The full potential of cloud computing has yet to be realized, but it’s generally accepted to be great. Of course, with great promise comes great challenges. As Katie Bird of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently noted, “With more and more providers offering cloud-based services, the technology has suffered from chaotic development, making it almost impossible for companies to ascertain the quality of services offered.”
That’s where the new ISO cloud computing standards, ISO/IEC 17788:2014 Information technology – Cloud computing – Overview and vocabulary and ISO/IEC 17789:2014 Information technology – Cloud computing – Reference architecture – come in.
Crafted in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union, these “ground-breaking” standards establish basic terminology and architectural framework for the cloud computing industry. They are also the foundation for other projects being developed by ISO, including a subcommittee focused on security issues.
These two new standards are available through the American National Standards Institute at www.ansi.org.