Why Cloud Standards Matter

Effective cloud data management and interoperability is critical for organizations looking to gain control and security over their cloud usage in hybrid and multicloud environments. The Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI™), also known as the ISO/IEC 17826 International Standard, is intended for application developers who are implementing or using cloud storage systems, and who are developing applications to manage and consume cloud storage. It specifies how to access cloud storage namespaces and how to interoperably manage the data stored in these namespaces. Standardizing the metadata that expresses the requirements for the data, leads to multiple clouds from different vendors treating your data the same.

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Addressing Cloud Security Threats with Standards

In a recent SNIA webinar, Cloud Standards: What They Are, Why You Should Care, the SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative (CSTI) highlighted some of the key cloud computing standards being developed and published by the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38 (Cloud Computing and Distributed Platforms) and SC 27 (Information security, cybersecurity and privacy protection) standards committees. While ISO and IEC are not the only organizations producing cloud computing standards and specifications (e.g., ITU-T, OASIS, NIST, ENISA, SNIA, etc.), their standards, sometime developed jointly with ITU-T, can play a role in addressing WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) issues. More importantly, they provide a baseline of cloud terminology, concepts, guidance/requirements, and expectations that are recognized internationally.

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Pay Attention to These Cloud Standards

What’s going on in the world of cloud standards? Since the initial publication of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) definition of cloud computing in NIST SP 800-145 in 2011, international standards development organizations (SDOs) have sought to refine and expand the cloud computing landscape. On February 13, 2020 at our next live SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies Initiative webcast “Cloud Standards: What They Are, Why You Should Care” we will dive into the cloud standards worth noting as Eric Hibbard, standards expert and ISO editor, will discuss:

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