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Advantages, Challenges of Cloud Computing Discussed Oct. 10 at NJIT

Cloud computing is a hot topic in cyber-circles and the popular media.  But what are the real advantages of computing in the clouds, and what are the challenges, including security?  A panel of experts will explore these topics at NJIT’s next Technology and Society Forum session on Oct. 10, 2012 in the Campus Center Atrium from 3-4:30 p.m.  The public is invited to this free talk.  

Four speakers from industry and academe, including two NJIT professors, will be available in a spirited panel discussion.  The speakers include Telx Senior Vice President Joe Weinman.  Weinman has held executive positions at AT&T, Hewlett-Packard and Bell Laboratories.  Named a "Top 10 Cloud Computing Leader" by TechTarget, Weinman is the author of the just- published Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing (Wiley, September, 2012).  The book offers ideas, insights, and inspiration for leaders of established companies and for aspiring entrepreneurs who dream of being the force behind the next Amazon, Google, Facebook, or Twitter.  He has been awarded 15 U.S. and international patents.  His work has been showcased in numerous print and online publications and global video broadcasts.

Another speaker will be Bank of America Senior Vice President Gilbert Gatchalian.  Gatchalian’s computing background spans industries that include finance, manufacturing, the law, media and entertainment.  Gatchalian has designed web-hosting platforms for NYSE Euronext and e-commerce and marketing sites for Sony Music.  He has developed infrastructure-as-a-service and cloud hosting platforms using technologies by Amazon Web Services, Rightscale, Rackspace and other hosting and software service providers.

From NJIT, Assistant Professor Reza Curtmola in the Computer Sciences Department, will add his viewpoint.  Curtmola’s research focuses on the security of cloud services, applied cryptography and the security of wireless networks.  He is the recipient of an NSF Career award and is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society.

NJIT Assistant Professor Xiaoning Ding, also in the College of Computing Sciences, will also be available.  Ding previously worked at the Intel Science and Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University.  The results of his multi-core system research have been used by Intel and Red Hat.  In addition to cloud computing and distributed systems, his current research interests include computer architecture, operating systems and database systems.

NJIT is easily available by either automobile or public transportation.  Street parking is usually available.  For public transportation, use the NJIT/Warren Street stop on the NJ Transit Newark City Light Rail, available from Newark Penn Station.  For directions and more information, please visit http://www.njit.edu/about/visit/gettingtonjit.php.

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.