Cloud Computing is recognized by governments and private sector organizations as a game-changing technology.
Microsoft recently announced that it is adopting ISO/IEC 27018. This International Standard was developed “to establish a uniform, international approach to protecting privacy for personal data stored in the cloud,” says Microsoft’s Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, in a blog post here.
Cloud Computing has the potential to disrupt the IT products and services marketplace, so there are strong demands for near-term Cloud Computing standards.
IEC and ISO work on Cloud Computing standards
The same group that developed ISO/IEC 27018, ISO/IEC JTC (Joint Technical Committee) 1 / SC (Subcommittee) 38, are working with other standards setting organizations to propose new Cloud Computing standards and initiatives, based on an understanding of the market, business and user requirements for cloud computing.
“Cloud Computing is a shift in the paradigm for providing IT capabilities to users that may impact a great deal of future IT products, systems, and services,” said Dr. Donald Deutsch, Chair of ISO/IEC JTC 1 / SC 38.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published two other International Standards for Cloud Computing in October 2014:
- ISO/IEC 17788, Cloud Computing – Overview and Vocabulary
- ISO/IEC 17789, Cloud Computing – Reference Architecture
Driving compatibility, improved communication
Developed by ISO/IEC JTC (Joint Technical Committee) 1 – Information Technology – and ITU-T – the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector, they aim to address the piecemeal development of numerous and complicated cloud-based services and products, which can have compatibility issues.
Karen Higginbottom, ISO/IEC JTC 1 Chair said: “These International Standards for Cloud Computing will enable better communication between vendors and customers and will provide a basis for emerging and future cloud computing standards.”
- Interview with Don Deutsch, Chairman of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38, Distributed Application Platforms and Services here.
- More about about ISO/IEC JTC 1 Cloud Computing work here.
- Organizing cloud chaos media release here.