Google App Engine and Cloud Overview

Last Updated: 02/24/2014

Event Date

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Event Location

UMC Room 245

About the Talk

While many in academia are familiar with Google's productivity suite in the cloud, Google Apps and its educational offering, there is plenty more to the cloud than meets the eye. As we all know, cloud is the buzzword for the new decade... you hear about the cost-savings, consolidation and conservation of resources, etc. But finding the right cloud for you is just as important as moving to the cloud itself. Many apps can move to the cloud but some may not. You've got web apps, desktop apps, and mobile apps... can and should you move them? What are the different cloud service levels out there, and which may be more appropriate for your institution?

This session starts out with an overview of cloud computing in general, then goes deeper into Google's cloud offerings, specifically Google App Engine, describing what it is, what it's *not*, its services and feature set, some current metrics, and sample user profiles. We will also introduce some of our other cloud products & services, integration with Google Apps, etc., all of which will not only be interesting to faculty & lecturers for use in course curricula or researchers in the lab, but also CIOs/CTOs and the IT technical staff that create the web & mobile apps that help their institutions operate as well as those who are considering augmenting and enhancing their campus computing infrastructure with public cloud services.

This talk will be delivered by one of the senior members of the Google Developer Relations team, not part of Sales, Marketing, nor "BizDev." Our role is to bring about awareness of Google developer tools and APIs, so there's no selling or accompanying "sales pitch." Because we're an Engineering function, users' features, suggestions, and feedback can be delivered directly to the product teams.

About the Speaker

Wesley Chun, MSCS, is the author of Prentice Hall's bestselling Core Python series, co-author of Python Web Development with Django, and has written for Linux Journal, CNET, and InformIT. In addition to being a software architect and Developer Advocate at Google, he runs CyberWeb, a consultancy specializing in Python training. Wesley has over 25 years of programming, teaching, and writing experience, and has held engineering positions at Sun, Cisco/Ironport, HP, Rockwell, and EMC/Legato. While at Yahoo!, he helped create Yahoo!Mail & Yahoo! People Search using Python.Wesley holds degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Music from the University of California.