Report Released On Coordinating Standards For Cloud Computing In Europe

Author:Ms Cynthia O'Donoghue
Profession:Reed Smith

The European Commission has announced that the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has finally released a report titled 'Cloud Standards Coordination'. This report marks an important step in materialising the European Cloud Computing Strategy 'Unleashing Potential in the Cloud,' first published in 2012.

The European Commission tasked ETSI to 'cut through the jungle of standards' that have proliferated for cloud computing services. Interestingly, the ETSI report states that cloud standardization is far more focused than originally anticipated. Furthermore, it has confirmed that while the Cloud Standards landscape is complex, 'it is not chaotic and by no means a jungle.'

The report usefully sets out the following:

A definition of the key roles in cloud computing and illustrative diagram of the roles played by the Cloud Service Customer, Cloud Service Provider and Cloud Service Partner An analysis and classification of more than 100 cloud computing use cases across three phases, including acquisition, operation and termination of cloud services A list of more than 20 relevant organisations involved in cloud computing standardization, including, for example, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security, the International Organisation for Standardization, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology A map of core cloud computing documents including a selection of more than 150 resource documents, such as standards and specifications, as well as reports and white papers related to different activities to be undertaken by Cloud Service Customers and Cloud Service Providers over the cloud service life-cycle The report also lists a series of recommendations, including:

Interoperability in the cloud requires standardization in APIs, data models and vocabularies Existing security and privacy standards must keep pace with technological...

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