The move to Digital Government is impacting everything from how agencies build applications to how they build data centers. Networks themselves are undergoing their own transformation to be more agile and flexible in order to respond to this new digital paradigm.

Three key trends that are driving the development of next-generation Government networks:

Rapid increase of data

With the rapid increase of endpoints, consolidated infrastructure and adoption of Cloud, the amount of data flowing through your network is exploding at a rate never before imagined. Network architects and administrators have traditionally responded to this trend by procuring “larger” networking hardware based on future needs and “growing into” gear. This buying pattern is no longer working, as it creates a cycle of over-provisioned Hardware that quickly becomes out-grown (often in less than a few years), forcing agencies to buy even larger hardware at a much faster rate than budgeted or expected.

Applications are changing

Digital initiatives are also driving how applications are designed, built, and consumed. New application development methodologies like Agile, DevOps and Cloud-native are built for rapid iteration and do not comprehend static network architectures. The rise of Cloud adoption has also moved key application services out of the Government data center and into the Public Clouds. These application paradigm shifts create a loss of visibility for the network administrator as applications are no longer on-premises and do not have hooks into traditional network monitoring tools.

Classic Security models have become ineffective

As we have seen from recent news, the build-a-fortress security model is not effective in the world of public cloud services and omnipresent mobile devices. The classic network perimeter is rapidly disappearing, making critical government systems and data even more difficult to protect. Network-level security is no longer enough to protect from application-layer attacks, which are designed to bypass classic network firewalls and security measures.

Your legacy Networking Hardware vendor can’t tackle these challenges. A software-first approach for Networking is a foundational element when building next-generation Networks for Government. Such an approach can help enable an Application Delivery Platform that can provide burstable traffic capacity, ever-present application visibility and a software-defined security perimeter.

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