Federal agencies are under pressure to optimize their data centers’ efficiency and effectiveness while also leveraging the economies and capabilities of the cloud. Federal ventures into the cloud often rely on hybrid architectures that rely on dynamic and elastic connections between on-premise IT infrastructures and cloud-hosted environments that accommodate modern, dynamic, scalable digital services and storage requirements. This convergence of federal data center optimization and cloud computing is sparking fresh thinking about how federal agencies should approach network management.Consequently, agencies across government are on the cusp of a new wave of network modernization activity ushered in by the General Services Administration’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program.
A key challenge is that today’s hardware-centric networks are increasingly incapable of supporting current and future innovations that power modern technology deployments. Recent directives, such as the Cloud First and Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) mandates and the Defense Department’s Joint Information Environment (JIE), are prompting agencies to explore more software-defined models for their future network needs to better accommodate these trends. Software-Defined Networking (SDN) — which uses software to deliver network performance that is optimized for applications they support — can reduce service delivery costs and accelerate performance.
This event will examine how SDN capabilities address federal challenges relating to:
- Capital expenditure costs
- Operating and maintenance costs
- Provisioning of new technology
- Cyber security
- Cloud deployments
- Data center modernization
- Legacy infrastructure
- Application performance
- Data center management complexity