The costs of legacy architecture are pulling government down. Resisting the shift to virtualization, or software-defined networking, can result in unsecured data, higher long-term financial burdens and slowed responses to mission-critical priorities. In November 2015, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance held a forum on virtualization and information sharing to create a sense of urgency in the public sector to embrace this change and evolve.
In the post-forum video interviews with Federal News Radio Custom Media Director Jason Fornicola, Chris Smith, vice president of technology at AT&T Government Solutions, says the benefit for organizations to use their established infrastructure is that they already made the initial investment of $120 billion dollars to build those capabilities. Bob Fortna, vice president of Juniper Networks’ defense sector, reminds the audience that the shift to virtualization is evolutionary, not revolutionary, and that people expect virtualization in their workplace. Jill Singer, vice president of national security at AT&T Government Solutions, says 75 percent of our network will be software-defined by 2020.
As Terry Roberts, co-chair of INSA’s cyber council, says, "Industry really owns this space." AT&T and Juniper networks have collaborated to provide the public and private sectors scaled infrastructure to suit their clients' needs. By sponsoring this event and one-on-one post-forum interviews with government and industry experts, AT&T Government Solutions and Juniper Networks create awareness of the tailored services they can provide their clients alongside the message of urgency to virtualize networks.