Networking careers and certifications
- August 09, 2018
When it comes to SDN careers and training, the impetus is on vendors, enterprises and individual network professionals to create and pursue training and certification opportunities.
- May 24, 2018
New IDC survey on digital transformation's effects on future IT staffing outline technology trends affecting IT hiring and 20 roles that emphasize need for expanded skill sets.
- April 11, 2018
MEF worked with The Linux Foundation and ETSI to develop an NFV and SDN certification to focus on related knowledge and skills. Meantime, MEF published specs for its Presto APIs.
- June 08, 2017
The latest Cisco recertification program adds continuing education as an option to keeping the CCIE and CCDE current. But the cost of courses will make the offering expensive.
- May 24, 2017
An engineer criticizes how Cisco handled the abrupt cancellation of the CCDE exam; find out why WannaCry will continue to reap despair.
- April 21, 2017
The ONUG Spring 2017 conference includes sessions with market-leading cloud providers, like Amazon and Microsoft, addressing barriers to enterprise cloud adoption.
- April 07, 2017
The latest Cisco certification programs are for IT professionals working with the vendor's Digital Network Architecture.
- January 17, 2017
Cisco certification changes, effective in January, mean trainees will need to focus more on data center and analytics topics.
- December 01, 2016
From teaching Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 to taking on a major SD-WAN technology deployment: Senior engineer Phil Gervasi shares the major career pivot that brought him to networking.
- November 01, 2016
When traditional voice engineering went the way of the dinosaurs, many of its practitioners had to evolve.
- October 03, 2016
Despite old school ways, academic tides slowly turn in SDN's favor -- as textbooks and instructors recognize network programming is here to stay.
- August 10, 2016
This week, bloggers look into enterprise network architect qualifications, Oracle's cloud game plan and how companies view insider threats versus threats inside.
- June 07, 2016
From the SDN blogosphere: One network pro says coding will prove critical in the network engineering careers of tomorrow; another shares advice on software-defined security.
- May 18, 2016
Cisco announces a CCNA update for routing and switching designed to embrace virtualization and SDN in training and testing.
- April 01, 2016
Behind every great application is a great network, and this is especially true for the Internet of Things. Its futuristic use cases often sound like something out of a science-fiction movie, and it takes a fast, reliable and March 25, 2016 25 Mar'16
The software-defined networking blogosphere is a vibrant space, with regular postings from analysts, engineers and programmers. Here are some of the top SDN blogs to follow.
- March 25, 2016
In this SDN blogs roundup, a networking pro shares advice for engineers heading to Interop, and another argues that SDN and automation are separate and distinct concepts.
- 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.
- January 15, 2016
Many network engineers position themselves as specialists, but one SDN blogger says it's time to stop. Also in this blog roundup: network resolutions and predictions for 2016.
- June 02, 2015
No enterprise is immune to disaster. Whether it's a burst water main or a Category 1 hurricane, there are a number of scenarios that could prevent employees from coming to the office and using the applications and tools they rely on to do their jobs...
- 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?
- June 01, 2015
Juniper announces a new network design training and certification program, while AT&T issues a network design challenge for students.
- May 01, 2015
The perceived IT shortage of talent may be exaggerated; natural biases and hiring processes seem to be ruling out appropriate candidates.
- January 23, 2015
In this week's SDN blog roundup, experts are looking at new IT certifications, pet peeves about open source, and why NFV has to take off this year.
- December 22, 2014
Cisco would like to set the record straight -- it is taking SDN training seriously. SDN is not yet part of the core CCIE curriculum, but Cisco says SDN and programmability specialty courses will prepare certified engineers.
- October 09, 2014
While networking pros are happy with their compensation, they also want to keep their skills current by working with new technology.
- October 07, 2014
Network pros will need to look further than traditional vendor certifications if they want to build and manage SDN and programmable infrastructure.
- September 25, 2014
Cisco Modeling Labs is a network simulator that uses real IOS images. Engineers can design, test and troubleshoot networks in software.
- September 16, 2014
With its SDN certification program, the ONF aims to set a standard for engineers to have a broad, foundational understanding of SDN technology and concepts.
- September 04, 2014
VMware says future NSX certifications establish the beginning of a network virtualization career path for network and server pros alike.
- August 01, 2014
Cisco launched a bevy of new career certifications, including a CCNP update and training in industrial networking, network programmability and IT-business interaction.
- August 01, 2014
Traditional approaches to network security are no longer sufficient to combat today's advanced threats. Attacks now target users and applications, and experts say an approach called context-aware security is essential to the defense. That's because ...
- July 30, 2014
With the DevNet community, Cisco hopes network engineers and developers will build software on top of its APIs. Network engineers could find a DevOps future there.
- July 21, 2014
With SDN and DevOps, IT teams will shift control of the network to collaborative teams of virtualization, server, application and network pros. This will shrink network teams and force network pros to reposition themselves.
- June 03, 2014
Network engineers predict the FCC's proposed Net neutrality rules won't work. The public may have to reclaim the Internet's last mile.
- June 03, 2014
In debating Net neutrality, the FCC needs to recognize that Internet service providers are both utilities and monopolies, network engineers say.
- May 15, 2014
With more men continuing to outnumber women in IT careers, new campaigns launch to boost the visibility of tech careers as an option for women.
- May 08, 2014
Aruba introduced the Mobility Academy, a curriculum for wireless networking classes to help fill the mobility gap in computer science education.
- April 10, 2014
Two TechTarget editors reflect on Interop's panel and luncheon on gender and tech careers.
- April 08, 2014
Improving IT culture starts by communicating often with different departments and marketing their services to their end users.
- April 03, 2014
The age of fabrication provides lessons for IT departments to create innovative products to drive business and make their department stand out.
- April 02, 2014
Interop keynote panelists tackled the importance of SDN automation and abstraction, as well as common challenges regarding SDN deployment.
- February 04, 2014
Vendor certifications come in many different flavors. What's the best route for engineers who want to advance their careers?
- January 29, 2014
Networking blogs: This week VMware becomes a top player in mobile device management and analysts predict the future of enterprise engineering.
- January 23, 2014
Cisco's revision of the CCNP Security certification curriculum will teach engineers how to do their jobs rather than master devices.
- January 22, 2014
Cisco report finds a deficit of pros in IT security careers, and further expertise is needed to arm networks against sophisticated cyberattacks.
- November 26, 2013
In this week's networking blog, analysts write about Cisco's Data Center exam and Amazon's new suite of enterprise-oriented Web services.
- November 20, 2013
VMware NSX could bring network virtualization under the management of system admins, or it could alter the network admin role. Which will it be?
- November 18, 2013
SDN brings flexibility to networking, but this will require engineers to gain new skills in order to fill the emerging role of network programmer.
- October 31, 2013
We have public, private and hybrid clouds. What does this mean for in-house IT departments? Will the cloud make enterprise jobs evaporate?
- August 20, 2013
Cisco's plan to lay off another 4,000 employees, even as its profitability and market share dominance hold, reflects a changing networking market.
- August 09, 2013
Say bye to information technology. Say hello to enterprise technology. So says Nemertes Research President Johna Till Johnson. In a discussion highlighting Nemertes' 2013-2014 Enterprise Technology ...
- August 08, 2013
Challenges exists among developing SDN course content focused on the OpenFlow protocol and vendor certifications in networking education.
- July 31, 2013
Georgia Tech's Nick Feamster speaks with SearchSDN about the challenges associated with developing the first-ever college-level SDN course.
- July 17, 2013
In the new world of software-based networking and virtualization, network admins may need to drop their CLI skills and focus on programming.
- July 03, 2013
F5 Networks and the University of Phoenix team up for vendor-neutral application delivery controller training.
- June 27, 2013
In this week's blog roundup, get CCIE exam study tips, find out how CISOs can keep control of IT, and learn more about integrating overlay networking.
- May 30, 2013
Enterprises are no longer investing in IT or systems training. Smart IT professionals will take it upon themselves to get the training they need.
- May 15, 2013
The Wi-Fi Alliance certification program continue to expand as more devices, applications and users rely on Wi-Fi for connectivity.
- May 13, 2013
Networking vendors at Interop 2013 discuss the changing role of the network administrator.
- May 06, 2013
Cisco's annual IT global study finds that IT and corporate goals are becoming more aligned, but that some IT execs still feel disconnected.
- April 24, 2013
With Active Fabric, Dell delivers a converged fabric for data centers where server and storage admins call the shots.
- March 26, 2013
Cisco made changes to its CCNA program to help admins become voice, wireless and security specialists faster.
- February 04, 2013
In this networking blog roundup bloggers discuss VMware-Nicira network virtualization, the impact of the Open Compute project and their hopes for VDI.
- January 24, 2013
One blogger In this networking blog roundup lists SDN startups, another gives IOS CLI tips and one demands that Cisco improve the CCIE portal login.
- December 13, 2012
Software-defined networking is great in theory, but now it's time to take products to the streets. SDN sales will be driven by a strong channel.
- December 07, 2012
Network engineer job satisfaction is driven more by intellectual challenge than big money, according to TechTarget's IT Salary Survey 2012.
- May 31, 2012
Cisco Systems has enhanced its online lab environment, Cisco Learning Labs to make it more user-friendly. It has also enhanced the environment to allow networking pros to practice certain tasks ...
- May 10, 2012
LAS VEGAS -- As I was ambling toward an 8 a.m. meeting at Interop 2012 this week, I noticed a young woman dressed rather provocatively. She took the escalator just ahead of me and her appearance ...
- April 13, 2012
One virtualization architect explains the miscommunications between systems and network engineers and how his teams worked together toward managing virtualization more effectively.
- April 12, 2012
Cisco's mysterious ConnectedApps team is hiring OpenFlow and software-defined networking (SDN) pros to build an SDK that opens up Cisco gear to SDN.
- April 05, 2012
With its new CCIE Data Center certification, Cisco offers training that allows network engineers to work across IT silos.
- January 09, 2012
According Foote Partners LLC, the technology labor market analysis firm, the United States added IT jobs in 2011, but companies are looking for a different kind of IT worker than they were in the ...
- December 22, 2011
Transitioning to a virtualized network can be challenging for network engineers, despite the advantages. Understand these top five virtualization problems and how to handle them.
- December 22, 2011
Network engineers are so busy dealing with intrusion prevention and firewalling that they forget about physical security breaches. Blogger Ethan Banks has some advice.
- December 22, 2011
The Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) protocol could mean the ability to spin off many more VLANs across dispersed data centers. So why does blogger Ivan Pepelnjak take issue?
- December 22, 2011
OpenFlow controllers can result in a new level of granular network management and network virtualization on top of commodity hardware, but vendors will have to step out of the way.
- December 22, 2011
Network bloggers have a lot to say, but do we care? We should. In the top ten network blogger opinions of 2011, our experts poke holes in TRILL, OpenFlow and 10 GbE optimization.
- December 14, 2011
At USENIX LISA 2011, a session on women in information technology raised eyebrows and questions. If the industry favors men, how do we achieve equality in the workplace?
- December 08, 2011
A conversation in an online forum during the Women in Tech session at the Large Installation System Administration (LISA) 2011 conference in Boston this week may have summed up the reason for ...
- May 25, 2011
Juniper's Junosphere and Cisco Learning Labs offer broader access to network gear firmware, but engineers want something they can run locally, much like illicit router emulator software.
- April 21, 2011
The Rocky Mountain IPv6 Summit gives attendees IPv6 training on how to transition to the new protocol. Learn where to find IPv6 classes and other conferences in 2011.
- December 15, 2010
In our review of top networking news of 2010, see how we covered the rise of the multi-vendor network, major changes in data center networks and security, the emergence of ubiquitous wireless LAN and the challenges networking pros face in building ...
- October 19, 2010
Which Interop New York technology trends are ripe and which are hype? Interop New York experts will be discussing, virtualization, converged data center networks, cloud computing, and the all-wireless enterprise, but only some of these technologies ...
- September 30, 2010
Network labs in the home or in the office are essential to building your networking skills. If you want a strong network engineer resume, you need access to a network lab full of routers and switches.
- July 23, 2010
When I set out to write about Cisco's new CCIE Emeritus program a few weeks ago, I spoke to three CCIE-certified engineers, all at different stages of their career, to get a variety of perspectives ...
- June 23, 2010
CCIE recertification can be onerous for high-level engineers who no longer have hands-on technology roles. Cisco's CCIE Emeritus program offers these veterans the opportunity to stay connected to the program without having to obtain CCIE ...
- May 28, 2010
Networking jobs increasingly require soft skills including business experience and stronger interpersonal skills, as well as certifications.
- May 27, 2010
Braindumps, testkings, proxy testers and collusion -- the methods that people use to cheat on network certification exams hurt the reputation of Cisco certifications and other vendor training programs. But networking pros who put in the necessary ...
- February 10, 2010
As interest grows around cloud computing, networking pros may fear their jobs will become a casualty. But the cloud poses little threat to IT job security for network and systems admins who adapt.
- February 03, 2010
Users are breaking their silence about widespread but illicit use of Cisco IOS emulators without software licenses in home labs now that Cisco Systems' latest version of its operating system, IOS 15, threatens to crack down on them.
- January 28, 2010
Cisco certification expert David Minutella explains whether IT networking pros will be affected by upcoming changes this year in this 2010 prediction piece.
- January 27, 2010
This 2010 prediction, from our IT training and certification expert, answers 'What computer networking questions should you ask yourself to advance your career?' in this podcast.
- January 25, 2010
We’ve heard all of the reasons why enterprises will move toward a cloud computing model (for networking read: less network to manage for better performing apps and accessible storage, plus simpler ...
- December 23, 2009
Are you looking for a top 10 list of networking industry issues? Then look no further. Get the best of 2009's computer networking advice from our enterprise IT expert panel, and learn answers to questions that spoke to the year's most prevalent ...
- December 17, 2009
Learn which computer networking questions will help you plan your corporate IT budget. Our panel of experts reveal 2010 predictions which highlight trends to keep an eye for this year.
- June 30, 2009
With its new Cisco Certified Architect program, Cisco has introduced a new pinnacle Cisco certification for network engineers. With the new certification on their resumes, networking professionals will demonstrate that they understand the business ...
- June 24, 2009
Network management vendor SolarWinds has introduced its SolarWinds Certified Professional program, a network management training and certification program that tests networking pros more on management fundamentals than on the vendor's products
- June 18, 2009
Network engineering careers and network administration careers aren't what they used to be. Networking professionals aren't just moving packets and enabling IP access, they're expected to deliver reliable applications and services. This has created ...
- May 21, 2009
While walking the expo floor at Interop Las Vegas this week, I was pleasantly relieved to see that the gloomy economy has not dampened the spirits of the networking industry. Although I have heard ...