While many government agencies are embracing automation, the reality is that this is the first step in the overall cloud journey to network modernization.

To truly bring the cloud to life, this effort should be accompanied by the concept of cloud orchestration, which is the arranging of various automated tasks into coordinated, seamless and highly efficient workflow processes.

This was the key idea behind a new Federal Times guest article by David Mihelcic, head of federal technology and strategy for Juniper Networks.

According to Mihelcic, cloud orchestration “allows agencies to integrate data center infrastructure management and automation tools with the underlying cloud infrastructure. It allows for unified and simplified management of the infrastructure to ensure that the system is working in a highly efficient manner.” In other words, all components are dependent on one another to create an optimized, reliable, secure and agile network.

Mihelcic also discussed these three points in order to establish harmony in an agency’s modernized network:

  1. Apply automation and orchestration across all phases of the infrastructure lifecycle
  2. Embrace open standards
  3. Integrate security into the cloud infrastructure

As we highlighted in a previous GovTransformer article, Mihelcic has deep expertise in the government IT arena, recently joining Juniper from DISA. In his previous role, he led DISA’s engineering and technology efforts establishing a culture of innovation and a pipeline for introducing leading edge commercial technologies into the agency. Additionally, Mihelcic served as the head of network engineering and had a major role in the Global Information Grid Bandwidth Expansion Program, a large-scale DoD net-centric transformational initiative that led to the largest increase in DoD communications capability and bandwidth ever.

By showcasing the concept of cloud orchestration, Mihelcic is offering the right insights to help agency IT leaders bring the promise of the cloud to life. As he stated at the end of the article, this will ultimately enable IT staff to focus on mission-critical tasks – which is always the top priority.