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How is it working as a network architect?

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John’s Answer

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There's a difference between LAN & WAN architects. The job glam comes from being a WAN guy, because you get to be involved in huge inter-regional, or even inter-continental projects.
Besides having a basic understanding of network architecture/design/planning....it's always good to understand what the internal or external customer is really looking for, especially when it comes to the cost of these networks. Commercially, it may differ quite a bit if you are going with a choice of one vendor over another. Also you will need to know how to build redundancies, which are important for mission-critical use cases.
Best of luck for your career choice. i must say being involved in Networks & Telecommunications was one of my best choices in life.
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Gopal Prasad’s Answer

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To start with I must say working as network architect is great and exiting and it will always keep you with latest and greatest in industry if you are interested to be in Technical field.

Based on the industry, experience and Knowledge role of the Network Architect will differ. Network Architect for Service provider will focus on Transit network, interconnecting across SP, providing the path to reach internet, and providing WAN services.

Network Architect for Enterprise will be focus on LAN/WAN, Large campus, Enterprise Wireless Networking and providing solutions on large remote/branch sites.
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Ken’s Answer

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If you like to build, design, and implement technologies, then you may enjoy network architecture as a career. Network architects tend to be a bit more senior in their field so they've been doing some type of network administration and support position for years. A network architect will be approached to design a network solution for a new environment - so let's say a new Cloud instance to connect to your current environment, or if your company recently acquired another company and you need to make the two networks talk. You will specify what equipment will be needed based on requirements, detail how and where the traffic needs to flow, and usually offer up security options to make your security and compliance team happy. In larger companies, you may not be implementing the solution directly, you may be overseeing a team of network engineers. In smaller companies, you may be doing all of this. Cloud infrastructure has created new technologies and solutions for networking so Network Architects also need to stay current of these technologies and learn how to work with them.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • Check out this free course to get an introduction into networking if you haven't already: https://www.udemy.com/course/introduction-to-networking-for-complete-beginners/
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Dennis’s Answer

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Adding to Ken and Prem's answers.

Networking has something for people interested in both hardware and software. Architects solve a wide range of problems such as how manage traffic on network so users can stream videos, make calls, download apps efficiently. Plus, the IT sector is constantly incorporate the latest automation solution. You can track the top challenges in the IT industry over time (https://www.cio.com/article/3245772/the-12-biggest-issues-it-faces-today.html). Feel free to try some on-line courses on https://challenge.cisco.com/c/r/challenge/index.html, or https://developer.cisco.com/.

All the best.
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Ramprasanth’s Answer

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You will enjoy the knowing actually what is happening in the entire networking technology, it will take some good years of experience for you to become an architect. But once you are in, you will enjoy working with multiple talents and interesting technology in the networking industry.

the role is just awesome, but you have to put all your efforts to learn and become a competent network architect. All the best.
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Prem Shankar’s Answer

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It is just fantastic 😊

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