Government agencies are under increasing pressure to improve efficiency, share information more readily and execute on ever expanding congressional mandates.

To meet these demands, a number of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiatives including Netcentricity, Civilian Centered Services, e-Government and more are now underway, all of which require data distributed across multiple agencies and a myriad of mission-critical systems.

Further, there is an expectation—and often a compelling need—to access, integrate, and deliver this diverse information faster and more cost effectively than ever before.

Cisco Data Virtualization Solutions for the Federal Government

Numerous government agencies, across civilian, defense and intelligence, rely on the Cisco Data Virtualization Platform, to provide the diverse, distributed information required in support of a range of strategic initiatives and IT projects.

Cisco data virtualization is a critical success factor in a federal agency’s ability to be agile and cost effective when integrating the key information required to its customers – citizens, industry, and other agencies or departments. Significant benefits include:

  • Increase Responsiveness – Accelerate time to solution for new information requirements
  • Improve Productivity – Ensure civilian, military, and intelligence staff can access all the information they require
  • Reduce Costs – Avoid long data integration development cycles and excess data replication
  • Decrease Risk – Provide complete visibility across agencies
  • Ensure Compliance – Meet FEA and SOA information standards

Cisco Supports the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) Model

According to the FEA Program Management Office:
Federated Data Management is an architecture for managing and accessing information data and metadata across physical boundaries, which may be system to system, department to department, or enterprise to enterprise boundaries.”

Cisco data services are key enablers for the following FEA components:

  • Service Component Reference Model
  • Technical Reference Model
  • Data Reference Model

Selected Examples

  • Cross-agency Data Sharing – Cisco data virtualization can help the government share data held in disparate IT systems and groups, presenting information in a uniform fashion.  For example, government agencies can virtually gather and share data concerning the experimentation and distribution of hazardous substances from the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Agriculture, federally funded university projects, and more.
  • Legacy Modernization – Public sector agencies can realize significant savings in time and costs by turning to virtualization to increase their IT efficiency. The federal government is encouraging IT modernization efforts by passing legislation and providing funding for various initiatives. These existing plans and initiatives include the 25-Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal IT Management, the Department of Defense’s CIO 10 Point Plan for IT Modernization, the OMB Digital Government Strategy, and the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative.
  • Dashboards and Portals – To provide the data government agencies and citizens require, Cisco data virtualization simplifies the process of turning disparate source data into easy-to-consume data for dashboards, self-service portals, and more.  For example, a Department of the Interior agency as well as citizens can easily have an instant, comprehensive view of park attendance, weather reports, upcoming park activities, and more.
  • Single View of Criminal/Terrorist – Selected agencies can use Cisco data virtualization to deliver real-time or near real-time access to data across multiple underlying systems. For example, this capability would allow the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to pull seemingly innocuous information from multiple partners throughout the intelligence community, Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, to identify a potential terrorist.
  • Operational Business Intelligence – Cisco data virtualization enables on-demand capture and analysis of operational data, helping government agencies to make better decisions.  For example, agencies may be spending billions of dollars in over payment of many workers compensation cases.  Cisco data virtualization can simplify on-demand access and integration of claims and payment systems giving agencies greater visibility into fraudulent cases, while avoiding expired cases.
  • Intelligence Analyst Workbench – Intelligence agencies can use Cisco data virtualization to aggregate information on suspected terrorist cell activities (e.g., flight school training, biohazard research activities, and militia group activity) from individual agencies in order to consolidate information into a repository of actionable intelligence.
  • Data Center One-Stop – In support of the E-Gov initiative for developing an IT Infrastructure Line of Business, Cisco can develop a single face for the interoperability of data center functions across all sectors, partners, and government levels.
  • Single View of Disaster Victim – Government agencies can use Cisco data virtualization to get a real-time view of the inter-governmental services offered to a disaster victim following a natural or other disaster (e.g., housing allowance, transportation vouchers, monetary voucher, and child care assistance). The result would enable FEMA to better assist victims and safeguard against fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars.
  • Access Control and Visitor Management – Cisco data virtualization enables federation of disparate data from multiple systems that contain people data and integrates the data into a single view of a visitor. Then it delivers the information to a dashboard for the Secret Service to make precise decisions and take immediate action.