Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 30, 2009
A new white paper from BizTechReports.Com entitled “The Role of IT Infrastructure Performance in the Federal Border, Transportation and Security Environment” demonstrates that wide-area network (WAN) infrastructures are playing an increasingly vital role in supporting the homeland security mission. To explore the key considerations that should be addressed by officials tasked with harnessing technology to meet the homeland security mission, the editors of BizTechReports. (http://www.biztechreports.com) met with subject matter experts at San Francisco-based Riverbed Technology to gather key insights into emerging trends and best practices for WAN optimization within the homeland security community.
The community of federal, state and local agencies tasked with protecting people, property and institutions within the United States against natural disasters and man-made threats operates in an information- and communications-intense environment. It is not an exaggeration to state that, in this environment, getting the right information to the right people, at the right time, and at the right place can spell the difference between life and death. However, achieving the high levels of interconnectivity and interoperability necessary for effective collaboration across these agencies is complicated by a number of factors. Agencies tasked with the homeland security mission:
Are dispersed throughout the country;
Operate across jurisdictions and thus have multiple chains of command; and
Have a complex array of legacy technologies and applications that must be linked in a meaningful manner to foster cross-agency cooperation.
These factors can inhibit the ability of agencies to effectively share vital information in real-time. Among the infrastructure elements that link first responders, key decision-makers and mission-critical applications across the federal border, transportation and security community are wide area networks. Consequently, the WAN is emerging as a strategic asset in the homeland security community that supports:
Organizations that are looking for ways to enable mobile and remote staff as well as field agents;
Agencies seeking both operational and cost efficiencies by consolidating information processing infrastructures through virtualization; and
Senior officials exploring ways to facilitate collaboration, increase security and accelerate the decision-making process.
In the federal border, transportation and security environment, specifically, there are a variety of dedicated and shared WANs that interconnect people, processes and technologies across the country. There is a growing consensus that the ability to ensure operational readiness, optimize response to threats, act on credible intelligence and implement policy effectively is now inextricably tied to the performance of the IT infrastructure in general – and the WAN infrastructure in particular.