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Are State and Local Government Networks Ready for the Big Five of IT?

by Jeff Sejourne on ‎02-27-2014 12:34 PM - last edited on ‎10-23-2014 03:38 PM by (3,206 Views)

A new Meritalk study, underwritten by Brocade, examines how the implementation of the Big Five of IT-data center consolidationmobilitysecuritybig data, and cloud computing – will affect state and local government.  According to the report, most state and local organizations plan to fully deploy the Big Five in the next three years, but almost all say their agency is not fully prepared for the resulting demands on the IT organization and the network infrastructure.


The study examines:

  • The potential combined network impact of the Big Five
  • The current state of readiness for state and local agencies
  • How agencies can take advantage of Big Five benefits without bottlenecks, downtime, and security risks

As state and local government organizations grapple with more responsibility and tighter budgets, the Big Five promise to improve performance, productivity, and service.  While these agencies clearly see the Big Five benefits, survey results reveal that they are unprepared for the consequent demands on the rest of their IT infrastructure. In fact, if they fully deployed the Big Five today, 63 percent of state and local IT professionals say they would face moderate to significant network bottleneck risks and 89 percent say they would need additional network capacity to just maintain current service levels.


The study is based on an online survey of 201 state and local government IT professionals in December 2013. 

You can download the study from, you can also register for the "Big Five in Overdrive" Meritalk webinar on March 25th at 2 p.m. ET. A panel of government and industry experts will discuss Big Five challenges and opportunities, recommendations, and proven best practices at