Cloud computing is one of the hot topics in the IT industry. Along with artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, it is part of the trifecta of digital technologies that are predicted to transform our lives.
To enable the standardization of cloud computing at the international level, the IEC and ISO joint technical committee on IT set up a subcommittee in this area: ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38. The Chair of this subcommittee, Steve Holbrook, provides his thoughts on the definition of cloud computing, the role of international standards, innovations and data flows.
Defining cloud computing
According to Holbrook, cloud computing is a new paradigm in the area of distributed processing. It is the most efficient method that has been developed that allows for the shared use of resources – computing resources, storage resources and network resources – that are essential for computing.
Role of international standards
International standards are essential for eliminating technical barriers to trade. They allow for services in the cloud to be made available to others regardless of the country where they originated.
Innovation in cloud computing
Holbrook notes that much innovation is taking place in cloud computing is in the open source community. New notions, such as Dockers and Kubernetes container management, have been introduced and are affecting how services are delivered on the Internet.
Managing data flows
Standards can help in defining how data flows from devices to cloud services and the responsibilities of each party.