U.S. Government & Cloud
I have never been one to rush in and embrace the strategic direction of the United States Government – particularly as it relates to business and the U.S. Department of Commerce. But a recent release by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (part of the Department of Commerce so there is your civics lesson for today) is worth skimming. US GOVERNMENT CLOUD COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP (there is a Volume I and Volume II but don’t just skip to Volume II to see how it ends) was released this week. Volume I reviews the “High-Priority Requirements to Further USG Agency Cloud Computing Adoption”.
After skimming through a few “This Page Intentionally Left Blanks” the reader quickly gets to the premise: “The Federal Cloud Computing Strategy characterizes computing as a profound economic technical shift with great potential to reduce the cost of federal Information Technology (IT) systems while improving IT capabilities and stimulating innovation in IT solutions.”
The report outlines 10 Roadmap Requirements that are high priorities to further US Government Cloud Computing Technology Adoption:
- International voluntary consensus-based standards (interoperability, performance, portability, and security standards).
- Solutions for High-Priority Security Requirements, technically de-coupled from organizational policy decisions (security standards and technology).
- Technical specifications to enable development of consistent, high-quality Service Level Agreements.
- Clearly and consistently categorized cloud services.
- Frameworks to support seamless implementation of federated community cloud environments.
- Updated Organization Policy that reflects the Cloud Computing Business and Technology model.
- Defined unique government regulatory requirements and solutions.
- Collaborative parallel strategic “future cloud” development initiatives.
- Defined and implemented reliability design goals.
- Defined and implemented cloud service metrics.
Then Volume I proceeds to offer 80 pages of mind-numbing explanations for each requirement. But here is wonderfully surprising part about this publication – it makes sense! Most of it applies to enterprises in the private sector and it is well worth at least 30 minutes of skimming. That is your U.S. Government people — a pretty interesting publication created from within the dysfunction of the Beltway.
This publication is available free of charge from: http://dx.doi.org/10.6028/NIST.SP.500-293
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