New formal definition of cloud computing

Victor aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 11 02:01:28 UTC 2009

Good luck getting all this into dictionary form!


NIST is posting its working definition of cloud computing that serves as
a foundation for its upcoming publication on the topic (available
below). Computer scientists at NIST developed this draft definition in
collaboration with industry and government. It was developed as the
foundation for a NIST special publication that will cover cloud
architectures, security, and deployment strategies for the federal
NIST’s role in cloud computing is to promote the effective and secure
use of the technology within government and industry by providing
technical guidance and promoting standards. To learn more about NIST's
cloud efforts, join the NIST cloud computing announcement mailing list
(very low volume) by sending an email to "listproc at" with
"subscribe cloudlist" in the message body text.

[The next link is to a MS Word doc.]
Draft NIST Working Definition of Cloud Computing
Authors: Peter Mell and Tim Grance
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Information Technology
Note 1: Cloud computing is still an evolving paradigm. Its definitions,
use cases, underlying technologies, issues, risks, and benefits will be
refined in a spirited debate by the public and private sectors. These
definitions, attributes, and characteristics will evolve and change over
Note 2: The cloud computing industry represents a large ecosystem of
many models, vendors, and market niches. This definition attempts to
encompass all of the various cloud approaches.

Definition of Cloud Computing:
Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network
access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g.,
networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be
rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or
service provider interaction. This cloud model promotes availability and
is composed of five essential characteristics, three delivery models,
and four deployment models.

[The document goes on for more than a whole page, defining the essential

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