Providing communications services to the government is a big challenge. It takes research, planning, RFPs, analysis, integration and execution.
The true litmus test, of course, is how effectively the deployment works in the end. Will it deliver the access and speeds required, and seamlessly integrate with disparate systems? Does it meet the needs of those who will use it every day? Is the communications service manageable from an IT infrastructure and administrative standpoint, and most importantly — is it secure?
When you consider the objectives of GSA’s Network Services 2020 (NS2020) — the strategy for government’s next generation of telecommunications and information technology infrastructure services — it’s evident that the government is serious about providing communications resources that align with federal agencies’ requirements and help them to efficiently accomplish their mission. Moreover, understanding what communications services are available today and what will be available in the next several years becomes even more significant in order for individual government sectors to achieve their short- and long-term goals.
Fortunately, there is an upcoming event that aligns with GSA’s telecom and IT infrastructure objectives.
On 7 November at the Hilton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, MEF16 will bring together 1,200-plus attendees from 300-plus organizations, including 275-plus service and technology executives, and 120-plus industry-leading speakers that are shaping the future of the communications landscape. The MEF16 event is organized by MEF, an industry association well-known for having enabled the $80B Carrier Ethernet market, and which is the driving force for the development and implementation of agile, assured and orchestrated “Third Network” services that provide user-directed control over network resources and cloud connectivity.
As MEF16 will demonstrate, the Internet is everywhere and available on-demand, but requires service guarantees as well as assured performance and security. Optimized for real-time traffic, QoS-enabled, secured traffic and integration of value-added network functions-as-a-service, Third Network services are delivered over more automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by Carrier Ethernet 2.0, LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN and NFV.
MEF16 will feature workshops, thought-provoking keynotes, roundtables and panel discussions. The MEF16 Proof of Concept Showcase will spotlight innovations from teams of service providers and network and service orchestration technology providers that are advancing the Third Network services and technology landscape. The event also offers excellent networking opportunities whereby attendees can expand their expertise and apply what they learn to their daily work environment. MEF16 attracts a broad cross section of attendees, including government and defense employees, systems integrators, network service providers, equipment vendors and IT professionals that are focused on enabling Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world.
Government and defense employees attend MEF16 for free. System integrators may use code Exec Mosaic15% when registering to receive 15% off your registration. To learn more or register, visit www.MEF16.com.
We look forward to your participation in the evolving world of communications at MEF16.