Cloud Security

Never Say Never: Apps On, Off the Cloud

Dave McQueeney, CTO
IBM's U.S. Federal Business
Cloud computing is a good patch of virtual turf for low-hanging fruit, relatively easy to achieve computing such as software development and testing. And, that's where many federal government agencies are beginning to employ cloud computing services, Dave McQueeney, chief technology officer of IBM's U.S. federal business, says in an interview with

Yet are there apps that should never be on the cloud? McQueeney hesitates, but says:

"It's probably a little risky to say something would or would not ever move somewhere, but if we talk about some of the most sensitive, classified data in the U.S. government, that would not be high on the list of things that would be easy to move into a cloud environment. I would hesitate to speculate never but, you know, I think there are some that would tend to remain inside the enterprise."

In the interview, McQueeney discusses the:

Security advantages the cloud offers;

  • Advantages for governments to use private, multt-tenancy clouds;
  • Two initiatives IBM unveiled Monday to bring cloud offerings to government, one for federal agencies and the other for local, county and municipal governments.

McQueeney's wide-ranging experience includes solid state physics, high-speed interconnect design, distributed software development tools and to government-specific industry solutions. He spent half of his career as a researcher and research executive, and half in IBM's customer-facing units including global sales and distribution, acting as the global government solutions general manager and leader of the Federal Systems Integration services unit.

Prior to joining IBM's federal team, McQueeney led the IBM global services intellectual property and global competencies team. He has held a number of significant positions in IBM research, including director of the IBM Zurich research laboratory, vice president of communication technology, and vice president of technical strategy and worldwide operations.

He began at IBM in the research division in 1988. McQueeney earned a master and doctorage in solid-state physics from Cornell University and an bachelor. in physics from Dartmouth College.

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