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NIST Cloud Best Practices – Product Roadmap

The purpose of our Product Roadmap is explained exactly in the latest CIO.gov Cloud document – Cloud Best Practices guide called “Best Practices for Acquiring IT as a Service”.

Download the 44-page PDF here.

In the section Agency Roles in the Use of Cloud Computing, they make this critical point:

“Federal agencies should request that cloud service providers categorize their services using the NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture.

This can be accomplished by the vendor’s “mapping” of services to the reference architecture, and presenting this “mapping” along with the vendor’s customized marketing and technical information.

The reference architecture mapping provides a common and consistent frame of reference to compare vendor offerings when evaluating and procuring cloud services.”

This is exactly right, this is the opportunity presented to both the Cloud industry as well as the public sector, which is that if service providers standardize on the NIST models this way, it will streamline ordering and encourage more buying in general in such a way as to be a ‘rising tide that floats all boats’.


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