Tuesday, 7 December 2010
10:00 - 11:10

Cloud Computing and Service Oriented Architecture: A Business Perspective

(Forum Organizer and Chair: Prof. Anup Kumar, University of Louisville, USA)

Cloud is emerging as a phenomenon and it is happening at the confluence of several trends in the software industry. Service oriented architectures; virtualization and internet based application delivery have all matured over past several years. Cloud is a major next step in this area. Cloud computing allows various tasks to be executed over a network using various services. Different types of services including infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, software as service have been proposed for cloud computing. Some of the benefits of cloud computing include reduced cost, scalability, better performance, service orientation and availability of agile application development platform.  There are many types of cloud computing services available from various vendors. Computational cloud services provide on demand commuting resources that are scalable, inexpensive and can run any type of application.  Storage cloud services allow clients to store their large datasets on provider's storage banks. Application cloud allows access to many services that a developer can integrate to build their application.

The goal of the forum is to provide detailed understanding of cloud computing framework and its relation to service oriented architecture. This will include discussion on core concepts of virtualization, types of cloud computing services, and some of the commercial cloud services available from various vendors. The session will include detailed discussion on business perspective of cloud computing. It will highlight the strengths and limitations of cloud computing for businesses and latest projects at leading companies.


Prof. Anup Kumar
Professor, University of Louisville, USA


Anup Kumar ( completed his Ph.D. from NCSU and is currently a Professor of CECS Department at the University of Louisville. He is also the Director of Mobile Information Network and Distributed Systems (MINDS) Lab. His research interests include web services, wireless networks, distributed system modelling, and simulation. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing. He is also the Associate Editor of Internal Journal of Web Services Research and International Society of Computers and Their Application Journal. He is a member of IEEE Distinguished Visitor Program (2006-2008). He has served on the organizing committees of many international conferences including MASS-2098, SCC-2009, ICWS-2009, IEEE ISCC 2007, 2008, IEEE ICSW-2006, IEEE MASS-2005, 2007, 2008, IEEE SCC-2005, IEEE ICWS-2005, CIT-2005, IEEE MASCOTS, ADCOM 97 and 98.. He was the Chair of IEEE Computer Society Technical committee on Simulation (TCSIM) (2004-2007). He has published and presented over 175 papers. Some of his papers have appeared in ACM Multimedia Systems Journal, several IEEE Transactions, Wireless Communication and Mobile Computing, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications etc. He was the Associate Editor of International Journal of Engineering Design and Automation 1995-1998. He has also edited special issues in IEEE Internet Magazine, and International Journal on Computers and Operations Research. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.


Alok Srivastava
Solution Architect, Microsoft, USA


Alok is passionate about software architectures, large scale systems and distributed computing. He has worked in software industry for upwards of 17 years during which he has filed for a dozen patents, published several papers and presented his ideas at several conferences. Alok has worked on large scale projects such as replication system monitoring and management, database extensibility, multimedia and content management in RDBMS, Web services, Portal technologies and content distribution networks. Alok has worked as an advisor with a large number of customers of all sizes. He has worked with the largest automotive company with their partner network at the same time helped a startup established development team, process and helped them get funding. As a solution architect for Microsoft, Alok brings in his years of experience and passion for software systems to all his engagements and strives to achieve the best results in all his projects. Alok holds a bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronics from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (India) and has Master's degree in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from University of Louisville with major in distributed computing.

Liang-Jie Zhang,
 Research Staff Member, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA


Liang-Jie is a Research Staff Member and the founding chair of the Services Computing PIC (Professional Interest Community) at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. Currently, He is also the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Web Services Research (JWSR), the first academic journal focusing on Web services. He is part of the Services Research organization with a focus on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Services. In the last 20 years, as the lead researcher and pioneer of SOA, Web services, e-commerce solutions and consumer information technology, he has initialized and led cutting edge projects in the field of SOA, Web Services, Business Process Integration, Extended Businesses Collaboration, Business Grid Solutions, Web Services Hub Framework, E-Commerce Solutions for Interactive Digital TV and Streaming Media, Internet Communications, Computational Intelligence, ATM Network Control, and Intelligent Information Appliances and Signal Processing.

He has more than 40 patents and more than 125 published papers and books. He is the Founding Chair of the IEEE Computer Society's Technical Steering Committee for Services Computing (TSC-SC). He has served as Vice Chair of Communications for IEEE Computer Society's Task Force on E-Commerce. He was the General Chair of the 2004 IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2004) and General Co-chair of the 2004 IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2004) and the 2004 IEEE Conference on E-Commerce Technology (CEC 2004).