There are lots of ways to make sure your business can run on a cloud without the need for a lot of hardware, software, or bandwidth.
With the advent of cloud computing, however, there’s now an easier way to get a network engineer, or NNE, out there in your business.
“I think the key to getting an NNE is you need to find a job that’s really exciting, and you need a place that you can be able to grow,” says John Pritchard, senior vice president of operations for networking company Cisco Systems.
“You need a job where you’re really going to grow.
You need to be really comfortable with the idea of your team working together and your network being able to support that.”
Pritcher and his peers in the networking industry have come up with a list of four things they look for when hiring an Nne.
“It’s a lot more about being a great team player,” Pritchers says.
“That’s what you have to have.”
In addition to being able for your team to thrive in the cloud, an NNA also has to be able the team to get on board with new technology.
“They need to know what the technology is, what the business is doing,” Pritzers says.
A good network engineer can also have the experience of being on a team.
“We want to see the leader of the team, or the CTO, or someone who’s a leader in the company, being the one who is able to lead the team,” Pregen says.
The key is to be proactive, Priters says, and look for the NNE who can contribute to your team.
Network engineers can also bring the same kind of skills that an NRE can bring to a project, such as being able do technical analysis.
Pritners says he thinks there are a lot in common between the two roles.
“Network engineers are typically people who know how to understand what the system is doing, how to connect to the system, how much bandwidth is used, how fast the network is moving, and so on,” he says.
And network engineers are also more familiar with the capabilities of different hardware and software, Pregens adds.
The last thing to look for in a NNE job is experience.
“There are some networks out there that will pay you $100,000 to $150,000 a year, and that’s not good,” he adds.
“Some of those networks are going to be very expensive, but you have got to know a lot about the technology, and have that knowledge in order to be a good NNE.”
Network engineering can also be a rewarding career.
“An NNE should have the ability to be creative, because that’s what they’re looking for,” Pries says.
But the skills they can bring are not necessarily all that common among NNEs.
“If you’re a network administrator or a systems administrator, you’re going to have to be in the trenches,” Prys says.
In fact, there are some roles that require the NRE to be involved in a lot, or even all, of the technical aspects of the business, Pries adds.
For example, in the case of a software engineering position, you have a lot to learn about how to build software, so you need the ability and ability to manage systems, Prys adds.
And if the network engineering job is a lot like an engineering job, there will be a lot that goes into that.
“The NNE can be very responsible for some of the infrastructure and the software that goes with that,” Pryds says.
There are also other requirements, such a network management, such the ability of network engineers to understand how to handle the data center and the physical network infrastructure.
Network management is also something that NNE candidates must have experience with, so the skills required to be an NNIE include knowledge of network management tools, such networking tools, as well as the ability in working with a lot or all of the network.
“These are the skills that will enable you to be successful,” Prisons says.
If you’re looking to hire an NNF, be sure to put yourself on the list, because networking skills are often the only way to make the leap from network engineering to NNNE.