Federal Panel Explores the Truth about Data Networking

We’ve had a real seismic shift in computing in recent years. Data centers have consolidated and servers have gone virtual. Mobile devices now rule, as do Web- and mobile apps.

Yet, in the federal marketplace, much of the underlying network infrastructure has remained the same. As a result, maintenance and operational expenses are soaring at a time when agencies are under pressure to cut operational expenses.

A panel discussion on the issue (and how to pave a path forward) aired today on two radio stations in our nation’s capital – WTOP Radio and its sister station, Federal News Radio. A number of heavy hitters participated, including:

  • Tom Bayer, CIO for the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Wolf Tombe, CTO of Customs and Border Protection
  • Eric Olson, CIO of the Justice Department
  • Frank Konieczny, CTO for the Air Force
  • Lorraine Cleary, director of product management at Avaya

The net takeaway: New software-defined networks and shortest-path bridging technology offer a way out of the aging infrastructure dilemma. They promise better performance and lower operating costs, while allowing agencies to combine voice, data, video and messaging on a single, unified network.

The program is now posted online as a free webinar. It’s a great resource for any organization looking for a way to evolve a network and not fund a forklift upgrade.