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Category: Networking


SD-WAN Bridges the Networking Gap Between Agencies

While most people think of the Washington, DC metro area as the place where government does business, close to 80 percent of federal employees actually live and work outside the Beltway. In fact, the nearly 3 million civil servants employed by the United States government are spread across all 50 states and 14 territories. And […]

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Greg Stemberger

March 23, 2018

Networking  •  Software-defined Networking

Wireless: It’s Never Going Away

The funny thing about a company’s wireless needs is that they never get smaller. It usually starts with a couple conference rooms, then builds out a few floors until eventually the whole building needs wireless. For businesses and government clients looking to scale up, it isn’t always as simple as it seems. I’m sure most […]

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Greg Gordon

January 10, 2018

Managed Services  •  Mobility + End User Devices  •  Networking  •  Wireless

VMware Bets All Its Chips On Software-defined Environments

After some time to reflect on my trip to VMworld, it’s become clear that VMware is undergoing a massive evolution with respect to what it does in the network space. From software-driven environments to cloud-centric strategies, VMware is positioning itself in a world that’s largely leaving the data center and other legacy systems behind. In […]

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Greg Stemberger

November 8, 2017

Cloud  •  Data Center  •  Networking  •  Software-defined Networking

Four Trends to Consider Before Developing a Cyber Security Plan

With the threat of cyber attacks rapidly evolving, federal agencies need to ensure they have a security foundation in place that allows the flexibility to adapt quickly. That means keeping an eye on trends to make sure they’re procuring solutions that can be easily integrated into their existing systems. The difficulty for agencies is acknowledging […]

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Rob Chee

October 4, 2017

Cyber Security  •  Networking  •  Software-defined Networking

The Cyber Security Executive Order: How to Make White House Goals a Reality

The White House recently signed the long-awaited cyber security executive order (EO), emphasizing the importance the administration is putting on managing cyber risk across government. This EO is a step in the right direction as it places a level of accountability on federal agencies to protect critical data through IT modernization, better cyber hygiene and […]

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Rob Chee

June 5, 2017

Cloud  •  Cyber Security  •  IT Modernization  •  Networking

Campus Networks: The Next Frontier for SDN?

There is no disputing that software-defined networking (SDN) has brought new levels of capabilities to networking in the data center while reducing operator errors, overhead, and complexity. These same benefits can be extended to campus networking for many customers. Campus networks actually do share many of the same network challenges as data centers but for […]

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Greg Stemberger

The Federal IT Future is Software-Defined

More and more often, federal agencies are choosing not to be limited by the IT shackles that hardware presents. A rapidly growing trend in federal IT is a turn toward leveraging software-defined networking in very specific use-cases, through which organizations have found new levels of IT agility and enhanced networking capabilities, leading to better mission […]

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Greg Stemberger

February 28, 2017

Cyber Security  •  Networking  •  Software-defined Networking

PODCAST: Looking Back at 2016: The Year of SDN

What were some of the biggest trends in IT networking this year? That was the question posed when we sat down with Greg Stemberger, Technical Director of the NextGen Networking Practice at Iron Bow Technologies, for a recent podcast on TechSource. According to Stemberger, he said without a doubt, software-defined networking (SDN) was the most […]

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TechSource Editor

December 20, 2016

Networking  •  Software-defined Networking

Preparing for the Digital Network Journey

Flexibility and agility in an ever-changing digital world is a challenge in any industry.  As federal agencies attempt to shed their traditional approach to procuring and managing IT, and embrace new digital ready networks, they are faced with many challenges.   According to a Cisco and IDC report, 4/5ths of organizations have not yet aligned […]

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TechSource Editor

August 23, 2016

Cyber Security  •  Networking

Collaborative Services Approach: A Smart, Intimate Approach to Managing your Network

For some IT manufacturers, the managed services arena is simply not their area of expertise. While they may have robust global helpdesk and technical support mechanisms in place, customers are seeking a smart, proactive, intimate approach to the management of their network. When manufacturers and channel partners team up to provide a collaborative services approach, […]

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Rob Rosa

November 18, 2015

Collaboration  •  Networking

Intelligent Data Storage Contributions to Cyber Security – Part 1

The pace of data center evolution, accelerated by extensive consolidations, is driven by leaders hungry for efficiency and innovation. I was recently invited to meet with a large military data center team, where the original meeting objective was to share a technical overview of our latest innovations in scale-out network attached storage. However, upon commencing […]

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Audie Hittle

June 23, 2015

Data Center  •  Networking  •  Software-defined Networking

Best of the Best: Guest Content

As 2014 comes to a close, we are taking a look back at the trends and technologies that shaped the year. From time to time we enjoy having our partners contribute their knowledge and expertise for the benefit of our readers. This year our partners spanned the gamut of content sharing best practices and new […]

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TechSource Editor

December 29, 2014

Cyber Security  •  Digitization + IoT  •  Networking  •  Software-defined Networking  •  Telehealth

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The Future of SDN in the Federal Government

Will software defined networking (SDN) be the future for federal agencies? That is what a group of Federal IT execs discussed at the Federal Forum in Washington D.C. last month. The panel included Husnain Bajwa, Distinguished Engineer, Aruba Networks; Ron Bewtra, CTO, NOAA; Dr. Alissa Johnson and Bob Kimball, CTO, Ciena Government Solutions. SDN is […]

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TechSource Editor

September 8, 2014

Cloud  •  Networking  •  Software-defined Networking