CERN Computing Colloquium

Seeing Beyond the Cloud: New Applications, Opportunities, and Challenges in a Cloud-Centric World

by Dr Nathaniel Borenstein (Chief Scientist at Mimecast)

40/S2-D01 - Salle Dirac (CERN)

40/S2-D01 - Salle Dirac


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Discussions about the cloud have largely focused on the mechanics of the cloud, the challenges of moving traditional applications to the cloud, and generally on reasons for moving to the cloud. Cloud computing has been, for the most part, sold, justified, and appreciated on grounds of economy and efficiency.
However, we are rapidly entering a world in which the cloud is an accepted, increasingly mundane fact of life, but one that informs and underlies nearly every aspect of information service delivery.
In this talk I will explore what will be different in such a world. What new kinds of services might emerge once cloud computing is ubiquitous?
How will cloud-based business intelligence empower businesses?  What new kinds of security and privacy issues will these applications entail?
What new kinds of threats might command the attention of IT executives, consumers, regulators, and policymakers? While I will offer possible answers to some of these questions, I expect to raise more questions than I can answer.


Nathaniel Borenstein is Chief Scientist of cloud-based email management company Mimecast, where he is responsible for driving the company’s product evolution and technological innovation.  Dr. Borenstein is the co-creator of the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) standard and developer of the Andrew Mail System, the metamail software, and the ATOMICMAIL and Safe-Tcl programming languages.  Prior to joining Mimecast, Dr. Borenstein worked as an IBM Distinguished Engineer, responsible for research and standards strategy for the Lotus brand, and as a faculty member at the University of Michigan and Carnegie-Mellon University.  He earlier founded two successful Internet cloud service start-ups; First Virtual Holdings, the first Internet payment system; and NetPOS, the first Internet-centric point-of-sale system.  He is the author of two books, three patents, and numerous technical articles, a past President of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Global Communications and of Peace Action.


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