The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued two draft documents on cloud computing standards open for public comment.
The guidelines follow Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra’s call for faster adoption of cloud computing in the government. Also, the Office of Management and Budget told agencies in December to identify three “must move” technologies that will go to the cloud by March and move one of them by the end of 2011.
Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.
The document includes a list of cloud characteristics and deployment models.