Trends in Network Modernization and Security

Some believe federal networks seem to be in a perpetual state of disruption over the last 20 years. First agencies moved from the mainframe to the client server...


No matter what term you use, we know this new software-based approach has the potential to lead to lower costs, better security and more efficiency.

Of course, for many of us who have been around for a long time, it feels like we’ve heard those promises before.

So what makes this time different?

There are a couple of reasons. First, the understanding of the power of software is much different today. It allows for the integration of previously separate architectures and hardware devices.

SDN also can let agencies better plan for the growth and changes to the network, and take more advantage of network automation and maintenance.

All of these reasons are part of the growing realization of SDN.

A recent research by IDC, a market research firm, says software defined networking is a growing market. It estimates spending on SDN will grow worldwide to $12.5 billion by 2020. IDC says SDN delivers the agility, flexibility, and programmability that align well with public and private cloud rollouts.

IDC says this software focused approach to networking also provides a more collaborative approach to IT and a more business-oriented understanding of how the network enables application delivery.

A 2015 survey by Juniper and General Dynamics IT supports IDC’s research with more than 70 percent of federal respondents either planning to or already implementing software defined networking.



Jason MillerJason Miller, Federal News Radio

Jason Miller is an executive editor and reporter with Federal News Radio. As executive editor, Jason helps direct the news coverage of the station and works with reporters to ensure a broad range of coverage of federal technology, procurement, finance and human resource news.As a reporter, Jason focuses mainly on technology and procurement issues, including cybersecurity, e-government and acquisition policies and programs.



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Dave Mihelcic, Chief Technology Officer, DISA

David M. Mihelcic is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). As CTO, he serves as the Agency’s senior authority on scientific, technical and engineering matters. Mr. Mihelcic is responsible for defining DISA’s overarching technical strategy for synchronizing Agency’s programs and services with the Department of Defense’s net-centric transformation.


Amando GavinoAmando Gavino, Executive Director, Office of Network Services, Office of Integrated Technology Services, GSA Federal Acquisition Service

Amando Gavino is the Director of the Office of Network Services within the Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, State and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services. As an organization within FAS, ITS provides access to a wide range of commercial and custom IT products, services and solutions.

As the Director of Network Services Programs, Mr. Gavino is responsible for a portfolio of contracts that provide government agencies with a diverse set of telecommunications services valued at over $2 billion annually.  These offerings include:  Networx, Connections II, Custom SATCOM Solutions (CS2) and Custom SATCOM Solutions–Small Business (CS2-SB), Wireless FSSI and Managed Mobility, Federal Relay services for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and local telecommunications services contracts.  Mr. Gavino is also responsible for the Network Services 2020 Strategy to include Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS), and for program leadership across GSA’s 11 Regional Network Services organizations.


Sean_McIntyreSean McIntyre, Solutions Architect, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Sean McIntyre has been a Solutions Architect in the Service Delivery Division of NOAA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer since 2014. He is leading NOAA OCIO’s development of a commercial cloud computing shared service, optimization of NOAA’s private cloud shared service, and is leading efforts to optimize NOAA’s enterprise networking. 



Tim Sols PhotoTim Solms, US Federal and Managing Director Worldwide Government, Juniper Networks

Tim Solms is the Vice President, US Federal and Managing Director of Worldwide Government at Juniper Networks.  In his role he manages the sales, engineering, and operations for the Federal Government’s Defense, Intelligence, and Civilian businesses as well as the Federal Systems Integrators and partners.  Additionally provides executive oversight and support for Juniper’s Government businesses worldwide.


Tim serves as the President of AFCEA’s DC Chapter and Board of Directors and currently serves on several advisory boards in the technology space


Prior to Juniper, Tim was the General Manager for the Microsoft Department of Defense business where he had worldwide responsibility for all aspects of the business supporting the US Department of Defense. Previously Tim had executive management responsibility for the Defense and NATO businesses VMware and Dell where he managed multiple teams and was responsible for sales and solutions in the Intelligence & Homeland Security arena and the combined Federal OCONUS, DoD Healthcare, and Joint/Defense Agencies.  Before joining Dell, Tim enjoyed a career in the United States Army as an attack aviator serving in command and staff positions in the United States and overseas.


Tim graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina with a B.S. in Business Administration. Tim also enjoys sailing and flying and is a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight and Veteran’s Airlift Command – an organization that flies wounded soldiers to and from home and other activities.

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