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NIST forms new cloud working groups

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced three public working groups to address cloud services, federated community cloud and interoperability and portability. The working groups are being formed to address requirements laid out in the Cloud Computing Standards and Technology Roadmap.

The Cloud Services working group will perform a study of cloud services and methodologies to determine their properties to clearly and consistently categorize cloud services. 

Besides the cloud computing definition from NIST that categorizes cloud services as software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), dozens of new types of cloud services and acronyms for them have popped up in the marketplace.

The new public working group will use the NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture to provide consistent categories of cloud services so buyers know what they are committing to before signing potentially costly, long-term contracts.

The Federated Community Cloud working group will define the term "federated cloud" and develop a path to its implementation. It is charged to develop a framework to support disparate community cloud environments – including those that access internal and external cloud resources from multiple providers.

The Interoperability & Portability for Cloud Computing working group will identify the types of interoperability and portability needed for cloud computing systems, the relationships and interactions between interoperability and portability; and circumstances where interoperability and portability are relevant in cloud computing.

Posted by GCN Staff on Jun 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM


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