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2022 Gibbons Lecture 1 - Cloud Computing: Everything as a Service

18 May 2022: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Lib B10 Lecture Theatre
General Library Basement, (109-B10)
The University of Auckland
5 Alfred Street, Auckland CBD, 1010

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Cloud Computing: Everything as a Service

Associate Professor David Eyers
Department of Computer Science, University of Otago

Cloud computing aims to transform information technology, moving away from the need to purchase hardware goods toward paid services that are provided on demand. This business model means IT can be rapidly and comprehensively scaled up and down as needed, both for commercial and consumer cloud users. Public cloud providers which host the services' underlying hardware benefit from extreme economies of scale. Technical innovations continue to power ever-greater reach and diversity of cloud services, typically at ever-decreasing prices.

In this talk, David will describe the key technical advances that have effected the spectacular rise of cloud computing, and how cloud technology looks set to evolve. Challenges that increasingly face cloud computing - such as data sovereignty, extreme resource consumption, and concentration of market share within the top few public cloud providers - appear to be accelerating the transition toward decentralised technologies.


Gibbons Memorial Lecture Series 2022: Above and beyond cloud computing

Cloud computing provides a sustainable solution that enables flexibility and cost savings. However with cloud computing there are also questions around accessibility, data governance and Māori data sovereignty.

With corporate sustainability efforts increasing and forecasts indicating that continued cloud adoption could reduce CO2 emissions substantially in the near future, industry and the public sector are adopting cloud solutions to offset the rate of power consumption while providing "safe" solutions. Safe solutions include hybrid clouds, offering the flexibility to distribute workloads over public servers, while keeping sensitive data on private servers.

This year, the Gibbons Lecture Series focuses on how cloud computing will evolve to meet the increasing demands of industry and the public sector. What can we expect next, beyond the cloud? How can cloud computing and beyond give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi? How can cloud accessibilty be improved for all? What is industry in Aotearoa New Zealand predicting? What are the new technologies on the horizon?

Wednesday 18 May: Cloud Computing: Everything as a Service

Wednesday 25 May: Māori Data Sovereignty - Ka mua, ka muri

Wednesday 1 June: Hey! You! Get onto my cloud! Going from the bottom of the sea to outer space for cloud coverage

Wednesday 8 June: What is the future of cloud computing in Aotearoa NZ?


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