NIST Releases Federal Cloud Roadmap, Architecture. The organization that creates technology standards for the federal government has released a new cloud computing roadmap and reference architecture as part of its continued efforts to help federal agencies adopt this technology model. The documents provide guidance for agencies to help understand the standards they should use when deploying clouds, as well as the categories of cloud services that can be used across the government, according to the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST).
The NIST Cloud Computing Standards Roadmap includes a standards inventory the organization will continue to update as more are created. The inventory covers standards for key features of deploying a cloud computing architecture, such as security, portability, and interoperability. It also identifies models and use cases that are relevant to cloud computing and identifies standardization priorities for the feds in the areas of security auditing and compliance, and identity and access management, according to NIST.
The guiding principles were used to create the NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture, a vendor-neutral design meant to serve as a guideline for agencies, not to be followed specifically, according to NIST. The architecture is based on a system of the so-called “actors” in a cloud architecture–consumer, provider, broker, auditor, and carrier–and defines the roles each play.