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PODCAST: The Factors Driving Government SDN Adoption

In a previous post on The Modern Network, we covered the results of a recent study released by Juniper Networks, General Dynamics IT and MeriTalk entitled, “Dawn of SDN Government.” According to the study, approximately 71 percent of respondents from the federal government claimed that they were either implementing SDN, or planning to do so in the future. To get additional clarity and background into the study results, and get

Weekly News Round-Up: Cyber Spending and Consolidation

The federal government can no longer afford to passively deal with the growing threat of cyber crime. National awareness is at an all-time high thanks to a number of high-profile breaches, and cyber security is now a top concern. But with tightening budgets, agencies needs to make the right appropriations and consolidate resources when possible, whether that be by increasing the cybersecurity budget or building data centers: VA IT Budget

Weekly News Round-Up: Software-Defined Networking in 2015

Some may still want to label software-defined networking (SDN) as yet another buzzword or victim of unjustified hype, but the technology has had a proven track record of improving service provisioning agility, network flexibility, management, security, and expense management, among other benefits. While the federal government remains somewhat behind in SDN adoption, recent signs point to an uptick in adoption in 2015. With the start of the new year, now’s

Study Shows Government Adoption of SDN Heating Up

Software Defined Networking (SDN) – an approach to networking that decouples the control plane from the data plane in an open standards-based and vendor-neutral environment – has been lauded for its ability to increase efficiency and expedite provisioning of network services. SDN also plays an integral role in enabling network automation, which can decrease down time by eliminating human error through the reduction in physical interaction between network administrators and

Interview with ACT President and IAC Chair: Success Factors for Programs that Leverage IT

Recently, The Modern Network had a chance to chat with two esteemed leaders in the IT space about an organizational initiative that can guide government’s ability to effectively manage IT programs, as well as provide a framework for successful public/private partnerships. Rick Holgate is CIO of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and serves as President of the American Council for Technology (ACT). Dan Chenok is Executive

Federal Tech Trends Podcast: IT Adoption in 2014 and Projections for 2015

Over the course of the past year, federal IT trade publications and government IT decision makers have discussed a wide range of technologies and IT capabilities that the Federal Government was either looking to implement or considering for adoption. Now that the calendar has flipped to 2015, many are wondering what technologies were most sought after across the Federal Government in 2014, and how this is going to change in

The Top Tech Trends across Education and Government in 2014

The holiday season is upon us, and we’re preparing to turn our calendars to 2015. We at The Modern Network decided to take the opportunity to do some reflection on the technology trends and topics that dominated the discussion across both the federal government and education sector in the past year. Across the federal government, IT decision makers were focused on improving the security of their networks in 2014. They