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2022 Gibbons Lecture 3 - Hey! You! Get onto my cloud! Going from the bottom of the sea to outer space for cloud coverage

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

Dr Ulrich Speidel
School of Computer Science, University of Auckland

For most of us, the Internet and cloud connectivity is a cheap commodity. But for billions of people, it isn't. Geographic isolation, poverty and sometimes politics get in the way, including in our own neighbourhood; the Pacific Islands. Whether by cable or via satellite, connecting such remote locations is also logistically challenging. How do we overcome these challenges and make best use of the opportunities we have for everyone's benefit?

While many major islands in the Pacific now have cable connectivity, it often lacks resilient backups, as recently demonstrated by the volcanic eruption in Tonga. Many smaller islands in the Pacific still rely on inadequate satellite connections. But Internet in the Pacific is a happening space, and there are exciting developments both in the submarine world, and up in the sky.


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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