RD617 - 2023 Network Infrastructure Report – November 2023

Executive Summary:

The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) is submitting the Commonwealth’s network infrastructure report, pursuant to Item 91(E) of the 2023 Special Session I Amendments to the 2023 Appropriation Act, which provides:

"The Virginia Information Technologies Agency shall provide a network infrastructure report to the House Appropriations Committee, Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee, and Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission by November 1 of each year. The report shall indicate whether the Commonwealth's network infrastructure is adequate to meet the needs of state agencies, and if not, identify any needed upgrades. For each network infrastructure upgrade identified, the report shall specify the estimated cost and whether the upgrade is to the portion of the network maintained by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency or another state agency."

This report covers December 2022 to November 2023. VITA thanks policymakers for this opportunity to report on this subject of utmost importance.

VITA provides information technology (IT) infrastructure services to the Commonwealth’s approximately 65 executive branch state agencies and a workforce of over 65,000 state employees, equipping and empowering executive branch agencies to serve Virginia’s 8.6 million residents. Network infrastructure includes software and hardware that helps run and maintain the Commonwealth’s IT network. Network infrastructure forms the foundation for almost all government interactions with Virginians. Numerous initiatives have been undertaken to bolster network reliability and performance. These efforts include voice and data modernization, building a zero-trust security framework, private and public cloud migrations, and performance and network monitoring. This report details the progress since the last report and the network infrastructure needs of state agencies.