The dependence on connectivity for critical services between government branch offices and data centers is increasing the need for networks to have improved reliability, scalability and flexibility. Cost can be a large factor, but tradeoffs are difficult because an unreliable network can impair the performance of enterprise apps, voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing and other mission-critical services for users.
The U.S. Defense Department unveiled Thursday a bold information technology and cybersecurity road map that modifies its approach on several efforts in the rapidly changing environments. The guide positions the department’s IT infrastructure and processes for a broad impact, in addition to hopes of greater security and scrutiny, said its chief information officer, Terry Halvorsen.
Dynamic technology changes such as the explosion of cloud-based services, social networking and mobility once again have fundamentally modified the age of computing. The mania for convenience is precipitating network changes at speeds the federal government cannot keep pace with, much less surpass. The rapid emergence of “the new IP”—an approach to bring networking into the virtualized and cloud era—threatens to leave the slow-moving federal government languishing in its own virtual traffic jam and highlights yet another chasm between government and the private sector.
The Department of Defense (DOD) plans to leverage open source solutions and services to meet mission requirements, no matter where the tactical edge lies. Providing connectivity that enables high-performance, assured networking is critical, and is why defense and civilian agencies closely examine software-defined networking (SDN) as a solution.
SDN quickly is becoming the preferred method for organizations to achieve greater network situational awareness, a centralized point of control and the ability to roll out new applications and services—all while lowering operational costs.
The increased dependence on interconnected networks propelled the Defense Department to seek viable solutions to not just counter the upsurge of cyberthreats, but to do so at much quicker speeds.
“The cyberthreat is also growing and evolving, driving us to move faster to increase our cyber resilience,” says Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman, USA, director of command, control, communications and computers/cyber for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Gen. Keith Alexander, USA, the head of the new cyber command, stated that the Defense Department needs situational awareness across DOD's networks to protect its cyber defenses: "We do not have a common operating picture for our networks. We need to build that."
The Defense Department is responsible for protecting more than seven million machines, linked in 15,000 networks, with 21 satellite gateways and 20,000 commercial circuits. Unauthorized users probe Defense Department networks 250,000 times an hour, or more than six million times per day, he added.
Finally have time to see some of the dynamic techs here at WEST 2010. Am at the Microsoft booth right now because I needed technical assistance to connect. What better place to go?!? So here we go with the incredible capabilities being demo'ed here. And of course, I'm going to start with Microsoft! At booth 1703, you'll find four major themes in newest techs: Microsoft virtualization leveraging Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2. It promotes high-availability server consolidation. And of course, since I'm running Windows 7, this has got to be the next one I talk about. Come to the booth to see the newest software and how it's different from what you've used before.
Managing virtual environments is becoming more complex, Federal initiatives are piling on, and your organization's infrastructure is what it is. Is the promise of virtualization a pipe dream? How do you manage it all and keep your sanity?
This webinar, to be held March 19, 2009, at 12 noon ET, will explore:
The benefits of virtualization can be extended to thrifty end-users either through public clouds or via private clouds. The time has come to reach out to the millions of user devices that operate in thousands of separately programmable silos that require spending money on labor-intensive overhead. U.S.
Defense Department projects can be brought into a consolidated cloud environment where much lower costs and increased security can deliver immediate benefits.
The May 21, 2012, issue of Forbes magazine describes how start-up firms acquire information technologies without spending much money. These firms use commercial cloud services instead of setting up their own data centers.