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What’s Next in Government IT? Get a Sneak Preview through the Federal Forum Technical Track

by walkerj on ‎06-06-2016 10:23 AM (14,882 Views)

2016 will mark the fifth year government and industry leaders have come together to discuss IT infrastructure modernization, emerging tech trends and more at the 2016 Federal Forum, presented by Brocade.


For those with a greater interest in the technologies impacting government, the tech track provides a deeper level of insight. The tech track complements the technology pavilion and is designed specifically for techies, covering topics like network security, software-defined networking and DevOps.


As we prepare to take a deeper dive into network modernization at the Forum, here’s a preview of three key conversations that will frame the technical track.


Network Security: As the number of IoT devices continues to grow, so do opportunities for adversaries to gain access to government systems. Proactively addressing this challenge involves selecting dynamic security solutions that are integrated into networks and can adjust to evolving information just as quickly as agency adversaries can adjust within cyberspace. Security – specifically analytical driven security – will be explored during the tech track as a part of a presentation given by Dr. Chip Copper, Brocade’s Global Solutions Architect.


Software Defined Networks: The SDN evolution is based on utilizing software to address networking issues that we have simply accepted based on the protocols and design rules of the past. Agency end users expect efficient service delivery, demanding IT infrastructure agile enough to adjust based on application delivery needs. With SDN, administrators need only to make modifications once and then apply those modifications independently across the enterprise. As a part of this track, David Stern, Sr. Electronics Engineer & SDN Technical Lead, DISA, will discuss SDN and NFV use cases, providing a view into the benefits of these technologies in action.


DevOps: More of a change in culture than technology a DevOps mentality focuses on determining how software can address a problem, growing and scaling as requirements evolve. Once a workflow is defined and execution begins DevOps techniques can be leveraged. This could include the adoption of existing tools that are integrated based on evolving needs or the development of specialized capabilities that solve emerging challenges. The important takeaway is that there is a shift in mindset to focus on overall service delivery. Mike Bushong, VP, Product Management, Software Networking, Brocade will speak to how a DevOps mindset is changing how government approaches IT implementations.


Agencies are transitioning from talking about change to actually taking action. We must work together and exchange ideas to leverage these new techniques to solve the federal IT community’s most tremendous challenges. The 2016 Federal Forum presents an outlet to do just that. Register to attend this year’s Technical Track at Federal Forum by visiting:


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