NIST Holds Cloud Computing Forum, Workshop

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology is hosting host its third Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop on April 7-8, 2011, with a speaker lineup that boasts of federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher.

Panel sessions during the forum will feature international cloud-computing experts from both the private and public sectors, associations and academia. Friday morning’s panel topic –“Cloud Innovation: Math and Science”—will look at innovative uses of the cloud and how it can be leveraged in the scientific process.

Other sessions will touch upon cloud adopter’s long-term view, whether the cloud can be trusted, and cloud computing standards.

Working groups formed during the NIST Cloud Computing Workshop and Forum in November 2010 will provide progress reports. These working groups cover various cloud-computing issues.

NIST held its first cloud-computing forum and workshop last May following Vivek Kundra’s request for the agency to lead federal efforts on standards for data portability, cloud interoperability and security. The workshop’s goals were to initiate engagement with industry to speed up the development of cloud standards and introduce NIST cloud-computing efforts, as well as discuss the federal government’s experience with cloud computing.

For more information on the event and to register, see the NIST website.

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