A Speedy Transition to Modernizing Your IT Network

It’s no secret that many federal agencies’ servers and networks are outdated and inefficient. They are unable to exploit the advantages of mobility, cloud, social networking, and big data analytics, limiting the ability of government agencies to effectively serve their constituents.

So how can agencies improve their network IT? Many private sector businesses are transitioning away from networks built on the same approach used by federal government, and moving towards an open, software-driven environment that simplifies network processes and reduces costs: the New IP Approach.

The New IP will allow agencies to develop flexible networks that are easy to adapt and cost effective; not to mention it meets the needs of federal employees and citizens.

This transition may sound simple but there are a few steps that need to be implemented to ensure a successful network modernization. Fortunately, in GovLoop’s recent online training, Advancing Your Network to Keep up with New Technology Demands, and Brocade’s recent whitepaper, The New IP Path to Network Modernization, topic experts discussed best practices for modernizing your agency’s network.

According to those experts, there are five suggestions to transitioning to network modernization:

Move to open standards. Standard-based products enable choice, which increases flexibility, while also reducing cost and complexity. Taking advantage of open standards allows agencies to become more agile, such as software-defined networking (SDN).

Implement a multi-vendor network. Because you can contract with multiple vendors to build your network, you enable the competition that controls costs and encourages the use of best-of-breed products.

Deploy Ethernet fabrics. This is a flattened architecture that simplifies networks by replacing traditional point-to-point relationships. Ethernet fabrics are very easy to deploy, with a plug-and-play procedure. They are also self-provisioning and self-healing, which enables scalability and reduces maintenance and training costs.

Initiate SDN. This type of networking abstracts data flow control from software in switch and router control planes, enabling administrators to create efficient, customized, network-wide data flows. Having the ability to control the way data flows through a network eases manageability, supports automation, and helps administrators quickly delivery services that enhance agency operations.

Leverage alternative procurement models. This vendor-neutral, requirements-based approach allows agencies to choose from a variety of solutions to meet their price, performance, and flexibility needs. Agencies can stretch resources by using an alternative “pay-as-you-go” approach that spends outgoing cost dollars (OpEx) as opposed to capital expenditures (CapEx) funds. This spending model offers cloud-like agility, allowing agencies to scale up and down, as needs change, without incurring upfront infrastructure costs.

For more information about the New IP and how to successfully modernize your network, view the on-demand training here, or read some of Brocade’s resources here.


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I was really scared at the beginning with the technology. But as time goes on I really see into a new world and into the good it can serve the pubic with dark issues and gray matters. Yes I like privacy. But in some cases you work with the right people and even the ones who have made a mistake or two lol… good guy bad guy type thing and become a team you can really learn how to conquer for greater good and better quality of life and meaning to why we are all on this earth. Not everyone has to understand what goes on. Just be guided in the right direction. It will make alot of happier children…families…..and happier individuals within their self’s. :)))) But every now in then Its nice to drink a cup of COFFEE check out the latest brands, listen to the radio, and think how we can help those in need,,,,,, even if its going out side and picking up someone else’s trash alongside a ditch on a country road. We all live here. Its time to work together and see what we can learn from one another to make a change for the better. I m in.