Ahead in the Cloud - The Power of Infrastructure as a Service

Time: June 19, 2009 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: DEC@CIC


CyLab is pleased to join with CERT in sponsoring a special seminar series commemorating CERT's 20th year of operation!

For this seminar we welcome Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon.com, as our guest speaker at the CyLab/CERT Seminar, on Friday, June 19th at 12 pm Eastern. He will be presenting "Ahead in the Cloud- The Power of Infrastructure as a Service"

Please join us in the INI Distributed Education Center (DEC) on the Lobby level of the CIC building.  Lunch will be provided.

We hope to see you there!


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Talk Abstract:

Building the right infrastructure that can scale up or down at a moment's notice can be a complicated and expensive task, but it's essential in today's business landscape. This applies to an enterprise trying to cut-costs, a young business unexpectedly saturated with customer demand, or a start-up looking to launch. There are many challenges when building a reliable, flexible architecture that can manage unpredictable behaviors of today's internet business. This presentation will review some of the lessons learned from building one of the world's largest distributed systems; Amazon.com. The focus will be on state management which is one of the dominating factors in the scalability, reliability, performance and cost-effectiveness of the overall system.


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Werner Vogels is Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Amazon.com where he is responsible for driving the company's technology vision, which is to continuously enhance the innovation on behalf of Amazon’s customers at a global scale. Prior to joining Amazon, Dr. Vogels worked as a researcher at the Computer Science Department at Cornell University where he was a principal investigator in several research projects that target the scalability and robustness of mission-critical enterprise computing systems. He has held positions of VP of Technology and CTO in companies that handled the transition of academic technology into industry. Dr. Vogels holds a Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has authored many articles for journals and conferences, most of them on distributed systems technologies for enterprise computing.