Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Network Surgeon is Operating

Congratulations! You’ve stumbled upon my blog. Now what?

I want to begin this journey into the depths of the all-encompassing blogosphere by introducing who I am, what I do, and why I created this soon-to-be dump of information for your mind-hole.

Oh God, please, no! Not the Blogosphere!

Who Am I, What Do I Do, and Why Should You Care?

My name is Garret West, I’m a network engineer working in the VAR space at NVIDIA, and you don’t have to care because I’m writing this whether you like it or not! Ha!

In all seriousness, I am writing this blog as a dump of information as I’m working on various projects. It helps me to digest information by writing it down and really explaining the details — if other people can benefit from it as well, then that’s even better! I hope at some point this blog can turn into a small community of sharing ideas, best practices, technology news, and the like; really, an open forum for discussion. One of the best ways to learn is by talking with your peers, and why not open this up to our virtual peers as well.

As I said, I’m a network engineer and I have worked in the reseller space for about seven years. As of this writing, I have accepted a position at NVIDIA and will be transitioning to the enterprise space. Given that, I get my hands on a lot of different areas of networking and virtualization, as well as a breadth of different vendors. This includes, but is definitely not limited to:

  • Branch, Campus, and Data Center Routing and Switching
  • Enterprise WLAN
  • Data Center Computing and Virtualization
  • Security
  • Storage

At the moment, I’m mainly focused on data center routing and switching, which is primarily Cisco NX-OS for the most part. However, my posts won’t only be related to that.

I’m also in the process of studying for Cisco’s Data Center Certification track. There isn’t much information out there about how to study for these exams (there isn’t even an official Cisco Press book for this track yet), so as I find good resources for study material I will definitely be sharing those.

As you read my posts, I urge you to comment and provide feedback! Is the information helpful? Is the information accurate? Do you have questions about something? Open up the discussion, and I’ll do everything I can to answer you.

I’m using the default WordPress theme right now, but I figure the content is more important than the layout. I will be customizing the theme in the future, but bear with me for the time-being!

Thanks for visiting my blog, and I look forward to the future!


Garret West

Disclosure: I am an employee of NVIDIA, however, this is my personal blog and any posts reflect my own opinions, not necessarily those of NVIDIA.