a central point for collection of information as it relates to cloud computing in the government
February 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm #152115
Attached is an extended Draft of Best Practice Recommendations for Government Cloud Computing. It is divided into implementation, policy, and organizational recommendations with references. The primary references are drawn from NIST, US Government, UK Government, European Community, TechAmerica’s Cloud2, and the Open Data Center Alliance. Secondary references links are drawn from a wide number of sources. One extension is “Possible Support from Cloud Providers” for each Best Practice added to support the activities of the Cloud Standards Customer Council. Another extension is associating a link to guidance for each Best Practice. This guidance is meant to be an initial step towards more detailed implementation patterns. An extensive set of Cloud pattern references are supplied at the end of the Draft.
Title: Extended Draft: Cloud Best Practices Recommendations
The U.S. government has initiated the rapid deployment of Cloud services for internal and public use. There are many risks associated with possible lack of interoperability, portability, and proven security for existing Cloud implementations. In the future, emerging standards as documented in the Standards Roadmap document will help solve this problem. While these standards are maturing, best practices can be used to avoid vendor lock-in, Cloud silos, and security gaps.
The purpose of this draft is to list some best practices for Cloud implementation and organizational support based on past experience with similar technologies e.g. service oriented architectures. Accompanying each recommendation will be References to the NIST Cloud Synopsis and Recommendations Draft (Draft-NIST-SP800-146), the NIST Cloud Working Group outputs, and major external documents to provide context. See Section E for all Primary References including NIST, US Government, UK Government, Open Data Center Alliance, and European sources. Associated with each recommendation, there is also suggested support from Cloud Providers and a link to guidance in implementing the recommended best practice. The next step should be to expand and extend the current content to provide detailed guidelines (e.g. patterns) for public sector Cloud Computing.
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