New ISO Standard Released for Cloud Computing

The International Organisation for Standardisation has created a new ISO standard for cloud computing. The standard aims to define the difference between concepts such as the public and private cloud, as well as the various roles existing in the cloud computing environment.


The ISO has created a new ISO standard for cloud computing.

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Why create a new ISO standard for cloud computing?

The new standard comes after a recent blog post by the ISO, which outlined some of the problems with the current cloud computing standardisation. The ISO’s own Vivienne Rojas said that the technology had ‘reached unexpected heights’ in her blog post and that it posed many issues largely due to ‘chaotic development, making it almost impossible for companies to ascertain the quality of service offered.’

Establishing definitions in the world of cloud computing

The ISO’s new standard for cloud computing defines it as ‘an evolving paradigm’ and also outlines some of its key characteristics. Although many of the concepts defined by the ISO are already familiar to customers and suppliers in the cloud computing market, the ISO still believes that their new cloud computing standards are significant and have a role to play in improving the quality of such services.

Already there are a number of initiatives (including at EU level), which aim to standardise the more complex aspects of cloud computing, particularly in relation to data security. The ISO believes by standardising basic cloud computing sense, they will pave the way for more complex cloud standards to be built in the future.

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