NIST seeks comments on draft cloud guide

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is asking for public comments on its latest Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations.

NIST is the government agency responsible for developing cloud standards.

The latest guidance from the agency offers a definition of cloud computing and a look at the differences between public, private, and hybrid clouds. The synopsis also examines the various cloud environments including software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and infrastructure-as-a-service. The guidance also addresses what NIST calls the “open issues” that surround cloud computing including cloud reliability, cloud economics, and cloud security.

In explaining the cloud standards they’ve developed, NIST’s Lee Badger said, “Cloud computing is not a single kind of system. Since cloud computing spans a spectrum of underlying technologies and configuration possibilities, each organization’s requirements call for different cloud technologies and configurations.”

Comments can be sent to NIST via email. NIST is accepting comments until June 13, 2011.

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