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2022 Gibbons Lecture 4 - What is the future of cloud computing in Aotearoa NZ?

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

Panel facilitated by Dr Danielle Lottridge
School of Computer Science, University of Auckland

Modern businesses are awash in an ocean of routinely collected data. Cloud Computing is the go-to solution for managing this data, and claims to save on costs and time while providing omnipresence, reliability, flexibility, and better performance. This talk explores how these claims have panned out, especially for early Cloud adopters, and asks: How is Cloud Computing changing small, medium, and large businesses, and what are the projections for 5 years from now?

Cloud Computing has already changed foundational architecture and reconceptualised applications, which are deployed as microservices. Years ago, companies might aim to 'scale'. Now companies are choosing to 'hyperscale' with options including hybrid cloud (i.e., mixing on-premises, private and public cloud) or moving to the 'edge' (i.e., bringing computing nearer to the source of the data). What are the trends for these choices, and what are implications of them for business and consumers?

This panel brings together representation from the world' biggest cloud providers to discuss the present and future of Cloud Computing.


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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