Why take the Network+ Exam?
You may have heard that IT certifications are necessary if you want to advance in your career. However, certification is more than adding a credential to your resume. It is important to be able justify the effort and time spent studying and preparing for the exam. Network+ exam preparation will help you become a better network professional. Here are some reasons Network+ is a great way for you to jumpstart your IT career.
Network+ and the IT Professional
Virtualization has revolutionized server management. Now it is revolutionizing network. Virtualization is transforming everything. Software-defined networks (SDN), is one technology that allows for virtualization of physical devices. Cloud administrators can quickly “spin up new routers, switches and firewalls” with just a few clicks. Network engineers no longer have to spend hours configuring and commissioning new network equipment. However, this doesn’t mean that networking is obsolete. We still need IT professionals with skills and knowledge in the field of network support, even if they are virtual.
Networks still need configuration and can still fail. Networks may one day be self-generating and self-healing. But we aren’t there yet. IT professionals of all levels still find the OSI model useful. It provides a framework for understanding how computers and telecommunications systems interact in data transmission. The internet still uses TCP/IP, a protocol stack created in the 1970s by DARPA engineers Vint Cerf & Bob Kahn. While new technologies are constantly emerging, the foundations of modern networking remain solid.
An IT professional who is able to manage and create cloud services but not the underlying network technologies is in a losing position. This understanding can be gained by preparing for the Network+ exam. SPOTO training will prepare you for the Network+ exam. It will also make you a better IT professional. Here’s a brief overview.
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Start training1.0 Networking Concepts 23%
Anyone who thinks they are an expert on network technology should reconsider. Even network engineers who have been in this industry for 20 years don’t know everything. One engineer might be an expert in routing and another in switching. One engineer might be a specialist in routing, while another may be a specialist in switching. Keep in mind that there are always new technologies being introduced every year.
Once you have a better understanding of the scope of network implementations, you can then focus on your specific area of interest. However, everyone who works on networks needs to be familiar with common ports such as FTP (20, 21, 22), TELNET (23), HTTP (80), HTTP (80), POP (110). The OSI model and which protocols work on what layers should be well-known. You should be familiar with subnet masking, VLANs, and access control list. This certification covers all of these topics.
All of these issues and more may come up at one point or another. You will also need to be able to communicate in the language of networking. Although you may not be responsible for a specific configuration task, your input could be needed during planning meetings or informal discussions at work. Network professionals need to have a broad understanding of networking concepts, not just exam certifications.
2.0 Infrastructure: 18%
The infrastructure of a network environment is made up of all components. A network element can include any piece of hardware, software, or cable that functions within the network environment.
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