Draft guidance from the government, being released for public comment, offer an early model for metrics that government agencies, businesses and other organizations could use as they select an appropriate cloud computing vendor partner.

“New cloud computing providers and services are entering the market at a dizzying pace. Different organizations and groups often use the same cloud computing terms with slightly different, or even contradictory meanings, leading to confusion among cloud service providers, customer and carriers,” according to NIST, an agency of the Department of Commerce. “The lack of clear definitions for cloud computing terms makes them inherently immeasurable.”

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