NOAA IT Executive Jeff Flick on next generation of network infrastructure

When it comes to gathering data, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is one of the most network-intensive agencies around.

“’The network consists of a little over 2,100 locations,’ Jeff Flick, the Acting Director of NOAA’s Enterprise Network Program Office, said on Federal Insights — EIS. ‘Just around 400 of those locations are manned locations.’”

There are super-computing sites, which require low latency, high bandwidth-type environments, all the way down to remote sensors that require very little bandwidth. This presents a challenging environment for telecommunications, and Flick suggested the time has come to replace the current infrastructure at NOAA.

“’Some of the technologies are, I don’t want to say archaic, but they’re very resilient, because we’ve had them for so many years,’ he told Federal Drive with Tom Temin. ‘But with the TDM retirement, we’re being forced to upgrade various legs of those pathways to more modern technologies, which force the evolution of sensory technology as well.’”

“TDM stands for time division multiplexing, ‘the older, copper infrastructure that is being retired by the carriers,’ he said. In the future, NOAA is looking to move into wireless opportunities where that’s available…” Read the full article here.

Source: NOAA’s next generation of network infrastructure – By Peter Musurlian, July 7, 2020. Federal News Network.


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