7/6/10

Prof. Ganger goes to Washington

From the classroom to Congress, Professor Gregory Ganger is sharing his cloud computing expertise. He recently testified about the pros and cons in Washington.

If you’re not familiar with the term, cloud computing is a way for computer users to share software, databases and other services that are provided or managed by other parties over the Web. It revolves around the Internet, as opposed to personal computing, where all data storage and processing occurs within the user’s computer and uses software loaded onto that computer.
Like most technology, there are both benefits and risks to cloud computing.

On the plus side, it has the potential to provide large efficiency improvements for federal information technology (IT) functions.

Among the challenges: moving federal IT “to the cloud” will require significant technical training for IT staff and explicit information sharing across a broad swath of federal agencies.

To find out more about what Granger had to say, watch the webcast or read his written testimony.

Ganger is head of Carnegie Mellon’s Parallel Data Lab and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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