Standards in Cloud Computing

IEEE Standards Association

Developing Standards for Cloud Computing

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) is a leading consensus building organization that nurtures, develops and advances global technologies, through IEEE. We bring together a broad range of individuals and organizations from a wide range of technical and geographic points of origin to facilitate standards development and standards related collaboration. With collaborative thought leaders in more than 160 countries, we promote innovation, enable the creation and expansion of international markets and help protect health and public safety. Collectively, our work drives the functionality, capabilities and interoperability of a wide range of products and services that transform the way people live, work and communicate.

The IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative has originated two working drafts:

P2301 (Cloud Profiles) Access P2301 Working Group
P2302 (Intercloud) Access P2302 Working Group

IEEE Adaptive Management for Cloud Computing (AMCC)
Study Group

Adaptive, policy-based management in cloud based environments


International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Cloud Computing and Standardization: Technical Reports Published

ITU-T’s Focus Group on Cloud Computing has completed its preliminary study into cloud computing’s standardization ecosystem and has released its FG Cloud Technical Report (Parts 1 to 7). The reports signal the conclusion of the Focus Group’s study period and its findings come to form input for the cloud computing work taking place across the ITU-T under the leadership of Study Group 13 (Future Networks), overseen by the Joint Coordination Activity on Cloud Computing.

Clear industry demand for the technology and the promise of new revenues to ICT players has led to great market optimism, with one forecast predicting that global cloud IP traffic will account for more than one-third of total data center traffic by 2015. Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2010–2015 (PDF, 799 KB).

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Cloud Computing Program

NIST's long-term goal is to provide leadership and guidance around the cloud computing paradigm to catalyze its use within industry and government. NIST aims to shorten the adoption cycle, which will enable near-term cost savings and increased ability to quickly create and deploy safe and secure enterprise solutions. NIST aims to foster cloud computing practices that support interoperability, portability, and security requirements that are appropriate and achievable for important usage scenarios.

The NIST area of focus is technology, and specifically, interoperability, portability, and security requirements, standards, and guidance. The intent is to use the standards strategy to prioritize NIST tactical projects which support USG agencies in the secure and effective adoption of the cloud computing model to support their missions. The expectation is that the set of priorities will be useful more broadly by industry, SDOs, cloud adopters, and policy makers.

Visit NIST Cloud Computing Program at

Read NIST Special Publication 500-291, NIST Cloud Computing Standards Roadmap, July 2011 (PDF. 1.52 MB)