What are the exact responsibilities of a system engineer and network administrator? Are they any different?
The responsibilities of a system engineer and network administrator are not as clear cut as they were as little as five years ago. Today, most IT systems thrive on... ...convergence of technologies. VoIP is a very popular example of how two distinct technologies (voice and data) are no longer divergent. Similarly, systems rely heavily on networking, and networking is useless without systems so, in essence, the two are so interdependent that the job responsibilities for system and network administrators greatly overlap. The only major difference is that system administrators specialize more in the nature of operating systems, applications, and the computers that run the OS. Network admins specialize more in routers and switches and understanding how traffic flows through an internetwork.
Dig deeper on Network Administration
Related Q&A from Retired Expert - David Minutella
Learn in depth details about the cost and logistics of how and where to take the two part CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) exam.continue reading
Get advice on which wireless networking certificate to pursue after completing a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) course, from our expert ...continue reading
Understand how a CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) security certificate can aid you in pursuing a career in network security from our Cisco ...continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.