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NIST publishes Draft Guide to Cloud Computing

The cloud computing research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting public comments on a draft of a new guide to cloud computing.

NIST Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations (Special Publication 800-146) explains cloud computing technology in plain terms and provides practical information for information technology decision makers interested in moving into the cloud.

The new guide reviews the NIST definition of cloud computing, provides an overview of cloud environments with detailed discussions of each and then provides a section on each of the main cloud environments—Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Each of these sections looks at the environment's scope, its capabilities, benefits, and known issues and concerns.

The publication also provides information on how organizations should consider the relative opportunities and risks of cloud computing.

NIST Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations, SP 800-146, can be downloaded from here. Comments should be sent to 800-146comments@nist.gov by June 13, 2011.

•Date: 17th May 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

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