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September 2016 Vol 7 / No. 7

From the 3G-to-4G transition to SDN, network pro rises to the challenge

Network engineer Ha Lam doesn't shy away from a challenge. After serving more than seven years in the U.S. Army, she went to work for a service provider based in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she helped build cell towers during the 3G-to-4G transition. After tiring of the too-hot summers and too-cold winters in Little Rock, she headed west. With an eye on making the move from provider to enterprise, Lam achieved Routing and Switching CCNA and CCNP certifications before getting a job at Westfield Corporation, a Los Angeles-based shopping center company with dozens of retail properties in the United States and United Kingdom. In her work for Westfield, Lam is now helping tackle a major data center overhaul as the company embraces software-defined networking with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). In this edition of The Subnet, Lam shares her experiences meeting new challenges in the midst of major changes: from the 3G-to-4G transition in the provider space, to the SDN revolution in the enterprise. Note: This interview ...

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