bytony.celeste11-17-201507:09 AM - edited 11-17-201507:10 AM
“The modernization of the IT environment of the federal government has to be one of our highest priorities,” Federal CIO Tony Scott said this summer at the Brocade Federal Forum. “We’re going to have to replace large parts of what we have because [existing network architecture] just was never designed for the mission and for the challenges that we face today.”
bytony.celeste11-09-201507:10 AM - edited 11-09-201507:11 AM
The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) is poised to support big changes in federal IT. A recent survey found that 79 percent of feds believe FITARA will positively affect the way IT is viewed at their agency by helping CIOs improve communication, making IT leaders more accountable and reinforcing their positions as integral and critical stakeholders.
After this summer’s high profile OPM breach, there’s no question that cyber attacks are affecting the federal government with an alarming frequency. According to the Government Accountability Office, data breaches at government agencies involving personal data have jumped 91 percent over the past eight years. This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it’s time to consider all elements of a secure environment – starting with the network.
Cloud, mobile, big data and other emerging technologies have forever altered American citizens’ expectations of government IT. To meet these expectations, the federal government must make network modernization a priority.
byAnthony Robbins08-26-201511:16 AM - edited 08-26-201501:53 PM
In my first post on our recently published white paper, the Necessity of Network Modernization, I explored how SDN, NFV and Ethernet fabrics – key New IP technologies - can enable cost savings and innovation. In this post, I’ll delve into another aspect highlighted in the white paper – the role of open standards.
The IT industry is on the cusp of a paradigm shift away from closed, proprietary standards to open standards - and the federal government is beginning to appreciate the need for such a shift. In fact, a recent Brocade survey found that 90 percent of federal IT decision makers believe open standards are an important part of the future of IT.
Last month at the Federal Forum in Washington, D.C., I joined Brocade’s industry partners and the government’s leading IT decision makers to discuss how new, exciting technologies are changing the way our government serves the American citizenry, enables warfighters and meets the demands of a growing list of stakeholders.
Agencies today are being asked to do a lot with their data. With information generated by new sources - from social media outlets to mobile devices - agencies must store, monitor, organize, access, and, most importantly, make sense of data in a way that allows them to best serve the American citizenry.
The data center is the eye of this data storm, and it’s essential that IT leaders have the best tools at their disposal to ensure information flows seamlessly throughout the network. These tools go beyond technology alone and must also include a strategic approach to acquisition planning.
byAnthony Robbins05-13-201508:18 AM - edited 05-13-201511:18 AM
As federal agencies rapidly transition into a new age of cloud, security, mobile, social and big data-driven information technology solutions, agency CIOs are finding that their roles are changing as well. The recently passed Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) has the ability to inspire a profound change as it impacts the role of the CIO. The CIO of the Future is no longer simply an IT manager or a political role with little designated authority, but a strategic advisor with a role more similar to that of an enterprise CIO. As IT becomes the centerpiece of agency missions and activities, the CIO is becoming an essential part of agency leadership.
bywalkerj04-27-201508:37 AM - edited 04-27-201510:24 AM
With breaches affecting government entities from the White House to the Department of State, high profile security incidents have dominated headlines over the past year. According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) recognized more than 46,000 security incidents in 2013. With these issues in mind, it comes as no surprise that a recent Market Connections survey of federal IT decision makers and influencers found that only 26 percent of agencies feel their network data is fully protected.
The Internet of Things is making a huge impact on the public sector and changing the role of everyday devices, from watches to thermometers. As government’s understanding of the IoT expands, agencies are now thinking in terms of what they can do as a result of these connected devices. This is what we define as the “Internet of Things You Can Do.”
byAnthony Robbins02-23-201510:06 AM - edited 02-24-201504:58 AM
There is no question that security is becoming one of government’s top IT concerns. Breaches have become so frequent that it is no longer a question of if they will occur, but when.
According to a GAO report, the number of security incidents at federal agencies that have involved the potential exposure of citizens’ personal information has increased from 10,400 in 2009 to more than 25,500 in 2013. As network security remains the most critical area of vulnerability prevention, government agencies are in need of next-gen solutions that don’t stifle innovation.
Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) reveals the latest cutting-edge devices and gadgets poised to disrupt the consumer tech space. In 2015, it was evident that this would be the year of Bluetooth-enabled everything -- wearables, smart watches, necklaces and toothbrushes – all becoming network endpoints, gathering and transmitting large volumes of data.
The New IP – a network foundation for innovation based on open standards, and a software-defined, dynamic and user-centric infrastructure - is industry’s answer to the demands emerging IT trends are placing on the network. The New IP addresses the increased need for bandwidth, scalability and performance created by the changing IT landscape.
What is the New IP? If you’ve been following my series on Federal Insights, you may know that the New IP is an emerging networking foundation for innovation based on open standards, and a software-defined, highly dynamic and user-centric infrastructure. In today’s post, we’ll be looking at how agencies need to not only innovate their networks but also rethink how they procure technology.
Over this series of Federal Insights posts, we’ve put together a checklist to help agencies make the shift to the New IP. The New IP represents the networking industry’s recognition that legacy networks, which account for a large part of the federal government’s infrastructure, can limit innovation. The New IP is an emerging networking foundation for innovation based on open standards, software-defined, highly dynamic and user-centric infrastructure.
Over a series of Federal Insights posts, we are putting together a checklist to help agencies make the shift to the New IP. Demanding open standards from technology providers is a critical first step to opening the doors to innovation through the New IP. Software-based IT infrastructure is the next step on the roadmap to the New IP.
Is your agency on the path to the New IP? Our checklist, which we’ll outline throughout a series of upcoming posts, can help to determine if your agency is moving in the right direction when it comes to modernizing your network.
The federal government faces a daunting IT challenge. Due to aging legacy infrastructure and out-of-control maintenance costs, agencies are struggling to keep pace with commercial best practices. What can agencies do to align with the IT best practices that are commonplace in the commercial space?
In August, leaders in government and industry met at the Federal Forum to talk about changing the network conversation to bring the federal government into the 21st century. In the federal IT market, the network is the next frontier, and all eyes are on our federal IT leaders to see where this wave of change takes us.