Niall Donaghy: Network Engineer, cat-lover, Linux & OSS fan, consumer of caffeinated hot beverages. To find out what others are saying, check out my LinkedIn profile.
Sound Engineer turned Network Engineer
2000 – 2010: Self-employed/freelance sound engineer working though-out Ireland.
2008 – present: As a mature student I began pursuing a BSc. (Hons) Computer Science degree from Queen’s University Belfast in 2012. Getting there necessitated earning a FdSc. Computing & Network Systems from Southern Regional College (2008 – 2011).
2012 – 2013: Telecommunications is my passion. For my sandwich year placement I had a blast working for DANTE in Cambridge, UK as a Tier 2 NOC Engineer. On the pan-European research and education network, GEANT, we set a Guinness World Record for provisioning 8Tbps of capacity, long-haul, in just over 19 minutes from the first line card insertion. Epic! The GÉANT network is built using Infinera DTN-X DWDM transmission equipment and Juniper T1600/MX960 routers (IP/MPLS). We light 50,000km of dark fibre and offer n x 100G connections to our customers, who in turn serve over 50M users. To view our topology maps click here.
2013: JNCIA-JunOS, JNCIS-ENT, JNCIS-SP and JNCIS-SEC attained, final year at university has begun, and in my spare time I’m contracting.
2014: Yet to be written, however in July I expect to graduate with first class honours and immediately thereafter return to DANTE to pick up where I left off.