Thought for My Day – Networking Childhood

When I was a young man, it strikes me that everything seemed like it possible. I could be anything, I could do anything.

As an adult, I’ve made choices and have deep commitments that prevent me me being able to do “anything”. I can only choose from the available options.

What’s left in my power is the range of options and whether it’s small or large according to how my career and personality is able to be flexible and creative.

Today, I’m struck by the fact that Networking in Enterprises is a similar experience. Ten years ago, networking could easily change and be updated. But the weight of servers and poor quality applications are preventing the network from moving forward. In the end, Network Engineers have very few choices.

For example, today, it’s Windows Active Directory servers that can’t have their IP address changed because too many systems have used direct IP addresses. This limits my choices.

It might be a stretch but it’s funny to me how networking is just like life. Now that I’m married and have children, a mortgage and lifestyle my options are somewhat limited.

While those parts of my life do weigh me down and limit my choices, they are richness and diversity that make my life interesting. These are burdens that I want to have.

About Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count.

He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at EtherealMind.com and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus

You can contact Greg via the site contact page.

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