Vivek Kundra Steps Up to Cloud Computing's Next Challenge
Cloud portability, interoperability, and security will be addressed through NIST
By: Kevin Jackson
Apr. 12, 2010 02:00 PM
" [C]loud customers must be able to easily store, access, and process data across multiple clouds; weave together a mesh of different services to meet their needs; and have a way to collaborate with business partners around the globe. Federated clouds – networks of interoperable clouds that work together – will give rise to service grids which can harmonize technologies, business processes and policies to provide support across multiple businesses, industries, and levels of government. Through such a "network of networks" the true potential of cloud computing will be realized.
Through NIST, the Federal government will now address cloud interoperability, portability and security in a focused and collaborative manner. To kick this off, a "Cloud Summit" on May 20, 2010 will be used to introduce NIST as the lead organization for the definition of the Federal Government’s requirements for cloud computing, key technical research, and United States standards development. In my view, the Federal government and industry are now fully engaged in an exciting joint effort to build the cloud computing industry.
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