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Why NIST Should Scrap “the Cloud” Entirely


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a new volume of its roadmap aimed at accelerating the adoption of its previously released Federal Cloud Computing Strategy. The report lays out a set of 10 requirements for further federal cloud adoption, most of which will be familiar to any CIO who has the standard slate of worries about cloud’s interoperability, security, data portability, standards compliance, and privacy. Or, as NIST puts it:

In the technology vision of Federal Cloud Computing Strategy success, [U.S. government] agencies will be able to easily locate desired IT services in a mature and competitive marketplace, rapidly procure access to these services, and use them to deliver innovative mission solutions. Cloud services will be secure, interoperable, and reliable. Agencies will be able to switch between providers easily and with minimal cost, and receive equal or superior services.

The only thing I’d add to this list is, “And every child should have a pony.”


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