Jan
08
I have learned that by using and implementing best practices, I can keep the department aligned with the overall company strategy. It also makes it easier for other managers, directors and higher level management to buy into the vision and goals for the Information Technology Department as they see how it fits easily into the overall company strategy. There are many best practices in the Information Technology field and it is up to you, as the Certified Information Professional, to use your... Read More
Jan
02
Once upon a time, there were networks and network engineers, but programmers came and took over the field… actually, I am just kidding. Networks and network engineers still exist and they will never go away, however, they are definitely not going to be the same. I remember that terminologies such as Software Defined Networking (SDN), OpenFlow, and OpenDaylight started to pop up around my work environment in late 2013 and even though initially there were just these 3 terminologies, they did... Read More
Dec
24
When a company migrates to Azure, the normal network diagram consists of Azure being treated as an extension of the main Datacenter and keeping all the branches and other locations connected with the Datacenter as the hub. However, is this the best method for your company? Until recently it was only possible to have a limited number of connections in Azure via the VPN Gateway, with an aggregate speed too low for more than a small number of connections. ExpressRoute still remains a great option... Read More
Dec
17
  Big Blue Buys Red Hat It was October 28th that IBM announced its intended purchase of Red Hat. What we will try to discover is, if merging red into blue produces a purple downpour or if raspberry berets will be the new millinery of choice.   Prowling IBM Firstly, this purchase should not have been too much of a surprise. IBM has been looking at this type of purchase for many years. Initially, IBM showed an interest in the purchase of SUSE by Novell in 2004. Not only had IBM been stalking... Read More
Dec
05
Have you wondered why your tablet, computer, Xbox, PS4 or streaming TV is getting disconnected from your home network? Have you met that person who claims they can fix your home network and all they do is reset everything? Why does that only work sometimes? Becoming a certified technology professional will help you understand the answers to your “why” questions. You will also learn “how.” Sometimes, the “how” answer includes resetting equipment involved in the information technology... Read More
Nov
27
Every day we are bombarded with articles relating to the latest security breach and how cyber-crime is an ever-increasing market for the unscrupulous among us. While it is always hard to apportion blame in these instances; security is very much like an onion, being many layered. The more layers that you have, the less likely you are to cry. Let’s take a look at three external security layers that we can wrap around our application or service. Service/Application account: The security context in... Read More
Nov
13
It is undeniable that Artificial Intelligence and Automation are in the minds of the public. With major corporations such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft making the news on their artificial-intelligence research and products, and personalities such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking holding interviews warning of an A.I. apocalypse, it's no wonder people are talking about it. Read More
Nov
06
Many people think that the network is static just like the roads they drive to work on, always physically there and never changing or improving. Like a road handles all types of vehicles, our network needs to be fast enough to handle high-speed traffic applications, such as video streaming and video conferencing, while also being robust enough to handle extra-large data files for everything from documents, to 3D printing, to CNC machine instructions. Our network needs to work with small IoT... Read More
Oct
30
IT Automation has been a hot topic for the last few years. As network engineers, we are no stranger to the disruption known as network automation that has rocked the industry and turned its head upside down. Read More
Oct
24
As an administrator myself I am well aware of the challenges that you will face trying to decide where and how to start coding. We are more than aware of the need to code: Accelerating repetitive tasks Ensuring accuracy of the task and it being repeatedly correct Delegating administrative tasks Sharing of tools Running commands across many systems simultaneously Linux is a great platform on which to begin writing code, therefore the need for developers and administrators in Linux is high. Linux... Read More

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