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FCW : November 15, 2012
It has been a long and sometimes frustrating road, but by the end of 2012, most federal agencies will have fully transitioned to contracts under the Networx program. Although this is an important milestone, it is only the first step in realizing the promise of what the Networx program can truly offer. In a nutshell, GSA's Networx program is a set of contracts that enables federal agencies to build seamless, secure operating environments through customized telecommunications services. But, when implemented thoughtfully, Networx promises so much more. With many advanced features, Networx has the potential to deliver next-generation solutions that can bring agencies to the next level, not only by creating greater efficiencies, but also by enabling new and important capabilities. "Networx is well thought-out as a contract vehicle that offers the perfect opportunity for agencies and the right contractor to craft solutions that bring them to the next level," said Diana Gowen, senior vice president and general manager for CenturyLink Government. Making the most of Networx Gowen points to three areas in particular where Networx can serve as a starting point for true transformation: the move to next- generation wide area networks, data center consolidation and virtualization, and cybersecurity. "Transitioning to next-generation wide area networks by creating an end-to-end Ethernet infrastructure is the best way for agencies to flatten and simplify their networks," Gowen said. A contractor that fully understands an agency's wide area networking needs, working with the millions of CLINs (contract line items) available under Networx, can transform an agency's network into one that can best take advantage of cloud computing and state-of-the- art applications. Although Networx may not, on the surface, seem like an important building block to help agencies with data center consolidation and virtualization initiatives, it is actually an important underpinning. The issue, as Gowen explains, is that neither data center consolidation nor virtualization can truly take place without a viable network and the network security that accompanies it. Both of these issues can be remedied with the hosting, virtualization, consolidation and security functions that are available The promise of Networx: It's only just begun "It's about taking the building blocks and crafting real solutions. It's also about thoroughly understanding what the agency needs, which is where CenturyLink excels." Diana Gowen, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, CenturyLink Public Sector TRANSFORMING THE FUTURE SPONSORED CONTENT
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