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Elevator Operators Wanted

Carl Niger of Come Route With Me writes:

So, given that I’ve got a very network-centric viewpoint of the world, what did this event really mean to me? How does it play into the future of networking/networkers? Well, I think its safe to say that network folks will have to learn new skills — else be doomed to being the elevator operator (my friend Mark Snow’s favorite analogy when discussing this!). There is of course no scenario at all, assuming a desire to stay relevant, where network engineers can just stop learning — period. Technology is of course not standing still, so even if you’re just learning new syntax or a new routing protocol, you’re not off the hook.

Carl has some interesting thoughts about the role that programmers will play in networking in the future.

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Tom Hollingsworth

Tom Hollingsworth is a networking professional, blogger, and speaker on advanced technology topics. He is also an organizer for networking and wireless for Tech Field Day.  His blog can be found at

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