NIST gets in the Cloud Computing game

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It looks like NIST is now getting interested in cloud computing. I found it somewhat interesting that the information on their web site about Cloud Computing is provided by their Computer Security Division, possibly indicating that security is one of the most important issues that need to be addressed before Cloud Computing can become more accepted.

Apparently, it's even tricky for NIST to sort through some of the claims that people make about Cloud Computing. According to the NIST’s “Presentation on Effectively and Securely Using the Cloud Computing Paradigm v20”, for example, there's a fairly wide range of estimates for the potential cost savings that Cloud Computing can allow: from 18 percent to 90 percent. That's a fairly big range.

Something that saves you 90 percent is certainly a much bigger deal than something that can save you 18 percent. If I had to bet, I'd say that the estimates of 90 percent are way off, and the real savings that are possible are much lower.

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