Davis Johnson, vice president ofÂ U.S. public sector at Riverbed Technology, has saidÂ he believes federal agencies should prioritize network modernization when updating their information technology systems.
Johnson wrote in a GCN article published Thursday that the adoption of a software-defined wide-area network seeks to help agencies streamline network management and optimize cloud-based applications.
He noted that there are four main phases of cloud modernization and those include planning, migration, management and improvement.
One of the major elements of a cloud modernization plan is the implementation of a network designed to support each of those phases.
â€œPrioritizing the networking aspect of IT assets enables a smoother migration, more transparency when managing the system and the flexibility to improve it over time without worrying about bandwidth issues,â€ he added.
Johnson said that an updated network works to provide IT managers greater visibility into network traffic and helps them detect cyber threats and facilitate the delivery of citizen services.