Saturday, February 8, 2014

I should relax some security

I was in Bangalore last week attempting for my CCIE Security lab together with my good friend. Unfortunately, both of us didn't make it again. For me, the exam was even harder than the one that i took last November. I guess i need more preparation time for next attempt.

I'm going to take some time off from this security studies and plan for next attempt maybe later this year. One of the reason is, over the past few months, this exam seemed like an excuse to neglect other things. I know that I've been lacking in Data center side of networks, where i wasn't very sure in details what happens after the load balances, ucs/vm, storage. Now, with a DC tech refresh project, it seems like a good time to start absorbing more of DC technologies.

Secondly, I've been wanting to do something for the next generation of network engineers of my country but, i just didn't happen to do anything over the years. I have plans to do some programs for different levels of network engineer. Let's see how that project goes over next few weeks.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A little less of routers and switches wouldn't hurt

My 4th time to Jakarta in 4 months.. It's raining here now I'm just stuck in the traffic on the cab to my hotel.. Those who knows Jakarta will understand this feeling..

The first two times was for nexus 7000 but, this time I'm here for IT consultancy project with one of the largest hotel group in the world. In the past few months, I became one of the approved IT consultants for said hotel group in charge of network, wifi, pabx, cabling, server room, power, aircon, cctv, writing tender documents, project management if necessary..

You might ask, how did a network engineer end up doing all these.. Is it relevant to my career? Well, I always believe in the saying "no single job makes a career, no single job breaks a career".

I'm doing IT consultancy on one hand and doing my usual network projects on the other hand.. Even with less routers and switches, I've learned so much dealing with consultants from different line of work, hospitality, construction, architect, interior designers, mechanical and electrical part of the projects.

Life's good so far

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sorry... Please try again later...

Didn't make it.. only managed to get overall score more than 70%.. did a few mistakes in perimeter security and secure access. Well.. there's not a lot of room for errors in the lab exam..

Anyway, managed to get a slot in Bangalore during Chinese new year. I hoped her to be nice to me as last time.. by the way, good news for our Burmese candidates as you can get visa on arrival at the immigration.