I have the luxury and privilege to work on some very interesting projects. Sometimes it’s advanced routing, sometimes it’s working with brand-new technology, and sometimes it’s a very interesting and unique use case.
However, it never ceases to amaze me that some the most important skills and technical knowledge I’ve gained over the years is understanding how to calculate a power budget for an IDF, the difference between an L620P and 620P cord, the difference between various types of fiber, and remembering to ask my customer about the direction of airflow in their data center.
When designing real-world networks, it really is the overall picture we have to keep in mind. Speeds and feeds, bits and bytes, and all the syntax in the world isn’t enough to properly design a real-work network that you can actually power on and plug into.