Cloud's potential to get an airing at NIST-hosted conference

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is hosting the Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop V in June at the Commerce Department's headquarters, NIST officials said.

Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel and government executives from Europe, Asia and North America will discuss views on the potential for cloud computing technology to transform public services. In another session, representatives from major standards-development organizations will tackle the question “Are there too many cooks in the kitchen?”

The conference will run from June 5-7 at Commerce’s Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, D.C.

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Two sessions focus on reviewing progress on the Priority Action Plans for each of the 10 high-priority requirements related to interoperability, portability and security that were identified by U.S. government agencies for adopting cloud computing. These requirements were first announced at the Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop IV in November 2011 and were published in the first release of the "USG Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volume I" (NIST SP 500-293). The two sessions will showcase the voluntary, independent, cloud-related PAP efforts under way by industry, academia and standards-developing organizations on these 10 high-priority requirements, NIST officials said.

Other panels will cover “Industry Views on the Cloud Computing Model Development, Adoption and Next Steps” and “Target Business Use Cases for Government Cloud Computing Development.” The discussion of “USG Federal CC Effort: How Do They Fit Together?” features representatives from the Energy Department, General Services Administration and Office of Management and Budget.

The workshop runs through the morning of June 7 and offers sessions on cloud security, cloud reference architecture and taxonomy, and updates on NIST cloud-related programs

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, according to NIST. Government, industry, academia and individuals are using cloud services.

NIST’s role in cloud computing is to help accelerate the secure and effective adoption of cloud in the federal government. 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.


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