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"If you virtualize more and more of the infrastructure, SDN does become a requirement," Wright said. The hurdles A lack of proven products often slows the adoption of new technology. But Herrell said the rst federal deploy- ments of NFV-like solutions happened before the term was coined in October 2012. At that time, a group in the European Telecommunications Standards Institute effectively de ned the market when it published an intro- ductory white paper on NFV. In general, industry watchers view service providers and carriers as the main markets for NFV gear thus far. Greater government in uence will probably hinge on wider SDN deployment, which remains in its infancy. Agencies are looking into SDN, but few have gone much further than that. The Defense Information Systems Agency, for example, "has been examining SDN to determine how it can help in our efforts to modernize DOD networking and deliver the Joint Information Environment," a Defense Depart- ment spokesman said. The spokesman added that DISA is seeking to deter- mine how SDN can best be integrated into its milCloud capability, which operates as an infrastructure-as-a-service and provisioning orchestration system installed in two data centers. Competing network needs are affecting the rate of adoption. "The major pacing factor for DISA is simply balanc- ing with the numerous other operational priorities that come from providing a global IT network that supports the nation's war ghters every day," the spokesman said. Pending wider SDN deployment, agencies might gain experience with NFV through highly speci c use cases. For instance, Herrell said NFV could nd a role in tacti- cal networks used in land vehicles such as Humvees. NFV reduces footprint, heat output and weight because it provides the necessary network functions virtually. "No additional hardware needs to reside inside the vehicle, which is already cramped with equipment and people," he said. NFV also comes to agencies indirectly via cloud serv- ice providers. Herrell said Amazon Web Services and Rackspace started incorporating NFV into their federal cloud offerings in the past 12 months. ■ 32 April 15, 2014 FCW.COM ExecTe c h SPONSORED BY Data Center Operations: Filling the Cybersecurity Gap BROUGHT TO YOU BY FREE WEBCAST SERIES: 3RD INSTALLMENT view ON DEMAND www.FCW.com/DataCenterOperations Join Ann Barron-DiCamillo, Director of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), as she offers insights into how agencies can ensure their growing data center operations keep pace with their cybersecurity requirements. You will learn: • Emerging tool types for advanced anomaly and intrusion detection on a large scale • How US-CERT manages its workforce to maintain awareness of the US Federal Government's security posture around the clock • Specific risks to watch out for in managing massive hosting environments, like maintaining patch cycles and applying the right BCPs
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