Think of all the applications agencies use to communicate with the workforce, respond to citizen requests, and carry out daily operations. It’s critical that those applications are readily available and maintained without disrupting the mission.
Government IT organizations must ensure their enterprise networks can support those applications and cater to evolving agency requirements. The challenge most technologists face is how best to support a dynamic network when many of their processes are not automated.
A promising solution to address this growing challenge has emerged in the form of software-defined networking (SDN). At its core, SDN is about using software to change the behavior of the network, Andy Ingram, Vice President of the Center of Excellence-Data Centers at Juniper Networks, told GovLoop. Think of the network as the link that connects servers to storage and end users to application services. It’s more or less the foundation of the data center, similar to the foundation of a home.
With this in mind, GovLoop teamed with solutions integrator Affigent and network innovation leader Juniper Networks to help you better understand:
- The basics of SDN
- The simplicity and efficiencies that SDN offers
- How you can follow a path to implementation and avoid roadblocks
Review this industry perspective for a better understanding of SDN and how it can support your agency computing environment, and key considerations to make your SDN migration successful.