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Join co-hosts A.J., Andy, Dan, Tim, Kevin, and our guests as we explore the world of Network Engineering! In each episode, we explore new topics, talk about technology, and interview people in our industry. We peak behind the curtain and get insights into what it's like being a network engineer - and spoiler alert - it's different for everyone! For more information check out our website https://artofnetworkengineering.com | Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram as well @artofneteng | Co-Hosts Twitter Handles: A.J. @noblinkyblinky | Andy @andylapteff | Dan @HowdyPacket | Tim @TimBertino | Kevin @adjacentnode

The Art of Network Engineering A.J., Andy, Dan, Tim, and Kevin

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    • 4.7 • 73 Ratings

Join co-hosts A.J., Andy, Dan, Tim, Kevin, and our guests as we explore the world of Network Engineering! In each episode, we explore new topics, talk about technology, and interview people in our industry. We peak behind the curtain and get insights into what it's like being a network engineer - and spoiler alert - it's different for everyone! For more information check out our website https://artofnetworkengineering.com | Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram as well @artofneteng | Co-Hosts Twitter Handles: A.J. @noblinkyblinky | Andy @andylapteff | Dan @HowdyPacket | Tim @TimBertino | Kevin @adjacentnode

    Ep 143 - 28 - Taylor Harris Returns

    Ep 143 - 28 - Taylor Harris Returns

    This episode was recorded on February 15, 2024.

    When you mix the unpredictability of weather with the ever-evolving world of network engineering, you're in for a whirlwind of a journey, much like Tim's recent snowblower escapade. Join us as we chuckle over that tale and warmly welcome our new mustachioed co-host Kevin, who's made waves as AdjacentNode on TikTok. We're also catching up with the industrious Taylor Harris, whose VMware certification conquests by 24 are just the tip of the iceberg in his impressive career trajectory, as we learned in his previous episode.

    We first met Taylor in episode 6. If you haven't heard that yet go back and give that a listen because this is a follow up episode to see how much further he has come in his career.

    Ever pondered the leap from the comfort of post-sales into the dynamic realm of pre-sales? Taylor Harris gives us the lowdown on his own transition and the unexpected nuances it entails. He expertly walks us through the tightrope walk between hands-on technology involvement and advisory roles, proving that technical chops are indispensable, even in a sales-centric position. Plus, we're diving into the multifaceted life of tech account management, where adaptability is crucial, and Taylor's insight as a pre-sales Solutions Engineer offers invaluable lessons.

    We're rounding off this episode by spinning the yarns of what it takes to be a standout engineer in today's fast-paced tech landscape. Taylor, now a homeowner and engaged, shares his secret sauce for dodging burnout while keeping his tech passion ablaze. We're also speculating on the tantalizing future choices an engineer faces: dive back into the deep end of pure tech work or ride the exhilarating wave of pre-sales? These stories and reflections are packed with wisdom that could spark your next career move or reignite your passion for the field, so tune in and be inspired!

    More From Taylor
    Taylor previous appearance on AONE - Ep 6
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/VirTaylor
    Blog: https://virtualizedtaylor.com/
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    • 48 min
    Ep 142 - David Ruess Journey from Gaming Aspirant to Network Engineering Pro

    Ep 142 - David Ruess Journey from Gaming Aspirant to Network Engineering Pro

    This episode was recorded November 9, 2023.

    From an aspiring video game designer to an accomplished network engineer, David Ruess' tale is one of transformation and tenacity, a story we're ecstatic to share with you. Navigating through the maze of certifications like CCNA and CCNP, David unpacks the treasure trove of advice and experiences that cemented his journey. Join us, your hosts Tim Bertino, Tim McConaughey, and Chris Miles, as we dissect not just the technicalities of network engineering, but the hearty, human connections that shape our professional lives.

    Ever wondered what it takes to conquer the formidable CCIE exam? Brace yourself for a deep dive into the strategies that can make or break your ascent to the elite ranks of network engineering. We don't just talk about the pressures and study tactics; we also celebrate the wins, like the thrill of applying theory to real-world puzzles and the camaraderie found within the walls of NOCs. It's these shared challenges and collective wisdom that create our tight-knit tribe.

    As we wrap up our session with David, we cast an eye towards the future, where the allure of tier-three networking roles calls to us. Our dialogue takes a personal turn as we examine the art of juggling intense study with life's key moments, and the critical support systems needed to cross the finish line. This episode isn't just a glimpse behind the curtain—it's a heartfelt testament to the dedication, passion, and sense of community that fuels the fire of network engineers everywhere.

    More from David:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kangarues



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    • 50 min
    Ep 141 - TikTok Creator and Network Engineer - AdjacentNode

    Ep 141 - TikTok Creator and Network Engineer - AdjacentNode

    The episode was recorded February 8th, 2024.

    Ever wondered how a network engineer's career trajectory weaves through the fabric of IT? Buckle up and join us as we unpack the personal stories of transformation and growth in the network engineering landscape. With AJ starting his new position as a Demo Architect at Zscaler and Andy stretching his wings as a Technical Marketing Engineer, we're diving headfirst into how networking smarts blend with new roles in security and tech marketing. Guest star Kevin, balancing public sector network engineering with TikTok fame, gives us a glimpse of how one navigates the complexities of modern IT careers, while Tim sheds light on the training that's powering his journey as a  newly minted Sales Engineer at Cisco.

    We learn what sparked Kevin's journey into becoming a TikTok creator and what motivates to continue spreading the word on Network Engineering.

    Are certifications the golden tickets they once were? Let's find out together as we share tales from the trenches—like configuring firewalls sans experience and the intense camaraderie of NOC shifts during holidays. Hear how Kevin's pivot from web design to networking ignited his passion, leading to a CCNA and beyond. We also spar over the continuing relevance of certifications like the CCNP, while coming together in agreement on their potential to open doors, especially in partner-driven professional environments.

    Finally, as the tech landscape shifts beneath our feet, we explore the future of our field. Will the march of automation and AI spell the end of traditional networking, or is it just another layer to master? We debate the tangibility of physical labs against the allure of virtual environments and muse over how content creation and personal brand cultivation can create unexpected career opportunities. And, despite the tech-heavy discussion, we never underestimate the power of soft skills—because, at the end of the day, it's all about making connections (pun intended).

    More from Kevin:
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adjacentnode
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinnanns
    Blog: https://adjacentnode.com/
    Find everything AONE right here: https://linktr.ee/artofneteng

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep 140 - Breaking Down Barriers in Network Automation for Engineers with Danny Wade

    Ep 140 - Breaking Down Barriers in Network Automation for Engineers with Danny Wade

    This episode was recorded November 2, 2023.

    Discover the fusion of innovation and expertise as Danny Wade, whose enthusiasm for network automation rivals his hoop dreams. We kick things off with a jocular exchange and dive into our own tech sagas, which evolved from household tech wizard to a networking aficionado at Blue Ally. Our conversation is a testament to the symbiotic relationship between academic learning and practical experience, all while navigating the complexities of enterprise networking.

    Embark on a journey through the intricacies of network automation as we unwrap the benefits of Cisco DevNet's sandboxes and dissect the importance of starting with read-only tasks when automating network actions. The dialogue then takes an informative turn, examining the juxtaposition of automation within enterprise environments and cloud infrastructures. We analyze the effectiveness of tools like Terraform and the slow yet steady shift towards standardized programmable interfaces, providing a blueprint for those at the crossroads of legacy methods and the new wave of API-driven approaches.

    As the episode unfolds, we address the elephant in the room: the daunting leap into network automation for traditional network engineers. Sharing candid advice and relatable challenges, we emphasize the power of starting small with Python and Ansible, building up to more complex automation tasks. We also celebrate the craft of technical literature creation, offering encouragement to those aspiring to enrich the network automation knowledge base. So strap in, join the conversation, and elevate your networking game!

    More from Danny:
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/devnetdan
    Blog - https://devnetdan.com/
    Find everything AONE right here: https://linktr.ee/artofneteng

    • 52 min
    Ep 139 - Doug Madory, The Man Who can See the Internet

    Ep 139 - Doug Madory, The Man Who can See the Internet

    This episode was recorded October 26, 2023

    Ever wonder what it's like to navigate the high-stakes world of military network engineering or to become an authority on the internet's most complex systems? This time around, Doug Madory, of Kentik, joins us to unravel his remarkable journey from the precision of military networks to the forefront of BGP analysis. Alongside Doug, we reminisce about the invaluable in-person connections forged at networking events like the Network User Group meetings driven by the US Network User Association, underscoring the irreplaceable sense of community and collaboration they foster.

    Prepare for an eye-opening conversation that ventures into the depths of geopolitical tech intrigue, as Doug shares how his career has intersected with pivotal global events. From recounting the adrenaline of managing deployable radar systems in Italy to analyzing the ripple effects of government-induced internet shutdowns, his stories shine a light on the critical role of technology in international affairs. The episode isn't just about the tales of one man's career; it's a broader exploration of how BGP data collection and analysis are vital to understanding and securing the global digital landscape.

    The digital seas are treacherous, and as Doug discusses the strategic importance of internet resilience, especially in conflict zones like Ukraine, we gain a profound appreciation for the unsung heroes keeping our connections alive. From the mysterious sabotage of submarine cables to the promise of a more connected future through initiatives like Starlink, this episode is a deep dive into the infrastructure that underpins our modern world. Join us for an enthralling discussion regarding the internet's complexities, cybersecurity frontlines, and the ongoing battle for global connectivity.

    More from Doug
    https://twitter.com/DougMadory
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/dougmadory/
    Links discussed during the show:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2014/08/06/the-man-who-can-see-the-internet/
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2023/06/30/satellite-hacked-russian-military/
    https://www.kentik.com/blog/the-mystery-of-as8003/
    https://www.submarinecablemap.com/
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ep 138 - Navigating the Convergence of IoT Security in Network Engineering

    Ep 138 - Navigating the Convergence of IoT Security in Network Engineering

    This episode was recorded on September 28, 2023.

    This episode is a warm blend of personal reflections and deep dives into the world of network engineering, where laughter and learning go hand in hand. 

    The digital frontier is expanding, and with it, the universe of IoT devices that touch every corner of our lives. From tracking wayward pets to revolutionizing agriculture, we traverse the intricate balance between the allure of smart technology and the vigilance needed to secure it. Join us as we exchange tales from the front lines, illustrating how the convenience of connected gadgets intertwines with the pressing need to safeguard our digital homesteads. 

    Our conversation takes a turn towards the pressing issues of IoT security and the burgeoning role of AI in monitoring these devices. Navigating the choppy waters of enterprise environments, we unpack the strategies to protect non-domain-joinable equipment and wrestle with the shadow IoT lurking in our networks. Plus, we delve into the ways AI is enhancing our capabilities to predict severe weather and monitor critical systems. Grab a cup of your favorite brew and settle in for a journey that’s as much about the heart of networking as it is about the hard-wiring.
    Find everything AONE right here: https://linktr.ee/artofneteng

    • 53 min

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