Trending Technology Skills for Network Architects
Last Updated June 18, 2019
What Does a Network Architect Do?
A Network Architect is responsible for designing and implementing enterprise class networking architectures that support the availability of an application. They also manage troubleshooting and resolution of network-related issues throughout the organization, while making sure to document and monitor any network failures. Finally, they provide recommendations for network upgrades in accordance to future application usage.
Key Traits of a Network Architect
Network Architects must be collaborative problem solvers who can work cross-functionally to design the networks for an organization.
With traditional networking becoming more software-defined (SDN), Network Architects must be willing to learn new best practices and improve existing infrastructure.
Documentation is critical for any technology implementation. Network Architects must be master communicators as they are called upon to write and share information about the plans they create.
Day-to-Day Expectations and Responsibilities
Implement, administer, document, and troubleshoot network infrastructure devices, including W/LAN, Proxy Servers, firewalls, routers, switches, load balancers, wireless access points, and controllers
Conduct robust service management for mission critical applications, manage incident response, and work / coordinate with various technical and internal stakeholders
Execute network administrative tasks such as collecting statistics, monitoring performance, and deploying updates
Create redundant networks for high availability in case of primary network failures
Network Architect Target Skill Set
Technical Skill Set:
- Cloud networking software
- Ticketing tools
- Networking Fundamentals on IPv4, IPv6, Subnetting, DNS, VPN, BGP, and MPLS
- Network operations / data center operations in 24/7 environment
Non-Technical Skill Set:
- Attention to detail
- Analytical mindset
- Outcome-oriented critical thinking and problem solving
Training Plan for Network Architects
The following Cloud Academy starter Training Plans prepare professionals to become Network Architects
Amazon Web Services
Training Plans ensure accountability across your teams when it comes to AWS training.Learn More
AZ-301 Exam Preparation: Designing a Microsoft Azure Architecture
This Learning Path is designed to help you and your team prepare for the AZ-301 Microsoft Azure Architect Design exam. If you pass both of the AZ-300 and AZ-301 exams, then you will earn the Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification.
Training Plans ensure accountability across your teams when it comes to Microsoft Azure training.Learn More
Google Cloud Platform
Training Plans ensure accountability across your teams when it comes to Google Cloud Platform training.Learn More
Industry Certification(s) for Network Architects
The following industry certifications are popular among Network Architects:
AWS Certified Advanced Networking - Specialty
The AWS Certified Advanced Networking - Specialty examination validates advanced technical skills and experience in designing and implementing AWS and hybrid IT network architectures at scale. This examination is for individuals who perform complex networking tasks, and it validates an individual’s ability to:View Certification >
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