In our last article, we looked at how, through a programmable fabric, public sector agencies can help deliver on complex missions today. But what can a programmable fabric do for the future of federal it? As it turns out, it will be able to do much more as more domains become connected in a multidomain architecture.
The hybrid work, with its myriad devices and endpoints, is here to stay, and experienced IT partners know that it will continue to evolve to bring greater interconnectivity. The cloud, data centers, enterprise networks, multiple campuses, and upcoming 5G applications, these domains are all part of a modern network. More importantly, agencies need to start planning for how to orchestrate all these different domains to ensure they work together as part of any plan for the future of federal IT.
While it is ideal to imagine each of these domains as natively integrated there are often issues where the overlapping domains create issues that range from mildly inefficient to majorly disruptive. This is where forward-thinking IT teams can utilize a multidomain architecture best. A programmable fabric, within a multidomain architecture, can stitch together domains and create an underlying cohesion, as well as grant enhanced visibility into the places where the network is struggling or succeeding.
Visibility into the network is one of the core tenants of a robust modern cybersecurity program and a core capability of multidomain architecture. With it, IT teams can implement automation and programmability that bolster software lifecycles making updates and upgrades to any domain far easier than today.
This is especially true for federal agencies that often still use legacy systems. While these systems are far less powerful or flexible than modern solutions, it’s a heavy lift to replace them, without having another domain to carry the load. Instead, programable fabric makes the decision far easier as it addresses many of the significant concerns.
Programmable fabrics offer a variety of opportunities for public sector agencies to create more responsive networks, a capability that will only become more important in the future. Ensuring that the latest technology, best practices, and cybersecurity solutions are readily available is something that a programable fabric within a multidomain architecture can do. Moreover, it’s something that every agency should investigate to meet the mission, not only today but well into the future of federal IT.
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