Nov 5 NIST Cloud Computing Forum, Day 2: Refining what we mean by Cloud Computing

Day 2 of the Forum divided the attendees into mini-crowdsourcing workshops and brainstorming sessions to help NIST define and refine their definitions and roadmaps for cloud computing technology standards.  Lots of great ideas and areas of concern were raised, especially about cloud security.  The dissociation of software from hardware presents a host of difficult problems ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of programs and data.  Ephemeral, virtualized, application environments with no fixed hardware home make some traditional location-based security practices obsolete.  For example, IP and MAC addresses in the cloud are now virtualized, and more easily spoofed.

The need for a common vocabulary and conceptual dictionary, or "ontology", was also emphasized.  Cloud users, developers, and architects need to understand each other through a common language; NIST is using this conference to jumpstart the process of developing and promoting aggreements about what cloud computing is, what it does, and how it works.  NIST is forming working groups to address these issues.

Presentations from the workshop will be posted here.

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The purpose of this blog is to highlight and to explore general issues around "Cloud Computing" -- its benefits, risks, and component technologies -- and how they are evolving. I'll also periodically comment (of course!) on Oracle's Cloud Computing capabilities, resources, and cloud-related events. -- Harry J Foxwell, PhD, Principal Consultant for Cloud Computing, Oracle Public Sector HW

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