NIST to unveil cloud technology roadmap at forum in November

Officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology will unveil the public draft of the government’s Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap and give progress reports on security and open-standard initiatives at a cloud forum and workshop next month.

NIST will host the Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop IV Nov. 2-4, at its Gaithersburg, Md. campus. Federal CIO Steve Van Roekel and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher will give the opening remarks.

The focus of the meeting will be the three-volume draft roadmap intended for use by all U.S. government agencies, NIST officials said. Dawn Leaf, NIST senior executive for cloud computing will give an overview of the Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap on the first day of the forum.


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There also will be briefings on two other NIST documents that were completed this summer to provide guidance on understanding cloud computing standards and categories of cloud services that can be used governmentwide. These are the NIST Cloud Computing Standards Roadmap (NIST Special Publication 500-291) and the NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture (NIST SP 500-292).

Panel sessions will explore a variety of topics and issues influencing the evolution of cloud computing, including infrastructure, security, standards, international perspectives, and opportunities for collaboration.

For example, Peter Tseronis, the Energy Department’s chief technology officer, will moderate a panel on the case for government cloud computing priorities.

The panel includes John Teeter, deputy chief information officer at the Health and Human Services Department, who will discuss cloud as an enabler for health IT; Adrian Gardner, director of Information Technology and Communications Directorate and CIO at the Goddard Space Flight Center, who will discuss cloud next steps; and Keith Trippie, executive director of Enterprise System Development at the Homeland Security Department, who will discuss cloud computing at DHS.

During the first two days of the meeting, which will be held at NIST, government, industrial, academic and standards organizations will showcase real-world cloud-computing collaborations.

The final day of the event will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel, in Rockville, Md. The forum that day will feature three tracks: U.S. Government Business Use Cases; Using the Reference Architecture and Taxonomy; and Reviewing the Roadmap Security Requirements List in the Context of the Security Working Group and U.S. Government Security Examples.

Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service-provider interaction.

NIST’s role in cloud computing is to help accelerate the secure and effective adoption of cloud computing. The agency leads efforts to develop standards and guidelines and advance cloud computing technology in collaboration with standards bodies, businesses and other private-sector organizations, government agencies and other stakeholders. Many of these stakeholders participate in NIST-led cloud-computing working groups that convene throughout the year, officials said.

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