Advantages, challenges of cloud computing discussed Oct. 10 at NJIT

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Contact: Sheryl Weinstein 973-596-3436 New Jersey Institute of Technology

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


NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls more than 9,558 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2011 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.

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