The future of the Network Engineer

As any engineer or follower of the world of networking knows, SDN is a prevalent topic with regards to the future of networking. Pretty much since I started hearing about SDN concepts and how they apply our the industry, people have been asking, and people have been trying to answer the question: What does this mean for the network engineers of today? And the real answer obviously is nobody knows for sure. Undoubtedly our jobs will change, but nobody can put a date on a calendar saying when the job you have now will be irrelevant. As many people have said before me: change is the constant in the world of technology.

With all of this mind, I was looking through the session catalog for this year’s Cisco Live U.S. There are many sessions addressing Cisco’s specific solution for the general concept of SDN–Application Centric Infrastructure. There are also some sessions on other areas of the SDN spectrum, devops and openstack are two other topics I saw. There is also a session on the changing role of the engineer. I think this might be interesting to see where Cisco thinks the role of the engineer is going versus what else has been written.

BRKCRT-1601 –¬†Evolution of the Job Roles with Introduction of Open NetworksNetwork Programmability is changing the way IT professionals are operating and how applications can be integrated into the infrastructure. Learn how Cisco is addressing the challenges and opportunities of creating the new workorce facing new technologies like Cloud and Network Programmability. We will be sharing the evolution of the Data Center Certification portfolio to support Partners and Customers in the journey towards the cloud and the new paradigms of network programmability

It looks like the certification track of the data center will also be discussed. The CCIE Data Center has only been around for about two years, so in my opinion, it seems a little soon for Cisco to announce a version 2 of the exam. But that is just my opinion, I don’t know anything.

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