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Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations



Mark L. Badger, Timothy Grance, Robert Patt-Corner, Jeffrey M. Voas


This document reprises the NIST-established definition of cloud computing, describes cloud computing benefits and open issues, presents an overview of major classes of cloud technology, and provides guidelines and recommendations on how organizations should consider the relative opportunities and risks of cloud computing.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-146
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cloud computing, computer security, virtualization


Badger, M. , Grance, T. , Patt-Corner, R. and Voas, J. (2012), Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 29, 2023)
Created May 29, 2012, Updated November 10, 2018