Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, April 23, 2008
HP Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B01

A Head in the Cloud - The Power of Infrastructure as a Service

Werner Vogels
About the talk:

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; 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.


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Also of interest

Werner Vogel will also speak on "Distributed Cloud Computing" in the Clean Slate Seminar on April 22, 2008 4-5PM in Packard 101. The Clean Slate Seminar (CS541) is part of the Clean Slate Internet Design research program that is aimed at addressing two broad and ambitious research questions: "With what we know today and if we were to start again with a clean-slate, how would we design a global communications infrastructure?" and "How should the Internet look in 15 years?".

About the speaker:

Dr. Werner Vogels is Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at 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, he worked as a researcher 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.

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

Contact information:

Werner Vogels
605 5th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104