The successful man behind the network
Tebogo Mareka talks network connectivity and the challenges faced when it comes to stringent firewalls.
When it comes to all things involving network connectivity and network management at Alteram Solutions, Network Specialist Tebogo Mareka is definitely the go-to guy. Heading up its cutting-edge IT Services Division, Mareka is responsible for both the local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) connectivity, perimeter security and remote access connectivity.
For those who aren't familiar with tech-talk, the LAN is a group of computers and other devices that share a communications line to a server, and the WAN is a telecommunications network or computer network that extends over a large geographical area.
With three years in the Alteram Solutions stable, Mareka has an impressive list of achievements under his belt, one of his greatest being the implementation of a complex network configuration for a client across its two separate buildings. A configuration that will ensure seamless connectivity across both buildings, as well as across the stringent firewall protection between the buildings is essential.
With an extensive V-LAN configuration, as well as the superior and robust firewall technology offered by Alteram Solutions, the configuration is able to surpass the firewall isolation, allowing unified connectivity of both phone and Internet across both buildings. This project is a milestone for Mareka because, although it challenged his capabilities, it also proves just how much he is able to deliver at the end of the day.
When asked what his super-powers are, Mareka commented that besides being a father, he is passionately resilient. "One thing about me is that I never give up. If I have an issue that I need to resolve, I will try finding a solution until I am able to solve it. A lot of my success is drawn from the fact that I don't give up. It is important to understand and have a theoretical foundation as to why you are doing certain things."
On days when he isn't developing connectivity solutions, Mareka is a keen family man and enjoys keeping fit by running and visiting the gym regularly.
When given the opportunity, Mareka enjoys fishing. Furthermore, to keep abreast of IT trends, he is continuously studying and is an avid reader.
His favourite authors are those who challenge him to think, such as Dan Brown and John Grisham. "I love the way in which their books are written, the amount of research that goes into the writing and how their content engages my mind. These two authors are amazing; I don't like reading books where I can almost predict what the ending is going to be like."
Mareka is extremely proud of the current firewall technology that Alteram Solutions offers. It is based on open source technology and is one of the oldest and most popular platforms available. With this technology, Alteram Solutions is able to achieve extremely flexible configurations, which include side-to-side VPN (virtual private network) connectivity, allowing direct monitoring of its clients' network environments, without leaving Alteram Solutions' building. "I have always wanted to be part of something great and I believe that, right now, Alteram Solutions is at the point where the ITS team is transforming, and I am thrilled to be a part of the change."
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