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Evaluation of Cloud Computing Services Based on NIST SP 800-145



Eric D. Simmon


This document provides clarification for qualifying a given computing capability as a cloud service by determining if it aligns with the NIST definition of cloud computing; and for categorizing a cloud service according to the most appropriate service model (SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS).
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 500-322
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Cloud Computing, Cloud Computing Definition, Cloud Services, Cloud Service Categorization, Cloud Service Evaluation, Cloud Service Models, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS


Simmon, E. (2018), Evaluation of Cloud Computing Services Based on NIST SP 800-145, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 19, 2024)


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Created February 23, 2018, Updated November 10, 2018