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What kind of networking should I do to be a computer network architect?

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I am working on getting a career as a Computer Network Architect. I wanted to know who would be good to know so I can get a head start. #architect #computer #computernetworkarchitect #computernetwork #networking

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Govindaraaj’s Answer

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Hi Mikayla, your query seems too generic and bit tricky to answer as there are several network vertical now a days like, routing & switching, Security, Collaboration, Service provider, Cloud, cyber security, Wireless, Data Center, etc.. Especially in the current demand, it has more sub verticals too.

Network Architects role generally involves in designing, implementing networking solutions for technical and non-technical organisations. You shall go through these verticals from the below link,

Cisco Certification Path : https://www.cisco.com/c/en_in/training-events/training-certifications/certifications.html.

You shall choose either one of the track of your choice or the one which suits your skill set and purse it to be a Architect in that particular track, else you shall also try to acquire all tracks and become a one-stop, Network Architect serving millions of networking solutions. Please remember, it's a long journey and would take years and years.

To Kick start you shall start with good and deep understanding of Desktop Architecture as most network devices are designed in similar way and proceed with initial networking concepts, certifications, etc.. You shall also opt to choose your degree program to help your dream journey.

Wishing you all success for your journey..

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Nisha’s Answer

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Hi Mikayla,

You have to decide which area of Networking you want to specialize in.

A Network Architect's responsibility is to put together the overall design of a network. These Architects will usually communicate with customers about their networking needs and propose a solution that will "fit" and/or enhance their current IT environment. The Network Architect role is a higher level than my current role, which is Network Engineer. A Network Architect will need to have solid knowledge, skills, and understanding of the architecture that is relevant to the technology that he/she specializes in (for me, it is Voice Networking/VOIP).

There are different type of Network Engineers, so an architect is an advanced Engineer with expert level knowledge in that area of Network Engineering. This will come after many years of experience in the field. The Network Architect will design the solution, but the Engineer will build/implement it.

The type of Engineer depends on what you would like to have expertise in : Data Center, Collaboration/Voice, Security (Firewalls), Servers, CyberSecurity, Routing & Switching.

You should begin by:

  1. Get formal education in IT Networking (Research community college programs and Cisco Network Academy www.netacad.com
  2. Acquire certification in your area of interest in IT Networking (start with a CCNA certification https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/training-events/training-certifications/certifications.html
  3. Now you can look for a job in IT Networking

Nisha recommends the following next steps:

  • Get formal education in IT Networking (Research community college programs and Cisco Network Academy www.netacad.com
  • Acquire certification in your area of interest in IT Networking (start with a CCNA certification https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/training-events/training-certifications/certifications.html
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Piyush’s Answer

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You have to start with network basics. Learn them and go for certification. Also you need to learn various technologies like security, VoIP, understanding of application architecture, firewall and loadbalancers in addition to routing and switching. Plus now that networks are software defined networks, you should learn scripting as well. Long way to go but it's an interesting journey. All the best.

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Dhruv’s Answer

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Hi , being  computer network architect is long journey . you need to know how things arr working in networking to start with for 2-3 years initially. After that you can pick some design and implementation projects for 4-5 years . you can then do some architect level expert certification in order to become computer network architect . This journey will require minimum of 10 years of professional experience.

Dhruv recommends the following next steps:

  • Follow this link to see more https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/training-events/training-certifications/certifications/architect/ccar.html
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Huzefa’s Answer

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Hello Mikayla,

For a work as a computer network architect you would be required to design the network which includes connectivity of all network equipment in correct manner. You would be required to have good knowledge on networking protocol and the configuration of various network devices. You would first need understand the business requirement like what servers application requires and accordingly you will have to design the network.

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Monal’s Answer

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Hi Mikayla, In order to be a network architect, you can start with a basic Networking course like CCNA inorder to have network understanding and various devices/protocols/technology involved. Then as per your interest you can further master in the technology which holds your interest.


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