Anthony Robbins, vice president of federal sales at data center network provider Brocade, believes federal information technology managers need to step up adoption of agile networking technologies to keep up with growing traffic and data, he writes in an op-ed for FCW published Tuesday.
Robbins writes that the federal government has started to realize benefits from server virtualization, with the Defense Department leading the way, but public service and inter-agency collaboration may be suffering from the changing landscape of data management.
“Modernizing the network is an essential building block for government CIOs who strive to improve citizen services and support for warfighters,” Robbins says.
He cited a Brocade white paper that says the government stands to gain as much as $2 billion in savings from updated systems, but noted that beyond the financial advantage is having an architecture that is more technologically optimized.
“(Software defined networking) in particular offers a new way to manipulate networks by improving both agility and economies of scale,” Robbins said.
“The technology makes it possible to manage networks externally with unprecedented automation and predictive capabilities,” he added.