Cloud computing is recognized by governments and private sector organizations as a game-changing technology. ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38, and other standards setting organizations are proposing new cloud computing standards and initiatives, based on an understanding of the market/business/user requirements for cloud computing and a survey of related standardization activities.

Standards define interoperable technologies that provide the foundation for cloud computing. By initiating standardization activities only after first identifying cloud computing standardization requirements, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38, Distributed application platforms and services (DAPs) will address the public and private sector needs for standards that address end-user requirements and facilitate the rapid deployment of cloud computing. JTC 1/SC 38 is also developing a taxonomy, terminology and value proposition for cloud computing.


Promises of lower cost, higher throughput, and wider availability are all predicated on the assumption that computing clouds need not be unconnected technology islands. Standards and guidelines will specify interoperability and portability mechanisms to connect otherwise isolated processing clouds, resulting in faster deployment of end-user solutions such as eGovernment and eHealth, as well as serving those customers in private sector organizations.

Because standards for distributed application platforms and services are of particular interest to governments as well as private sector organizations, the probability of adoption is greatly increased by developing needed standards under the auspices of ISO/ IEC JTC 1, whose international imprimatur is widely recognized and accepted.


Cloud computing, Web services and SOA technologies will be implemented by organizations large and small, in the public and private sectors to deliver solutions to end-user communities of virtually every type.

Cloud computing has been recognized by governments and industry throughout the world as a high priority technology requiring global standardization. ISO/IEC JTC 1 is well-positioned to address the worldwide recognition of the need for global standards in this important emerging technology area.