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"The Internet IS cloud computing," according to a holiday-time broadcast on National Public Radio. The program, called 'Will Cloud Computing Work in the White House' aired December 21 on NPR's All Things Considered and involved NPR's Andrea Seabrook discussing with security and technology experts how the White House computers should run under incoming President Barack Obama. The program focused on how cloud computing technology can potentially be used to improve government services - a much discussed topic as the new administration moves into the White House. Experts consulted included Google's Vint Cerf (a.k.a.'The Father of the Internet') and Dataline's expert on Cloud Computing Security, Kevin Jackson. Jackson discussed how cloud computing can make data and computing more secure than traditional systems. Cloud computing would also improve collaboration, an area that... (more)

Government IT Expo: eGov and Open Standards

When President Obama appointed his new federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, last week, Kundra announced ambitious plans to "democratize" federal government data by making it accessible in open formats and in data feeds. His plan calls for the creation of a single point of access to all public federal information. The idea is to enable the data to be accessed by developers whose applications will open up federal data to the sunlight of millions of citizens by encouraging them to scrutinize how the Recovery Act's dollars will be spent. As chief technology officer for the District of Columbi... (more)

Brand "Environment?" What's That?

Have you heard of the term “brand environment?”  Wondering what it means? It’s all the seemingly “little things” that comprise the environment around you.  Your brand environment includes everything from the carpeting in your office to your clothing, your techno-gadgets, and even where you might choose to host a dinner for your clients.  Each and every decision you make that might give others a “clue” about who you are and what you’re like equals your brand environment. As many of you may have already figured out I live in Pittsburgh, PA – the upcoming host to this year’s G-20 s... (more)

Google CEO To Stump for Obama

Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who missed out on being in Al Gore’s cabinet when Gore lost to Bush eight years ago, will campaign for Barack Obama starting with a panel on the economy Tuesday in Florida at which both will appear. Schmidt’s been an Obama advisor on technology and energy and describes his support as “personal.” Of course Google does have the little matter of its controversial Yahoo agreement before the Justice Department right now. ... (more)

Are the Good Times Back for Technology in 2009?

Trevor Doerksen's Blog What is going to happen to technology companies in 2009? If Democrats are good for technology what companies are Republicans good for - that is, what is going to happen to non-technology companies in 2009? Here's a look at some charts that correspond to leadership in the White House and performance of stocks. Have a look at some charts that correspond to leadership in the White House and performance of stocks. Starting with Bush Senior, a Republican, in 1988 you can see that the markets were pretty turbulent. One thing I notice over that 4-year terms is tha... (more)

Are Humans Really Necessary for Maintaining SLAs in the Cloud?

Eric Novikoff's Blog Are humans really necessary for maintaining SLAs? In today's cloud computing deployments, especially with systems like Amazon's EC2, the users' application is responsible for both measuring and taking action on application performance issues. This complicates deployment and coding, as well as tying your application to a particular cloud provider. However, I believe that the next generation of cloud deployment frameworks will be able to do this automatically, by integrating general-purpose monitoring applications with policy-based cloud management engines.  Wh... (more)