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Reference Architecture

  • NIST will lead interested USG agencies and industry to define a neutral cloud computing reference architecture and taxonomy to extend the NIST cloud computing model, to use as a frame of reference to facilitate communication, and to illustrate and understand various cloud services in the context of an overall Cloud Computing Model. NIST will lead and facilitate through open public stakeholder meetings, and working groups created through an open public invitation process. The expectation is that industry, SDOs, consortium, as well as federal, state and local governments will actively participate and contribute.


  • Meeting #1: This announcement is to inform you of the kickoff meeting for the NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture & Taxonomy Working Group. It will be held via telecon, Monday, January 10, 2011 from 1100-1300 EST. Dial up information and materials are available from the NIST Cloud Computing Twiki site.   
Created November 18, 2010, Updated March 23, 2018