Author Archives: Keith Miller

About Keith Miller

Keith Miller is currently a network engineer for a consulting company on a military base in South Carolina, USA. He was promoted from help-desk technician to network engineer in June of 2010 and has been doing it ever since. Networking is definitely his passion, however he enjoys most things that are IT or technology related. Keith is always looking for ways to improve myself and network with his peers in this industry so feel free to contact him if you’d like to exchange ideas! Twitter: @packetologist

I’m going to Cisco Live US!

As the title suggests, I pulled the trigger and I booked my FIRST trip to Cisco Live US! The conference is scheduled for May18th – May 22nd in San Francisco, CA. By registering today and not waiting until January 14th or later, I saved $400 off the registration price (pre-registration discount). This might not seem like much to some ($400 has always been a lot to me), but when you look at the total cost of the trip which I estimate is going to cost $3600, it makes sense to save wherever you can. Continue reading

FIN 2013

2013 was a very eventful year and brought a lot of good things to my family and I. I changed jobs twice which brought me to an employer that I’ve wanted to work for over the past 2 years. The salary is decent, the benefits are good, and the people I work with are great! I have been challenged since day one to keep up with everything going on which is exactly what I was looking for. In addition to changing positions every quarter, I passed Juniper’s JNCIA-Junos exam, Microsoft’s MCITP (Windows 7) exam, and a couple of Cisco exams (SECURE and FIREWALL) that brought me closer to becoming CCNP Security certified.

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Introducing the PIF scholarship

Today, I am proud to announce the creation of the Pay It Forward scholarship that I will be hosting at least once a year, for as long as I possibly can. The Pay It Forward scholarship consists of providing one deserving person with the goal of becoming a network professional, books to study from and paid vouchers for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam when they are ready to test. Scholarship winners will not be ordinary people. They must demonstrate the willingness and drive to learn, despite whatever circumstances they have dealt with, that prevented them from being able to break into the field and become CCNA certified. They must also be willing to depict and carry forward the idea behind this scholarship by using this opportunity as a springboard to grow their careers and eventually pay it forward to someone else. Continue reading

Make the most of your opportunities

I’ve been afforded a lot of opportunities in my life and not all of them are what I would consider to have been earned. Most have been based on promise or potential while the rest were based on past performance, the latter being the vast minority. Depending on who you talk to and what their background is, people that know me might say that I lead a blessed life and others might say that I’m just plain lucky. To be honest, I am of the belief that I’m just plain lucky most of the time and have been in the right place at the right time so to speak. However, as time has passed, I must say that at times I feel like a higher power has been looking over me and guiding my path this entire time. Continue reading