Open Source, Virtualization

Open Source’s Evolution in Federal Government


VMware Vice President of Federal Business, Bill Rowan, recently sat down with ExecutiveBiz to talk about the future of Open Source technologies in the federal government. A couple takeaways from the interview:

  • The move from mainframes to PC to client and now to the cloud has forced process changes within agencies to effectively utilize the tools. As a result, we will always play catch up as we focus on organizational and operational changes needed to harness and take advantage of those tools.
  • Real-time data analytics are key for agencies across the government in completing their missions and keeping infrastructure and people secure, however, sometimes concerns over IT security can get in the way of implementation.
  • While OpenStack solutions may not be a fit for everybody, they should be considered. The real challenge is the inability of government organizations to acquire and retain talent that can help them with the programming aspects of OpenStack.
  • FedRAMP is a solid baseline for creating processes and controls to help the U.S. Federal Government’s cybersecurity posture.
  • One emerging area within network virtualization is micro-segmentation. People who understand the power of virtualization have said we can use it not only as a tool to help save money and collapse infrastructure, but also to utilize the same methods for better protecting ourselves in the future.

To read the full interview, click here.

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