The network is the fundamental building block not only of IT itself, but of modern businesses on the whole. Its evolution includes dramatic advancements from wireless networks to the Internet of Things (IoT) and software-defined networking (SDN), resulting in a today that's complex, and a future that is bound to become even more so.
With that, managing the network has become a pivotal role, and so it's important for IT professionals to identify what's most critical today to ensure business success. Not only that, it's imperative IT professionals are also planning for the future of the network.
This slideshow, the first in a two-part series, outlines a new set of network essentials that is necessary to meet the challenges of today's network administration head-on. By focusing on these fundamentals, IT professionals will be equipped to handle any network-related challenges brought forth by IT's ever-changing landscape.
Leon Adato is a Head Geek at SolarWinds, an IT management software provider based in Austin, Texas. Adato boasts more than 25 years of IT experience, including 14 years working with systems management, monitoring, and automation solutions for servers, networks, and the web. ... View Full Bio