments are under increased pressure to make sure their infrastructure is agile and dynamic in the face of ever-changing demands. Real-time provisioning in other areas of IT, such as server virtualization, has also exposed the WAN as an obstruction to innovation at times.
In this issue’s cover story, we speak with network engineers who make sure they're always ready with a "plan B" if the business' needs are outpacing the time it takes to install a new WAN circuit or add more bandwidth to an existing one. Meanwhile, carriers are getting serious about using software-defined networking (SDN) to reduce WAN provisioning times. We talk to one service provider that claims customers in its SDN pilot program can adjust bandwidth on a WAN circuit with a few clicks -- without any human intervention from the carrier -- and see the changes live on their network within minutes.
Also in this issue, we look at an emerging trend around video conferencing analytics -- a capability that some enterprises use to get the most out of their video conferencing deployments. These tools look at usage and performance of video equipment, cluing in IT professionals as to whether a dedicated video conferencing room might be better off as an all-purpose conference room, or vice versa.
Finally, this issue of Network Evolution dives into the wireless networking skills gap that many engineers face, due to the lack of wireless-intensive training in college-level IT courses and similar settings. And as wireless becomes a pervasive and primary means of connectivity for more enterprises, network engineers need the right skills to keep up. Continue Reading
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Too much information? No such thing. Engineer James Ott says network monitoring tool PRTG allows him to anticipate device failures before they occur. Continue Reading
It can take one to three months to install a private WAN connection at a new branch office. For many enterprises, that’s just not acceptable anymore. Continue Reading
Virtualization and storage spark fears of a new era of black box opaqueness for today's network engineers. But hope remains. Continue Reading