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NIST Finalizes Guidelines on Federal Cloud Tech Adoption

cloudThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a two-volume road map for federal agencies to accelerate migration of their information technology systems to cloud-based infrastructure.

NIST said Wednesday it sought input from government, commercial and academic organizations to develop the U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap with the goal of helping agencies implement cloud platforms.

The publication’s first volume outlines 10 requirements for attaining cloud security, interoperability, portability, accessibility and performance.

Each section contains a priority action plans list and suggests a target date to fulfill cloud implementation goals, according to NIST.

The second volume includes cloud computing reference architecture and taxonomy, and discusses government-focused cloud business and technical use cases.

NIST has formed three working groups that will work to address provisions found in volumes one and two of the agency’s cloud adoption road map.

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