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How Software-Defined Redefines the Value of Government IT

Government IT operations and mission outcomes are not mutually exclusive. As agencies adjust to evolving political, cultural, economic, and technological norms, so must their IT plans and priorities. Software-defined compute changed the game for government IT, allowing agencies to virtualize physical servers and reduce their dependency on hardware. As advances in software-defined infrastructure technology persist, so does the urgency of government IT to modernize all facets of the data center to better support the mission, protect sensitive data, and maximize the value of investments.

Modern-day service delivery starts with a modern data center. While the majority of agencies have virtualized compute, many still rely on traditional storage and networking constructs—essentially missing out on the opportunities that software affords them. By extending the same software-defined capabilities to storage and network layers as they did to compute, agencies can build fully software-defined data centers capable of powerful end-to-end automation—enabling agencies to significantly increase efficiency, optimize performance, improve workload placement, strengthen security, and reduce the cost of virtualized infrastructure. This level of infrastructure and application automation is unprecedented, and only achievable with the software-defined data center (SDDC).

The SDDC also supports agencies in their desire for consumption-based, shared services models across public, private, and hybrid clouds. Through an enterprise-ready cloud management platform (CMP), agencies can intelligently manage the health, performance, capacity, configuration, and chargeback of cloud infrastructure on demand.

A software-defined approach to cybersecurity has also become necessary to keep pace with evolving cyber threats. With the ability to abstract applications from underlying infrastructure, and attach policy-based security controls across users, applications, and endpoints, the SDDC enables an intrinsically stronger foundation for protecting agency data and maintaining compliance. The SDDC also plays a key role in preventing the new wave of East-West network attacks by—you guessed it—abstracting networks from underlying physical infrastructure and embedding security policies directly into the hypervisor and individual workloads, independent of network topology.

The pace of technology is moving full steam ahead. If you’re wondering where to go next, start with the data center. With a software-defined approach to data center infrastructure, management, and security, you’ll not only fortify your agency’s computing environment, but you’ll also fortify the department’s value across the scope of the agency’s mission.


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