The NIST Cloud and Big Data Workshop brought together leaders and innovators from industry, academia and government in an interactive format that combined keynote presentations, panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions and open discussion. The conference was led off by Pat Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director, NIST, and Steven VanRoekel, the Chief Information Officer of the United States.
The second and third days of the workshop focused on the intersection of Cloud and Big Data. Fully realizing the power of Big Data depends on meeting the unprecedented demands on storage, integration, and analysis presented by massive data sets--demands that Cloud innovators are working to meet today. The workshop explored possibilities for harmonizing Cloud and Big Data measurement, benchmarking, and standards in ways that bring the power of these two approaches to bear in driving progress and prosperity. Whether you were interested in Big Data as a service, analytics and visualization, operational infrastructure, or other areas, the workshop gave you the opportunity to share your ideas and explore those of others on key questions such as:
- What benchmarks are needed to evaluate different Cloud architectures and implementations for Big Data applications?
- How do the ways in which Big Data are structured and measured today either facilitate or impede Cloud solutions? What changes are needed?
- What standards and metrics could be harmonized to create synergy between Cloud and Big Data? What standards are missing?
- How are Big Data analytics changing/influencing Cloud and vice-versa?
- What are the needs for interoperability with regard to Big Data in the Cloud?
- What is your most pressing question regarding Big Data in the Cloud?
Webcast and Twitter Chat:
The event was webcast live January 15-16, 2013 and is available for playback on this page >>. Online participants submitted questions and comments using the event hashtag #NISTCloud.