David Kirkpatrick

October 9, 2009

Cloud computing in D.C.

Filed under: Politics, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:40 pm

CIO.com carried two stories today on cloud computing in Washington. The first covers a cloud computing conference in D.C. going on this week, and the second covers an endorsement of cloud computing by the CIA for internal use.

From the second link:

One of the U.S. government’s strongest advocates of cloud computing is also one of its most secretive operations: the Central Intelligence Agency. But the CIA has adopted cloud computing in a big way, and the agency believes that the cloud approach makes IT environments more flexible and secure.

Jill Tummler Singer, the CIA’s deputy CIO, says that she sees enormous benefits to a cloud approach. And while the CIA has been moving steadily to build a cloud-friendly infrastructure — it has adopted virtualization, among other things — cloud computing is still a relatively new idea among federal agencies.

“Cloud computing as a term really didn’t hit our vocabulary until a year ago,” said Singer.

But now that the CIA is building an internal cloud, Singer sees numerous benefits. For example, a cloud approach could bolster security , in part, because it entails the use of a standards-based environment that reduces complexity and allows faster deployment of patches.

“By keeping the cloud inside your firewalls, you can focus your strongest intrusion-detection and -prevention sensors on your perimeter, thus gaining significant advantage over the most common attack vector, the Internet,” said Singer.

November 11, 2008

Majority of voters fine with Democratic takeover

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 8:38 pm

This is truly surprising to me.The ,single biggest qualm I had in voting for Obama is having one-party rule for at least two years. I think DC works best with a divided government.

The GOP brand is very, very tarnished. Probably doesn’t help having Palin on the “no my fault” tour right now.

From the link:

In the closing days of the campaign, lots and lots of Repubs sounded dire warnings about the liberal stranglehold one-party Dem rule would put on Washington. But it turns out that a solid majority of voters rather likes the idea:

In the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Tuesday, 59 percent of those questioned said Democratic control of both the executive and legislative branches will be good for the country, compared with 38 percent saying such one-party control will be bad.

Obviously Dems are enjoying the fruits of the GOP’s badly damaged brand here. More broadly, though, it suggests that Dems have a big opportunity.