NIST Issues Cloud Computing Roadmap

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a draft publication that defines high-priority requirements for standards, try guidance and technology developments that must be met to accelerate migration of existing IT systems to the cloud.

The roadmap is designed to help federal agencies not only to adopt cloud computing, but to support the further development of the cloud computing model. NIST noted the draft publication defines high-priority requirements for standards, official guidance and technology developments that need to be met in order for agencies to accelerate their migration of existing IT systems to the cloud computing model. "A key contribution of the roadmap effort is to focus the discussion to achieve a clear understanding between the government and private sector, particularly on the specific technical steps - standards, guidance and technology solutions - needed to move federal IT from its current early-cloud state to a cloud-based foundation, as envisioned in the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy," Dawn Leaf, NIST senior advisor for cloud computing, said in a statement accompanying the draft.

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