In a professional climate that demands nonstop productivity, organizations everywhere depend on their technology to keep pace. More than ever, federal agencies want systems and processes that reduce complexity and waste.

Even so, adopting and implementing new technology comes with a range of challenges, particularly for agencies dealing with budget constraints, workforce shortages and a lot of red tape. For IT professionals in particular, the pressure to balance efficiency and reliability with security and cost can be intimidating. The result? Potentially transformative technology remains just out of reach, despite all the benefits it may offer.

Take, for instance, the programmable network.

Programmability — which uses software instead of hardware to control network data  — has long since proven its merit in the commercial sector. Google, for instance, adopted programmability to create environments and solutions specifically tailored to its business needs. Such successes have sparked considerable conversation about how programmability could also transform federal infrastructures.

From improved security to operational efficiencies, programmable networks offer no shortage of benefits to federal agencies. And yet, many agencies remain uncertain about this technology and how to embrace it.

In this article for GCN, Force 3’s director of next-generation networking Jon Kim discusses some of the federal sector’s primary hurdles to adopting a programmable network, and some ideas to tackle them.

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