Agencies need to modernize and transform their networks to take advantage of the emerging technologies, cloud applications and improve security.
The Reston, Virginia-based firm won the largest portion of the long-awaited NGEN-R contract, valued at up to $7.7 billion.
Sonny Bhagowalia, the deputy assistant commissioner and deputy chief information officer in the Office of Information and Technology at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection directorate in the Homeland Security Department, said the agency is addressing network and bandwidth challenges, first and foremost, and then securely connecting devices and data to agents through the cloud.
Bill Marion, the Air Force’s deputy CIO, said the service hopes to unify technology, data and business transformation from operational and implementation perspectives.
The Navy’s Program Executive Office-Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions issued the Next Generation Enterprise Network Recompete (NGEN-R) for service management, integration and transport services.
John Zangardi, the DHS CIO, said he wants to take a multiple provider, hybrid approach in moving applications, the network and data to the cloud.
Two feds who have experience moving to the cloud offered up lessons learned from their experience, including the one thing that makes all the difference.
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 set-up. As soon as agencies seemed to have gotten this client-server approach down, in comes the managed services, which morphed really into cloud computing and the as-a-service approach to running networks. Now, we are in a third phase, some call it software-defined networking. Others say it’s part of the cloud evolution where the software running the network is really in charge and not the hardware.
Michael Jeffries, the chief information officer of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, said version 2 of the agency’s e-file system is based on user feedback and needs.
The internet is getting more complex as more devices come on board, so to speak. The threats to agency and organization’s networks, applications and data also are evolving–the latest example is ransomware.
All of this is leading uncertainty from users and executives about how best to secure the network and data.