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Cloud Wars, Part I: Framing the Standardization in Cloud Computing
Cloud Wars, Part I: Framing the Standardization in Cloud Computing
by Tuomas MT Nurmela & Alex Krikos
This article frames the international cloud SDO environment and process, categorizes cloud standards, and provides an example of the use of categorization.
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NIST-National Institute of Standards and Technology and Cloud Computing
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

NIST’s Role is to provide guidance to industry and government for the creation and management of relevant cloud computing standards allowing all parties to gain the maximum value from cloud computing. NIST’s role in cloud computing is to promote the effective and secure use of the technology within government and industry by providing technical guidance and promoting standards.


SAS 70 & Cloud Computing
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

The Statement on Auditing Standards No. 70 (SAS 70) has become the ubiquitous auditing report by which all cloud computing service providers are judged. So how did this financial auditing report become the standard by which we examine cloud service providers? How much can we trust this report as a true representation of the security controls in place?


Cloud Computing Standards – Not This Year
John Considine - Founder & CTO at CloudSwitch, Inc

It’s clear that end users of cloud computing would like to see true interoperability I started out writing a blog about the state of cloud computing to review how things have evolved in the cloud space over the last year (2010 was a good year for cloud computing) but I got sidetracked thinking about how clouds are converging, or in reality, not converging. It’s clear that end users of cloud computing would like to see true interoperability. Companies want the freedom to pick a cloud that meets their needs, without worrying that choices made today will cost them big in the future or lock them in. Interoperability would mean that a company could choose a cloud for a given workload, and if conditions change, they could opt to bring the workload back in-house or move to another cloud environment – without requiring a major engineering project or a shift to a different computing paradigm.


Cloud Standards or Innovation – take your pick
Subraya Mallya - Principal at PrudentCloud.com

Cloud Vendors and Customers alike seem to be confusing the maturity curve of Cloud and raising the Lack of Standards flag and preventing wider adoption.


OpenStack: Will it Prevent the Cloud Mono Culture?
Kamesh Pemmaraju - Leading Research on Cloud Computing & Independent Cloud Computing Consultant at SandHill

This article provides insights into evolution of cloud standards and how OpenStack can position itself to be the open source, open standards based alternative for proprietary stacks like Amazon, Microsoft etc. Randy Bias of CloudScaling.com shared his perspectives on where OpenStack is going.


NCOIC Analyses Cloud Computing with SCOPE PDF
Kevin Jackson - Engineering Fellow at NJVC, LLC
Company Profile: Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC)

As an analysis tool, the Systems, Capabilities, Operations, Programs and Enterprise (SCOPE) model is used to characterize interoperability-relevant aspects of a system or capability in terms of a set of dimensions. Organized hierarchically, these dimensions (and possible sub-dimensions) represent specific aspects of a system or its surrounding environment. This process enables a quantitative and/or qualitative interoperability assessment of the target system or capability. With the development of a cloud interoperability best practice as a goal, the NCOIC CCWG is working to identify all significant cloud computing dimensions.


Cloud Computing Use Cases V3.0 PDF
Dustin Amrhein - Technical Evangelist, WebSphere Emerging Technologies at IBM
Sam Johnston - Founder & CTO at Australian Online Soultions
Patrick Stingley - CTO at US Bureau of Land Management
John Willis - VP of Services at Opscode, Inc
Company Profile: Cloud Computing Use Cases Discussion Group

The Cloud Computing Use Case group brought together cloud consumers and cloud vendors to define common use case scenarios for cloud computing. The use case scenarios demonstrate the performance and economic benefits of cloud computing and are based on the needs of the widest possible range of consumers. The goal is to highlight the capabilities and requirements that need to be standardized in a cloud environment to ensure interoperability, ease of integration and portability. It must be possible to implement all of the use case described in this paper without closed, proprietary technologies. Cloud computing must evolve as an open environment, minimizing vendor lock-in and increasing customer choice. Version 3 has additional security scenarios, requirements and use cases.


Cloud Federation and the Intercloud
Ellen Rubin - Founder & VP of Products at CloudSwitch, Inc

There has been lots of discussion about the concept of the "Intercloud", a direction for cloud computing that is closely related to federation. The Intercloud refers to a mesh of clouds that are interconnected based on open standards to provide a universal environment for cloud computing. Like the name suggests, it's similar to the Internet model, where everything is federated in a ubiquitous, multiple-provider infrastructure.


The Federated Cloud
Ellen Rubin - Founder & VP of Products at CloudSwitch, Inc

Federation brings together different cloud flavors and internal resources so companies can select a computing environment on demand that makes sense for a particular workload. The notion of federation has been around since cloud computing began, but as a long-term vision rather than a working solution. Soon that gap is going to close.


The OGF Open Cloud Computing Interface
Company Profile: Open Grid Forum (OGF)

An introduction to the OGF Open Cloud Computing Interface (OCCI) standard.


Cloud Computing Use Cases Version 2.0 PDF
Patrick Stingley - CTO at US Bureau of Land Management
Dustin Amrhein - Technical Evangelist, WebSphere Emerging Technologies at IBM
John Willis - VP of Services at Opscode, Inc
Sam Johnston - Founder & CTO at Australian Online Soultions

The Cloud Computing Use Case group brought together cloud consumers and cloud vendors to define common use case scenarios for cloud computing. The use case scenarios demonstrate the performance and economic benefits of cloud computing and are based on the needs of the widest possible range of consumers. The goal is to highlight the capabilities and requirements that need to be standardized in a cloud environment to ensure interoperability, ease of integration and portability. It must be possible to implement all of the use case described in this paper without closed, proprietary technologies. Cloud computing must evolve as an open environment, minimizing vendor lock-in and increasing customer choice. The full list of contributors include: Contributors: Dustin Amrhein, Patrick Anderson, Andrew de Andrade, Joe Armstrong, Ezhil Arasan B, Richard Bruklis, Ken Cameron, Reuven Cohen, Andrew Easton, Rodrigo Flores, Gaston Fourcade, Thomas Freund, Babak Hosseinzadeh, William Jay Huie, Pam Isom, Sam Johnston, Ravi Kulkarni, Anil Kunjunny, Thomas Lukasik, Gary Mazzaferro, Craig McClanahan, Walt Melo, Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Dirk Nicol, Lisa Noon, Santosh Padhy, Greg Pfister, Thomas Plunkett, Ling Qian, Balu Ramachandran, Jason Reed, German Retana, Dave Russell, Krishna Sankar, Alfonso Olias Sanz, Wil Sinclair, Erik Sliman, Patrick Stingley, Robert Syputa, Doug Tidwell, Kris Walker, Kurt Williams, John M Willis, Yutaka Sasaki, Eric Windisch and Fred Zappert.


Cloud: Interoperability & Portability
Surendra Reddy - VP, Cloud Computing at Yahoo, Inc

The discussion about the difference between interoperability and portability isn't new by any means. In the context of Cloud, Portability is the ability to move an application or service from one cloud to another cloud, usually with minimal overhead, or no overhead. Interoperability is the ability of services to seamlessly communicate with each other.


Is Application Portability Possible in the Cloud?
Judith Hurwitz - President & CEO at Hurwitz & Associates LLC

Companies are trying to get a handle on the costs involved in running data centers. This is one of the primary reasons that companies are looking to cloud computing. Like everything else in the complex world of computing, clouds solve some problems but they also cause the same type of lock-in problems that the industry has experienced for decades.


Cloud Standards are Misunderstood
Randy Bias - Founder at Cloudscaling

Create them now and stifle innovation or create them later when it's too late? That seems to be the breadth of the discussion on cloud standards today. Fortunately, the situation with cloud computing standards is not actually this muddy. In spite of the passionate arguments, the reality is that we need cloud standards both today and tomorrow. Here is an overview of the Cloud standards landscape.


Cloud Computing Interoperability and Standardization for the Telecommunications Industry PDF
Company Profile: European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)

Grid and Cloud Computing Technology: Interoperability and Standardization for the Telecommunications Industry


Driving Coordination and Progress in Cloud Standards
Company Profile: Open Grid Forum (OGF)

Driving Coordination and Progress in Cloud Standards


Open Cloud Computing Interface - Use Cases and Requirements for a Cloud API v10
Company Profile: Open Grid Forum (OGF)

Open Cloud Computing Interface - Use Cases and Requirements for a Cloud API v10


Cloud Computing Use Cases
John Willis - VP of Services at Opscode, Inc
Company Profile: Cloud Computing Use Cases Discussion Group

Cloud Computing Use Cases


A Roadmap for Cloud Standards
Company Profile: National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)

A Roadmap for Cloud Standards


Cloud Cafe Canonical Cloud Talk With Simon Wardley: Part 2
Simon Wardley - Researcher at CSC Leading Edge Forum
John Willis - VP of Services at Opscode, Inc

Cloud Computing Expert from Canonical, Simon Wardley, and Cloud Café's John Willis discuss Cloud Computing. Part 2: They discuss the benefits and risks of Cloud Computing, how standards have to be based on the open source refence model, and much more.


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Open Cloud as a Set of Tools, Standards, and Community
John Engates - CTO at Rackspace Hosting, Inc

The CTO at Rackspace, John Engates, discusses open cloud as a set of tools, standards, and community at the SIIA All About the Cloud Conference.


Are Open APIs Enough to Prevent Lock-in?
James Duncan - VP of Product Development at Joyent, Inc

Are Open APIs Enough to Prevent Lock-in?


NASA CTO on Cloud Computing
Chris C Kemp - Chief Technology Officer of IT at NASA
Company Profile: NASA

The CTO of IT at NASA, Chris Kemp, discusses Nebula, open standards, innovation and more at the Gov 2.0 Expo.


An Introduction to the Open Cloud Principals (OCP)
Sam Johnston - Founder & CTO at Australian Online Soultions

An Introduction to the Open Cloud Principals (OCP)


NCOIC Analyses Cloud Computing with SCOPE PDF
Kevin Jackson - Engineering Fellow at NJVC, LLC
Company Profile: Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC)

As an analysis tool, the Systems, Capabilities, Operations, Programs and Enterprise (SCOPE) model is used to characterize interoperability-relevant aspects of a system or capability in terms of a set of dimensions. Organized hierarchically, these dimensions (and possible sub-dimensions) represent specific aspects of a system or its surrounding environment. This process enables a quantitative and/or qualitative interoperability assessment of the target system or capability. With the development of a cloud interoperability best practice as a goal, the NCOIC CCWG is working to identify all significant cloud computing dimensions.


Cloud Computing Use Cases V3.0 PDF
Dustin Amrhein - Technical Evangelist, WebSphere Emerging Technologies at IBM
Sam Johnston - Founder & CTO at Australian Online Soultions
Patrick Stingley - CTO at US Bureau of Land Management
John Willis - VP of Services at Opscode, Inc
Company Profile: Cloud Computing Use Cases Discussion Group

The Cloud Computing Use Case group brought together cloud consumers and cloud vendors to define common use case scenarios for cloud computing. The use case scenarios demonstrate the performance and economic benefits of cloud computing and are based on the needs of the widest possible range of consumers. The goal is to highlight the capabilities and requirements that need to be standardized in a cloud environment to ensure interoperability, ease of integration and portability. It must be possible to implement all of the use case described in this paper without closed, proprietary technologies. Cloud computing must evolve as an open environment, minimizing vendor lock-in and increasing customer choice. Version 3 has additional security scenarios, requirements and use cases.


Cloud Computing Use Cases Version 2.0 PDF
Patrick Stingley - CTO at US Bureau of Land Management
Dustin Amrhein - Technical Evangelist, WebSphere Emerging Technologies at IBM
John Willis - VP of Services at Opscode, Inc
Sam Johnston - Founder & CTO at Australian Online Soultions

The Cloud Computing Use Case group brought together cloud consumers and cloud vendors to define common use case scenarios for cloud computing. The use case scenarios demonstrate the performance and economic benefits of cloud computing and are based on the needs of the widest possible range of consumers. The goal is to highlight the capabilities and requirements that need to be standardized in a cloud environment to ensure interoperability, ease of integration and portability. It must be possible to implement all of the use case described in this paper without closed, proprietary technologies. Cloud computing must evolve as an open environment, minimizing vendor lock-in and increasing customer choice. The full list of contributors include: Contributors: Dustin Amrhein, Patrick Anderson, Andrew de Andrade, Joe Armstrong, Ezhil Arasan B, Richard Bruklis, Ken Cameron, Reuven Cohen, Andrew Easton, Rodrigo Flores, Gaston Fourcade, Thomas Freund, Babak Hosseinzadeh, William Jay Huie, Pam Isom, Sam Johnston, Ravi Kulkarni, Anil Kunjunny, Thomas Lukasik, Gary Mazzaferro, Craig McClanahan, Walt Melo, Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Dirk Nicol, Lisa Noon, Santosh Padhy, Greg Pfister, Thomas Plunkett, Ling Qian, Balu Ramachandran, Jason Reed, German Retana, Dave Russell, Krishna Sankar, Alfonso Olias Sanz, Wil Sinclair, Erik Sliman, Patrick Stingley, Robert Syputa, Doug Tidwell, Kris Walker, Kurt Williams, John M Willis, Yutaka Sasaki, Eric Windisch and Fred Zappert.


Cloud Computing Interoperability and Standardization for the Telecommunications Industry PDF
Company Profile: European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)

Grid and Cloud Computing Technology: Interoperability and Standardization for the Telecommunications Industry


Open Cloud Computing Interface - Use Cases and Requirements for a Cloud API v10
Company Profile: Open Grid Forum (OGF)

Open Cloud Computing Interface - Use Cases and Requirements for a Cloud API v10


Cloud Computing Use Cases PDF
Dustin Amrhein - Technical Evangelist, WebSphere Emerging Technologies at IBM

The Cloud Computing Use Case group brought together cloud consumers and cloud vendors to define common use case scenarios for cloud computing. The use case scenarios demonstrate the performance and economic benefits of cloud computing and are based on the needs of the widest possible range of consumers. The goal is to highlight the capabilities and requirements that need to be standardized in a cloud environment to ensure interoperability, ease of integration and portability. It must be possible to implement all of the use case described in this paper without closed, proprietary technologies. Cloud computing must evolve as an open environment, minimizing vendor lock-in and increasing customer choice. Contributors: Dustin Amrhein, IBM, Joe Armstrong, Ezhil Arasan B, Richard Bruklis, Reuven Cohen, Enomaly, Rodrigo Flores, Gaston Fourcade, Thomas Freund, William Jay Huie, Sam Johnston, Ravi Kulkarni, Anil Kunjunny, Gary Mazzaferro, Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Dirk Nicol, Lisa Noon, Santosh Padhy, Balu Ramachandran, Jason Reed, German Retana, Dave Russell, Krishna Sankar, Patrick Stingley, Robert Syputa, Doug Tidwell, Kris Walker, Kurt Williams, John M Willis, Yutaka Sasaki, and Fred Zappert.


The Open Cloud Manifesto PDF
Company Profile: The Open Cloud Manifesto

This document is intended to initiate a conversation that will bring together the emerging cloud computing community (both cloud users and cloud providers) around a core set of principals. There is a belief that these core principals are rooted in the belief that cloud computing should be as open as all other IT technologies.


Cloud Standards Coordination Overview and Contributing Organizations
Company Profile: Cloud Standards Coordination

Cloud-standards.org is a Wiki site for Cloud Standards Coordination. The goal of the wiki is to document the activities of the various SDOs working on Cloud Standards. Cloud-standards.org is an initiative for editing and sharing a general cloud computing standardization positioning, in which more relevant cloud standardization initiatives can be seen and related. The first informal proposal of the positioning can be seen at cloud standards positioning.
DMTF Open Cloud Standards Incubator
Company Profile: Distributed Management Task Force DMTF

DMTF's Open Cloud Standards Incubator will focus on standardizing interactions between cloud environments by developing cloud resource management protocols, packaging formats and security mechanisms to facilitate interoperability. DMTF is working with other SDOs on coordinating Cloud standardization efforts at cloud-standards.org.
NEXOF
Company Profile: NESSI

The overall ambition of NESSI is to deliver NEXOF, a coherent and consistent open service framework leveraging research in the area of service-based systems to consolidate and trigger innovation in service-oriented economies. The Three Core Elements of NEXOFNESSI Open Reference Model: An open specification, which includes the conceptual model of the core elements that enable service-based ecosystems and their relationship as well as underlying rules, principles and policies which lead to interoperable implementations. Core elements include business dynamics, development environment and operational environment. NESSI Open Reference Architecture: Addressing definition and selection of innovative architectural styles and patterns based on the reference model. Ou ....
SLA@SOI
Company Profile: SLA@SOI

The ongoing transformation of a product-oriented economy towards a service-oriented economy has come to a critical point. IT-supported service provisioning has become of major relevance in all industries and domains. However, the nature of these setups is typically quite static because it requires significant effort to create service offers, to negotiate provisioning details with customers and to manage and control provided services. The research project SLA@SOI will provide a major milestone for the further evolution towards a service-oriented economy, where IT-based services can be flexibly traded as economic goods, i.e. under well defined and dependable conditions and with clearly associated costs. Eventually, this will allow for dynamic value networks that can be flexibly instantia ....
The Open Grid Forum Open Cloud Computing Interface (OCCI)
Company Profile: Open Grid Forum OGF

The Open Grid Forum Open Cloud Computing Interface (OCCI) working group will deliver an API specification for remote management of cloud computing infrastructure, allowing for the development of interoperable tools for common tasks including deployment, autonomic scaling and monitoring. The specification will be all high level functionality required for the life-cycle management of virtual machines (or workloads) running on virtualization technologies (or containers) supporting service elasticity.
Will the Government Push Open Clouds Over the Goal Line?
By: Derrick Harris
TechAmerica’s Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2) officially kicked off its three-month mission today to advise the Obama administration on cloud computing best practices, and pushing cloud interoperability is high on the commission’s list of goals. The TechAmerica Foundation is a technology trade organization aimed at educating policymakers about critical technology-related issues, and this commission aims to “make recommendations for how government should deploy cloud technologies and address policies that might hinder U.S. leadership of the cloud in the commercial space.”
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Cloud computing, digital signatures speed clinical trials
By: Mike Miliard
FT. LEE, NJ – A new whitepaper has demonstrated that the use of interoperable digital identities, digital signatures and cloud computing helps accelerate the initiation of a clinical trial while lowering costs. The study, titled Research Collaboration in the Cloud: How NCI and Research Partners are using Interoperable Digital Identities, Digital Signatures and Cloud Computing to Accelerate Drug Development, shows the results of a 2010 pilot program in which researchers at the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (NCI/CTEP), the world’s largest sponsor of cancer clinical treatment trials, and Bristol-Myers Squibb used cloud-based IT to eliminate reliance on paper forms in clinical trials.
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Standards organisations to tackle cloud computing
By: Staff
Cloud computing has been a buzzword in the technology industry over the past two or three years and now a leading standards organisation is getting in on the act with a new Cloud Computing Initiative which aims to bring a global standardisation to cloud computing. Professional association IEEE is kicking off its efforts with the approval of two new standards development projects IEEE P2301 and IEEE P2302 and has also formed two new working groups around them with the aim of advancing cloud computing technologies.
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“Digital Oil” and Cloud Computing
By: Kevin L Jackson
Last week NIST held another one of its excellent government cloud computing workshops. The third of a series, the purpose of this event was to elaborate on the progress of the NIST U.S. Government (USG) Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap through the activities of the NIST led, stake-holder driven working groups that were formed during the November 2010 event. The two-day agenda included a keynote session by US CIO Vivek Kundra and Mr Alan Marcus from the World Economic Forum. Presentations and updates were also provided by each of the individual NIST working group leaders.
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Belt, braces and external security standards
By: Lucy Sherriff
If you are about to hand the day to day running of your company’s technology and handling of data to a third party, you had better be sure they know what they are doing, and that what they are doing matches your requirements. The business case for adopting cloud computing is already clear for many: it can save a lot of money, and give companies access to technologies that are otherwise be beyond their means. But for IT professionals, shifting technology and data offsite brings new challenges, especially to the smaller businesses for whom cloud computing is so useful.
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IBM Takes Leading Role in Cloud Standards Group
By: Darryl K. Taft
IBM is a founding sponsor of the Object Management Group’s new Cloud Standards Customer Council, which will focus on helping end users adopt cloud computing.
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IEEE's cloud portability project: A fool's errand?
By: David Linthicum
IEEE, the international standards-making organization, is jumping with both feet into the cloud computing space and announcing the launch of its new Cloud Computing Initiative. The IEEE is trying to create two standards for how cloud applications and services would interact and be portable across clouds. The two standards are IEEE P2301, Draft Guide for Cloud Portability and Interoperability Profiles, and IEEE P2302, Draft Standard for Inter-cloud Interoperability and Federation.
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IEEE aims to standardise cloud computing
By: Stuart Corner
The IEEE - which now bills itself as "the world's largest professional association advancing technology for humanity" - is taking steps to bring global standardisation to cloud computing with what it says is "the first broad-scope, forward-looking cloud computing initiative to be put forth by a global standards development organisation."
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IEEE Targets Cloud Interoperability Standards
By: Charles Babcock
The venerable IEEE is wading into the chaotic and roiled realm of cloud computing, seeking to set standards through a cloud computing initiative launched Monday that will focus on cloud interoperability.
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EU Puts Standardization at Forefront of Cloud Computing
By: Jennifer Baker
The head of the European Commission's digital agenda has put interoperability and standards at the forefront of the cloud computing agenda. "Users must be able to change their cloud provider as fast and easily as changing one's Internet or mobile-phone provider has become in many places," said Commissioner Neelie Kroes at the launch of Microsoft's cloud computing center in Brussels on Tuesday. "Interoperability is essential for the cloud to be fair, open and competitive. "International standardization efforts will have a huge impact on cloud computing. Open specifications are a key in creating competitive and flourishing markets that deliver what customers need," she added.
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Cloud CIO: 3 Private Cloud Use Case Scenarios
By: Bernard Golden
It is by now a truism that most IT organizations are planning an IT infrastructure strategy that includes cloud computing and that an internal cloud (aka private cloud) is a fundamental part of that strategy. While trying to avoid getting sucked into the vortex that is defining cloud computing, I think it's safe to say that a cloud computing environment includes the ability for IT resource consumers like application developers to self-service resource requests, along with automated provisioning (aka orchestration) of ...
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Open Networking Foundation Pursues New Standards
By: John Markoff
Acknowledging that so-called cloud computing will blur the distinctions between computers and networks, about two dozen big information technology companies plan to announce on Tuesday a new standards-setting group for computer networking.
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EU's Kroes Says "Cloud Computing" Must Be Open, Competitive
By: Staff
BRUSSELS (Dow Jones)--The European Union must ensure that the development of so-called cloud computing, where data and IT services are hosted remotely, takes place in a genuine ...
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Report: Firms Plan Alliance for Cloud Computing Standards
By: Nathan Golia
Technology companies with customer bases ranging from the mostly consumer (Facebook and Yahoo) to the mostly business (Citrix, Cisco) plan to join forces in the Open Networking Alliance, a group setting standards for networking and cloud computing technologies, The New York Times reports.
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Good insights from The Open Group Cloud Conference -- and its unconference brethren
By: Dana Gardner
The Open Group Conference in San Diego last week included a formal cloud computing conference stream on Wednesday, followed in that evening by an unstructured CloudCamp — which made an interesting contrast. The Cloud Conference stream featured presentations on architecting for cloud and cloud security, and included a panel discussion on the considerations that must be made when choosing a cloud solution.
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Cloud computing drives need for open standards to define and describe a new enterprise environment
By: Dana Gardner
I recently looked back at some significant papers that had influenced my thinking on cloud computing as part of a review on current strategic trends. In February 2009, a paper published at the University of California, Berkeley, “Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing," stands out as the first of many papers to drive out the issues around the promise of cloud computing and technology barriers to achieving secure elastic service.
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Cloud governance is about more than security
By: Gordon Haff
Commentary: Cloud computing needs governance. Which is to say that cloud computing needs processes, policies, and procedures. In a way, this is no different from IT more broadly. But virtualization, dynamically moving workloads, and an increased reliance on third parties for many types of IT functions mean that well thought-out and documented processes, policies, and procedures tend to be more important in cloud computing than with a more static and manual environment.
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NIST refines cloud computing definition
By: David Perera
What exactly is cloud computing--that is, what is cloud computing when it's not a buzz word, a panacea, or a revolutionary new paradigm second only to Che Guevara in raising proletarian class consciousness? The National Institute of Standards of Technology has slightly updated its definition of cloud computing, soliciting public comment on the new draft characterization found in SP 800-145 by Feb. 28.
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NIST report aims to help U.S. agencies deploy cloud apps
By: Jaikumar Vijayan
Organizations that are deploying public cloud computing applications need to pay close attention to security and management risks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology said in a report released Wednesday. "With the wide availability of cloud computing services, lack of organizational controls over employees engaging such services arbitrarily can be a source of problems," NIST noted in a document prescribing a set of security and privacy guidelines for cloud computing. "Without proper governance, the organizational computing infrastructure could be transformed into a sprawling, unmanageable mix of insecure services."
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Cloud Computing at NIST: Two New Draft Documents and a Wiki
By: Press Release
Newswise — The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued two new draft documents on cloud computing for public comment, including the first set of guidelines for managing security and privacy issues in cloud computing. The agency also has set up a new NIST Cloud Computing Collaboration site on the Web to enable two-way communication among the cloud community and NIST cloud research working groups.
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