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Standards Organization ISO Takes on Cloud Computing Standards

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Given the quality differences in different cloud services and issues of compatibility, ISO, the world’s best known standards body has issued two standards related to cloud computing.

The first standard, ISO/IEC 17788, provides definitions of cloud computing terminology such as Software as a Service (SaaS), and the difference between “public” and “private” cloud deployments.

The second standard, ISO/IEC 17789, deals with cloud computing reference architecture. It contains diagrams and descriptions of how the various aspects of cloud computing relate to one another, including roles, activities, and functional components and their relationships within cloud computing.

ISO hopes this will lay down the basic terminology and architectural framework, which will, in turn, help provide assurances to companies buying cloud services and allow the cloud computing industry continue to grow.

The standards were developed by the joint ISO/IEC technical committee JTC 1/SC 38, in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union, and involved experts from more than 30 countries.

The complete text of the 17788 standard can be purchased for around $60, and CHF 58,00, and 17789 for around $190.

Another organization, the IEEE Standards Association, has originated two working drafts around cloud computing covering similar areas. P2301 (Cloud Profiles) provides information for different ecosystem participants such as cloud vendors, service providers, and users. P2302 (Intercloud) is meant to define topology, functions, and governance for cloud-to-cloud interoperability and federation.

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David Hamilton is a technology journalist and Contributing Editor of the WHIR. Based in Toronto, David has covered the hosting industry internationally for the WHIR with particular attention to innovative hosting solutions and the issues facing the industry. He has written for the National Post and other news outlets, and is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Humber College School of Media Studies.

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