What Really is Cloud Computing? (Cincinnati)

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6pm - 8pm EST Wednesday, December 18 2013
Brown Mackie College, 4805 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 45212
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Wayne on Nov 21, 2013

BDPA hosts ‘Cincinnati Blacks In Technology' to collaborate with the vibrant community of like-minded technology professionals of color in our city. The doors are wide open for those folks who passionate about all things technical. Our meetups encourage fun, socializing and high level talks on a variety of technology topics. IT recruiters and IT job seekers will share information in a face-to-face setting.

Our discussion this month focuses on Cloud Computing. "The cloud" is not so much a technology as it is a business model for centralizing IT resources by organizations and individuals. Cloud computing is a powerful force enabling significant cost benefits, a shift to mobile computing, big data analysis, and BYOD models being adopted by some in industry. NIST defines cloud computing as "a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction."

In his talk, Mark Stockman will give an overview of the cloud model, the benefits of utilizing cloud computing, security implications, considerations for tapping into a public cloud, and technologies needed to implement a private cloud. Each of the technical subsystems of the cloud infrastructure will be discussed; network, storage, and compute. The talk represents a summary of an undergraduate course on cloud computing Mark began teaching this year to students in the information technology program at the University of Cincinnati.

Mark Stockman is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati serving as a faculty member for the Networking/System Administration specialization in the Information Technology (IT) degree program. His research interests include systems administration, data center operations, server virtualization, cloud computing management, and IT pedagogy. With recent doctoral studies in criminology and crime prevention, he also has an interest in cyber-security. Specifically, Mark is investigating the applicability of criminological theories in the digital realm or cyber-criminology. Mr. Stockman is the Chair Ex-Officio of the ACM Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education (SIGITE), a community that has defined IT as an academic discipline, published a model undergraduate IT curriculum and helped create accreditation guidelines for IT programs, and is now defining and promoting the IT research agenda.

BDPA is blessed to have Mark sharing his expertise and wisdom with BDPA members at this meetup. Anyone ... regardless of race or color ... interested in tech is welcome!


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