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The modern world runs on vast connected computer networks built, configured, and maintained by network engineers. These tech experts, while living in the shadows, support businesses, government agencies and nonprofits by playing one of the most critical parts.
This article will develop on the role of network engineers, and explain part of their work.
Network engineers create, and maintain complex architectures to develop communications in businesses, countries, and for customers.
Some of their work includes:
These are by no means set in stone and the discipline is constantly evolving. The first networked computer systems date back to the late 1960s. 60 years later, the field has evolved and keeps evolving regularly with new protocols that support more bandwidth, more connections and are more secure.
In the 1980s, network engineers were supposed to install wired telecommunications to businesses in order for them to share data between offices. In the 2000s, companies began integrating the Internet into their operations. Today, network engineers carry far more complicated tasks than simply connected wires and switches.
In short, network engineering covers the different aspects associated with communications, at different scales, in businesses, countries, and for customers.
As our society keeps moving online, and our digital needs keep on increasing, having a strong, sturdy architecture is more important than ever. Understanding network engineering gives you access to the world around you,
Network engineering powers the world around us and is responsible for deploying the computer technology that powers :
Without it we would still be using mail and asking the business next door for help.
Network engineering also conveys a secondary, just as important, matter. Security. As networks develop and grow in size, they become more prone to attacks as vulnerabilities appear. This becomes a balancing act between security and the growing demand for high efficiency networks.
In itself, the internet is just a bunch of nodes connected together. How well it works depends largely on the network engineer’s skills as they have to strengthen the connection between certain nodes and secure others.
As the space is very broad, we’ll look at one aspect of the network engineering world. More specifically, servers. Devices that communicate with other computers known as clients. The server provides resources for powering services across a network of computers, among those are data processing and different applications.
Let’s look at the hardware:
Network engineering is an incredibly vast and complex field that has evolved tremendously in the past 50 years. The domain isn’t going to stop evolving as 5G is around the corner. We’ve looked at how to build the hardware behind one of the central elements of every network: a server. For specific applications on what you’re building, try and find guides on the web. The space is quite hard to learn but proves itself to be quite rewarding.