BE A PART OF IT!

In early August, I wrote about excitement around community involvement. To re-cap, throughout my career up until recently, my passion for network engineering was kept mainly to myself. Within the last couple of years I started listening to tech/networking related podcasts and started this blog site earlier this year. This summer, I found a podcastContinue reading “BE A PART OF IT!”

Learning Log – ENCOR Update

As I continue to prepare for the Implementing Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies (350-401 ENCOR) exam, I wanted to give an update. The main reason for this post is to share some small “successes” in an attempt to give you all some encouragement to get out there and learn. I wouldn’t call myself an expertContinue reading “Learning Log – ENCOR Update”

Conversation Starter: What do certs mean to you?

Over the years, I have had an “on again, off again” relationship with IT certifications. I tend to take what I think is a long time to prepare, and I’m not a fan of failing when I have dedicated so much time to preparation. I won’t say that my reasoning for pursuing certifications has changedContinue reading “Conversation Starter: What do certs mean to you?”

Opinion Post: “Intelligent” Direction

When deciding on direction, tools, and ultimately purchases related to IT in an organization, it is very easy to get caught up in trends and buzzwords. Every product and service can quickly become the “next best thing” and you don’t want to be left in the dust, right? I do believe that in order toContinue reading “Opinion Post: “Intelligent” Direction”

Virtual Conferences – A Social Aspect

Last week, I was able to attend a fair amount of the virtual Cisco Live US 2020 event. I wanted to share my thoughts around the social aspect of virtual versus physical conferences. Up until now, I have only attended one Cisco Live US event and that was in Las Vegas in 2017. I rememberContinue reading “Virtual Conferences – A Social Aspect”

Learning Log – VRF

I am currently working toward achieving the CCNP Enterprise certification. I thought it might be fun and interesting (relatively speaking) to create blog posts around some of the topics I am covering throughout my preparation. I recently spent some time going over virtual routing and forwarding (VRF). Up until now, I haven’t had a lotContinue reading “Learning Log – VRF”

Conversation Starter: Route Where You Can, Switch Where You Must?

Disclaimer: There is a fair amount of my opinion in this post. I welcome feedback, especially on anything that doesn’t seem right. When discussing and thinking about campus networking, I go back and forth on where the L2/L3 boundary should be placed. In a traditional three tier architecture of core, distribution, and access, how farContinue reading “Conversation Starter: Route Where You Can, Switch Where You Must?”

Opinion Post: Don’t Forget your Eyesight

When so much effort and pressure are put on designing and implementing strong technology solutions, in my opinion, it’s easy to neglect having visibility into those solutions once they are implemented. While competent design and implementation are important, having access to insight and analytics into the system once the design is in production is justContinue reading “Opinion Post: Don’t Forget your Eyesight”