Software-Defined Networking: Keeping Pace with Network Complexity in the Public Sector

For today’s government IT leaders, it’s a fact of life: Despite an ever-growing demand for information technology services, budget cuts require doing more and more with less and less.

In 2015 alone, the federal information technology budget shrank by $2.4 billion, and state and local governments also suffered cuts. And those aren’t the only problems faced by the public sector: security compliance, network complexities, demands for better efficiency—the list goes on. Meanwhile, citizen expectations intensify, particularly following high-profile data breaches that left huge swaths of sensitive, private civilian data vulnerable.

So where does that leave government IT programs? How can government agencies improve visibility and control while balancing growing business demands and shrinking budgets?

Software-defined networking (SDN) offers a solution. Today, public sector IT must quickly deploy and run new applications (both within and atop their networks) to deliver results—all without disrupting their mission. Enter SDN.

To offer a better understanding of SDN’s benefits— including how it applies to public sector challenges— GovLoop partnered with Force 3, a network security company that provides infrastructure services to design, deploy, support and maintain both public and private sector technology needs.

In this report, we tackle the challenges faced by government IT professionals and the solutions offered by software-defined networking. Read on to gain a better understanding of SDN.

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