The NIST Cloud Computing Forum & Workshops IV (Nov 2-4, 2011)

The new US CIO, Steve Van Roekel, along with senior researchers at NIST, hosted the fourth Cloud Computing Forum and Workshops this week ( http://www.nist.gov/itl/cloud/cloudworkshopiv.cfm ). One highlight was the release of the Draft Cloud Technology Roadmap with a call for public comments. See the Web site for the agenda and downloadable documents and presentations.

There were international participants at the event, with much friendly discussion of "openness", "interoperability", and an idealistic "One Cloud" vision of a "Cloud Without Borders". A very hopeful perspective, but perhaps a bit overly optimistic one given the current political state of the world and various governments' control of Internet access and resources.

One issue that concerns me in all this rush to cloud computing is the question of where the expertise will come from to design, build, and manage massive cloud infrastructures? Concepts such as parallel programming, scalability, virtualization, and cache management need to be integrated into CS curricula from the start, maybe even starting in high school but certainly at the undergraduate level. I don't yet see sufficient emphasis on those areas in the CS courses and textbooks offered by many universities. Without a continuous stream of knowledgeable graduates, the lack of cloud computing experience and expertise will slow the adoption of this transformative technology.

Security and trust in the cloud remain primary concerns; the NIST Cloud Computing Security Working Group has released a draft publication outlining 17 key requirement areas for cloud security ( http://collaborate.nist.gov/twiki-cloud-computing/pub/CloudComputing/Documents/NIST_Security_Requirements_for_US_Government_Cloud.pdf ). Yet in spite of the current lack of mature security solutions and interoperability/development standards, it was still recommended that agencies start their cloud deployments with the expectation that expertise will evolve through experimentation, trial, and (inevitably) error.

Comments:

I strongly agree with you- there should be curriculum in cs for cloud computing, up till now people are working based on their own research and by learning some cloud application like Hadoop and Yahoo has done a lot of work with this OPEN SOURCE.
Please browse for cloud computing a free resource to understand cloud security.
http://www.sqlservermanagementstudio.net/2011/11/cloud-computing-concerns.html
Thanks

Posted by Sarah on November 04, 2011 at 11:16 PM EDT #

I strongly agree with you- there should be curriculum in cs for cloud computing, up till now people are working based on their own research and by learning some cloud application like Hadoop and Yahoo has done a lot of work with this OPEN SOURCE.
Please browse for cloud computing a free resource to understand cloud security.
http://www.sqlservermanagementstudio.net/2011/11/cloud-computing-concerns.html
Thanks

Posted by Sarah on November 04, 2011 at 11:17 PM EDT #

I strongly agree with you- there should be curriculum in cs for cloud computing, up till now people are working based on their own research and by learning some cloud application like Hadoop and Yahoo has done a lot of work with this OPEN SOURCE.
Please browse for cloud computing a free resource to understand cloud security.
www.sqlservermanagementstudio.net/2011/11/cloud-computing-concerns.html
Thanks

Posted by guest on November 04, 2011 at 11:18 PM EDT #

I strongly agree with you- there should be curriculum in cs for cloud computing, up till now people are working based on their own research and by learning some cloud application like Hadoop and Yahoo has done a lot of work with this OPEN SOURCE.
Please browse for cloud computing a free resource to understand cloud security.
(sqlservermanagementstudio.net/2011/11/cloud-computing-concerns.html)
Thanks

Posted by Sarah on November 04, 2011 at 11:19 PM EDT #

I strongly agree with you- there should be curriculum in cs for cloud computing, up till now people are working based on their own research and by learning some cloud application like Hadoop and Yahoo has done a lot of work with this OPEN SOURCE.
Please browse for cloud computing a free resource to understand cloud security.

Thanks

Posted by guest on November 04, 2011 at 11:19 PM EDT #

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