Research Report: Network Transformation and Modernization
When it comes to the network, government agencies cannot afford to pinch pennies. That’s because many emerging technologies that promise to increase the cost-effectiveness of agency operations first require a robust and agile network infrastructure. No investment, no savings. The good news is that government officials understand this. According to a new survey conducted by the 1105 Government Information Group, one third of government agencies intend to allocate more of their IT budget to network operations. The key? Implementing a strategy that improves the quality and responsiveness of network services while also reducing the cost of network management.
Many government agencies are preparing now for a surge in network traffic over the next two years. But their primary concern is not bandwidth but performance, as they rely more and more on applications that demand real-time network services. If agencies cannot prioritize and manage that traffic, application performance will suffer. Read More Here
Government agencies are taking a variety of approaches toward upgrading their networks. But more often than not, those strategies involve more IP-based networking. Slowly but surely, this trend could push a lot of agencies toward a unified communications approach that brings together voice and data traffic on a single IP-based network infrastructure. Read More Here
For a long time, the wireless network has been treated as something of an auxiliary operation, managed outside the scope of the enterprise network. But those days are drawing to a close. More and more federal agencies are looking to integrate their wireless systems with their core network infrastructure. Next on the horizon: Broadband wireless. Read More Here
For network administrators, cloud computing definitely has a downside. The distributed application architecture that is key to so many of cloud’s benefits also complicates the task of managing network performance. As software-as-a-service and other cloud models take hold, administrators might need to look into deploying a new set of management tools. Read More Here
As voice-over-IP and high-definition video become a bigger and bigger part of how people communicate, agencies need to bolster their networks or pay the price in big performance hits. Social media, while less of a bandwidth hog, also demands careful monitoring, given its growing ubiquity. Read More Here