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Our people: Meet Warrick Mitchell, Network Architect

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Warrick Mitchell, AARNet Network ArchitectTell us about your career before AARNet?

My career in Computer Networking started just after I finished high school, when I wrote a number of articles for the Computer section of The West Australian newspaper on how to connect your home computers together to play Doom as well as reviewing computer games as a freelance journalist. After doing this for a few months, I then began working in various technical and team mentoring roles for a number of companies ranging from Banking, Defence, Oil and Gas, Mining and Internet Service Providers.

What does your role at AARNet involve?

I originally joined AARNet in 2010 as a Network Engineer in the Network Operations team, where I was responsible for maintaining the day-to-day operation of the AARNet network across the globe. In 2016 I took over the responsibility of Network Architect from David Wilde who was appointed CTO in late 2015.

As the Network Architect, I’m responsible for identifying and developing new architecture that will enable AARNet to grow and prosper, and to maintain its position as an innovative leader in its field. I spend time with our customers to understand their diverse future needs and how we can assist in their growth, as well as help to streamline and improve our own processes.

What excites you most about your work?

As the Network Architect, I get to spend a lot of time talking with our customers, understanding their requirements and looking towards the future, working with new technologies and improving technologies. It is truly remarkable to look back at how networking has changed over the last 20 years and think about what we can create for tomorrow.

When you’re not working for AARNet?

Outside work, I have a number of hobbies: cooking for friends and family, spending time with my nephews, working my way through a Masters of Business Administration, tinkering away in my shed on various projects, building and flying remote controlled jets and helicopters, playing the guitar and occasionally reading a good book that is not IT related.

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