[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 50 (Tuesday, March 15, 2011)]
[Pages 13984-13985]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-6034]



National Institute of Standards and Technology

Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop III

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 

ACTION: Notice of public workshop.


SUMMARY: NIST announces the Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop III to be 
held on April 7 and 8, 2011. The event will include keynotes from the 
U.S. Chief Information Officer, NIST Under Secretary of Commerce for 
Standards and Technology, and other key federal officials. This 
workshop will provide information on the NIST strategic and tactical 
Cloud Computing program, including progress on the NIST efforts to 
advance open standards in interoperability, portability and security in 
cloud computing. The goals of this workshop are to present updates on: 
The NIST U.S. Government (USG) Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap; a 
series of high-value target U.S. Government Agency Cloud Computing 
Business Use Cases; a first version of a neutral cloud computing 
reference architecture and taxonomy; the NIST Standards Roadmap and the 
Standards Acceleration to Jumpstart the Adoption of Cloud Computing 
(SAJACC) process; and progress by the NIST Cloud Computing Security 
working group. The event will also include panels focusing on Cloud 
Computing across the Federal landscape as well as broad private sector 

DATES: The Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop III will be held April 7 
and 8, 2011.

ADDRESSES: The event will be held at the National Institute of 
Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 in 
the Red Auditorium of the Administration Building, Building 101. All 
visitors to the NIST site are required to pre-register to be admitted 
and have appropriate government-issued photo ID to gain entry to NIST. 
Anyone wishing to attend this meeting must register at http://www.nist.gov/itl/cloud/cloudworkshopiii.cfm by close of business 
Monday, March 28, 2011, in order to attend.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Robert 
Bohn by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (301) 975-4500.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 20, 2010, NIST hosted the first Cloud 
Computing Forum & Workshop. The purpose of that initial workshop was to 
respond to the request of the Federal Chief Information Officer to NIST 
to lead Federal efforts on standards for data portability, cloud 
interoperability, and security. The workshop's goals were to initiate 
engagement with industry to accelerate the development of cloud 
standards for interoperability, portability, and security; introduce 
NIST Cloud Computing efforts; and discuss the Federal Government's 
experience with cloud computing.
    The purpose of the second Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop II, on 
November 4 and 5, 2010, was to report on the status of the efforts and 
to socialize the NIST strategy to collaboratively develop a Cloud 
Computing Roadmap among multiple Federal and industrial stakeholders, 
and to advance a dialogue between these groups. Panel discussions 
considered the roles of standard organizations and ad-hoc standards in 
the cloud; need and use of a reference architecture to support cloud 
adoption; key cloud computing issues and proposed solutions; security 
in the cloud; and international aspects of cloud computing. Breakout 
sessions on the following day, November 5, actively engaged 
stakeholders, discussed these issues, and developed a series of next 
steps for the effort in cloud computing standards. NIST led and stake-
holder driven working groups in Standards, Security, Reference 
Architecture and Taxonomy, Target USG Agency Business Use Cases and 
SAJACC were formed.
    The purpose of the Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop III is to 
elaborate on the progress of the NIST USG Cloud Computing Technology 
Roadmap through the activities of the NIST led, stake-holder driven 
working groups that were formed during the November 2010 event. The 
progress of these groups will be presented over a two-day span. Panel

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discussions relating to their applicability to the USG need, strategy 
and next steps will be held.

    Dated: March 8, 2011.
Charles H. Romine,
Acting Associate Director for Laboratory Programs.
[FR Doc. 2011-6034 Filed 3-14-11; 8:45 am]