Network Modernization — A FedScoop Special Report

As agencies across government look to transform their IT enterprises in the cloud and with emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, it’s imperative they also modernize their network infrastructures to support those new digital environments.

In late 2019, the Federal CIO Council published a white paper describing how agencies must look to capitalize on new developments in networking, such as SD-WAN, virtualization and 5G.

“Computer networks are fundamental to all information technology and the digital economy,” it says. “The ways in which agencies manage and secure their networks will change significantly in the coming years as network management is becoming increasingly virtualized and faster mobile network technology becomes available.”

And that rings even more true today, nearly two years later, as the federal government seeks greater connectivity than ever before to support a boom in remote work, in-the-field operations and seamless sharing of data amongst agencies.

Key to much of this are ongoing efforts across the federal government, such as the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract, that look to embrace next-generation networking infrastructure upgrades, looking to leapfrog into the future rather than just refresh aging technology.

There are also policies and new frameworks federal IT officials must take into account, such as the Trusted Internet Connection 3.0 policy and the Biden administration’s mandate for the adoption of zero-trust network architectures for security.

This special report, which will be updated in the weeks following its initial publication, will explore the federal government’s ongoing network modernization initiatives for both civilian and defense agencies, including EIS, the adoption of 5G and much more.