Dare to Dream a Career in IT Networking?

Loratis brings you an insight of career in IT networking by an IT consultant Mr.Chandrasekhar.

Santosh: Please can you provide some insight on IT Networking?

Chandrasekhar: A network consists of multiple computers connected using some type of interface, each having one or more interface devices such as a Network Interface Card (NIC) and/or a serial device for PPP networking. Each computer is supported by network software that provides the server or client functionality. The hardware used to transmit data across the network is called the media. Normally Cat6 is a cable standard for Gigabit Ethernet and other network protocols that is backward compatible with the Category 5/5e and Category 3 cable standards. It may include copper cable, fiber optic, or wireless transmission.

Santosh: What are the technologies do college graduates being familiar to join Networking?

Chandrasekhar: The fundamental requirements for any students who are looking for networking profession requires basic understanding about Computer Hardware and some basic knowledge on electronics.

And they need be familiar with various operating systems and networking concepts like OSI Model layer to know which all the communication protocols like TCP/IP, UDP, etc are operated on which layers and there functionalities.

Santosh: What are the challenges faced in this domain?

Chandrasekhar: In today’s enterprise world are engaged in 10-Gigabit Ethernet upgrades, migrations from Local Area Network to Wide Area Networking, as well as data center consolidations.

Many companies require WAN connectivity to support connect to there offices world wide to run the business with higher speed connectivity to improve the performance of bandwidth-hungry applications.

Investing on high end servers, high speed backupbones networks and virtualized services, redundancy for services, and network security to prevent from hackers, to fulfill these requirement is a big challenge in the networking domain.

Santosh: Where a fresh graduate does stands in a Networking? (Roles, responsibilities expected and need to perform)

Chandrasekhar: The expectation from the fresh graduate is dedication, learning and clear with the concepts, which will help them to build good foundation on subject. And they should ready to accept the challenges under the supervision of superiors, this give them opportunity to perform responsibilities and learn to get hands on experience, gradually fresh graduates can easily get experienced and he can handle the projects individually.

Santosh: What are the up-coming technologies in networking?

Chandrasekhar: There different networking technologies apart from IP Networking. The growing business needs made to develop the high speed connectivity between the computers for high speed servers and hungry applications which need high performance, etc.

These are the different networking technologies present in the industry to serve different purposes in the data centers.

SAN Storage Area Networking and NAS (Network Attach storage)

Are there any certification courses and does it worth going for it?

Certification has many benefits for the employee, employer and organization. If we take at look at the organizational and employer benefits they include

Lower training costs on employees
Customer satisfaction as the employer does his job properly confidence in customers that a certified professional is looking after their need.
Improved workforce whose skills have been independently validated.
Strong fundamentals in skills and knowledge.

The employee benefits in terms of

Better salaries and bonuses

Career advancement and development is easier

Becomes a valuable member of the organization

Recognition in the industry due to the credentials obtained.

MCSE certification is based on Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows Server systems. The responsibilities performed by a MCSE are installation, configuration and troubleshooting of networking systems. MCSE tracks, which are MCSE on Microsoft Windows 2000 and MCSE on Microsoft Windows Server 2003, include specializations in Messaging and security.

MCSE certificate prepares the student to better their performance in the role of Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Network Integrator and Network Analyst in an enterprise Network that is either LAN or Microsoft based network.

Microsoft MCSE provides the candidate the skills to

Analyze operation requirements of any organization

Design and implement business solutions based on either a Windows Platform or Windows Server Products

CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate): CCNA courses and CCNA certification program is to improve the skills of professionals in the home and small office networking segment.

CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professionals) : CCNP certification is aimed at full-time network or system administrators, or those who work with local and/or wide area network infrastructure. Cisco CCNP is for those who are proficient in installation, configuration and troubleshooting LAN/WANs for enterprise networks can opt for this exam. Those who want to go for CCIE exam can fare better at CCIE if they pass the CCNP. CCNP Cisco course lays emphasis is on topics of security, converged networks, virtual private networks broadband technologies and implementation Quality of Service.

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