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IEEE’s comprehensive portfolio of offerings set to accelerate the development of cloud computing and the global cloud computing industry

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA, 27 June 2012 — Today IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity, introduced a comprehensive set of resources and activities that bring together expertise from across the global organization to help accelerate the development and use of cloud computing technologies. The collection of resources and activities, established under the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative (CCI), can be accessed from the newly launched IEEE Cloud Computing Web Portal, which provides members of the technical community as well as the general public a convenient, centralized gateway to news and information about cloud computing and the many activities organized and led by the IEEE CCI.

The IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative represents the first, broad-based collaborative endeavor for cloud computing to be offered by a global technical professional organization. The IEEE CCI coordinates, under one umbrella, the extensive work that experts from multiple disciplines within IEEE contribute to cloud computing and makes the results of this work conveniently available to anyone who wants to learn about them. The initiative will help advance the understanding and use of the cloud computing paradigm, which is expected to have a significant impact on the entire information and communications ecosystem and lead to the creation of 14 million new jobs. Six interdependent activity tracks are included in the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative: the Web portal; conferences; continuing education courses; publications; standards development; and a test bed to be used in the development of cloud standards and applications as well as for education and research.

“We are very excited to introduce this coordinated portfolio of cloud computing activities and to facilitate access, from the Web portal, to IEEE’s many technological resources and its deep expertise in the transformative field of cloud computing,” said Steve Diamond, chair of the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative.

“We encourage IEEE members, volunteers, our partners throughout the industry, and the general public to visit the Web portal to stay abreast of the latest news in this field, to contribute to the portal via the site’s feedback mechanisms, and to use the portal to take advantage of the information posted on individual tracks dedicated to conferences, publications, education, standards and test bed research.”

The new resources and activities substantially build on and expand the highly respected activities offered by IEEE societies. The IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative, funded by the IEEE New Initiative Committee and supported by IEEE Future Directions, conducts its work in close collaboration with various IEEE societies including the Computer Society, Communications Society, Power & Energy Society, the Consumer Electronics Society, the Reliability Society, and the IEEE Systems Council.

IEEE Cloud Computing Web Portal

The Web portal, available at, is designed to become a “go-to” Internet source for authoritative information about cloud computing. The portal will provide direct access to the IEEE CCI’s tracks dedicated to cloud computing conferences; educational materials; technical journals; standards activities; as well as cloud computing work that is under way by various IEEE technical societies. It will showcase feature stories and interviews with IEEE experts as well as cloud computing news from the trade and business press. It will enable users to get involved and participate in new cloud computing opportunities. It will also provide easy access to the IEEE Xplore digital library.

IEEE Cloud Computing Conferences

The IEEE CCI, in collaboration with IEEE societies, is organizing conferences to give thought leaders, users, vendors and interest groups opportunities to exchange knowledge and discuss cloud computing issues. The conference track launched this week at the IEEE CLOUD 2012 conference in Honolulu. The IEEE CCI has also developed a series of new conferences on cloud computing that will begin in the fourth quarter of 2012 with regional Cloud Congress conferences held in major cities in Asia Pacific, Latin America, Europe, and North America. The IEEE CCI will also launch a series of IEEE Cloud Computing for Emerging Markets (CCEM) conferences. The first of these will be held October 11-12, 2012 in Bangalore, India. The IEEE CCI will also create and sponsor a Cloud Computing World Forum in 2013.

IEEE Continuing Education

The education track will offer IEEE members and non-members a library of eLearning courses, which provide professional development hours or continuing education units on topics pertaining to cloud security, reliability, architecture and economics. Also, in conjunction with the IEEE CCI standards activities, this track will offer a cloud computing test bed environment that can be used for training in cloud computing, conducting research, or testing cloud applications. The track will also facilitate work with universities around the world to develop cloud computing-centric curricula and resources that can be used to train current and future professionals in cloud computing.

IEEE Cloud Computing Publications

The IEEE is launching new publications on cloud computing for both expert and lay audiences. A peer-reviewed engineering journal, the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, is scheduled to launch in 2013. Two publications are under active development:  IEEE Cloud Computing Magazine, a peer-reviewed publication, will cover broader interest topics and is targeted to practitioners, academics, and the general community; Cloud Computing Letters will rapidly disseminate cutting-edge ideas and significant contributions. The IEEE is also working to develop infrastructure and a publishing paradigm that it can use to publish “big data” sets for access by researchers around the world.

IEEE Cloud Computing Standards

The IEEE CCI is leading the way on standards that will be fundamental to the creation of interoperable and accessible cloud computing platforms. In particular, the IEEE P2302 Draft Standard for Intercloud Interoperability and Federation focuses on standards for cloud-to-cloud interfaces. For information about this standard, please visit the P2302 ™ Working Group Web site at

IEEE Cloud Computing Test Bed

The test bed will be a cloud infrastructure comprised of assets from participating universities and industry partners. It will be used to develop and test protocols that will be formalized in the IEEE P2302TM interoperability standard. It will also be available as a resource for the initiative’s conference, educational, and publishing activities.

For more information about the IEEE Cloud Computing initiative, please visit

About IEEE

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