The National Institute of Standards and Technology unveiled Nov. 4 a strategy for developing a governmentwide cloud computing roadmap as agencies work to adopt the new computing paradigm.
Rather than build a roadmap independently and send it out for comment, NIST's strategy has been to collaboratively develop a government cloud computing roadmap based on the group's May cloud computing workshop, CIO council meetings and input from industry, said Dawn Leaf, senior executive for cloud computing at NIST.
"I can't emphasize enough that our perspective, in this strategy is that the ownership is a community ownership," said Leaf. "We see industry really driving and leveraging their expertise, in terms of the reference model, ontology and technology."
For the first step of the roadmap, NIST hopes to define target government cloud computing business use cases. This does not include current use cases, but opportunities for deploying the cloud that have yet to be implemented.
Secondly, NIST and related stakeholders hope to define neutral cloud computing reference architecture and taxonomy for the purpose of supporting this process. This needs to be a model that does not prescribe a particular implementation, does not inhibit or prevent innovation and is useful in that we can relate different cloud services and map them to the overall model, explained Leaf.
And finally, the working group will generate a cloud computing roadmap that iteratively translates, defines and tracks cloud computing priorities. (See a graphical representation of the entire roadmap below.)
Thus far, NIST has been focused on providing guidance in the form of special publications to agencies. In July, the institute released for public comment a special publication on security and virtualization--SP 800-125 (.pdf)--and it is on track to issue a second, cloud-computing specific draft publication in December, tentatively called "Cloud Computing Synopsis & Guidelines."
Leaf also said that the NIST IT Lab's complex information systems group has been working on a cloud computing model simulation, internally know as Koala. The objective of the simulation is to assess and characterize resource allocation algorithms within a public, infrastructure as a service cloud component. Leaf said the findings will be released publically in early 2011.
NIST has also been building it's Standards Acceleration to Jumpstart Adoption of Cloud Computing--an initiative started in May that's aimed at the gap between when a technology emerges and when the standards are formalized; SAJACC is primarily aimed at identifying interoperability, portability and security requirements. In September, NIST launched the SAJACC website and on Nov. 5, NIST published the first set of 25 use cases for public comment.
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