Cloud Computing – white papers

by Justin Souter on September 7, 2009

This is the second of three planned posts to bring together some useful introductory material around Cloud – designed to give a balanced view, and cover the upsides as well as the challenges (e.g. security):

  • Videos (from YouTube)
  • This one, Whitepapers (from Scribd)
  • Presentations

Because these are written works, necessarily there is more scope for detail and balance. These appear to be surprisingly good resources (well, *I* was pleasantly surprised).

Background papers

Draft NIST Working Definition of Cloud Computing v15

From the US National Institute of Standards and Technology – Information Technology Laboratory, a two-page definition.

Draft NIST Working Definition of Cloud Computing v15

Cloud Computing Use Cases Whitepaper

A tremendous paper setting out different scenarios for Cloud Computing, and practical examples which include benefits and concerns.

Cloud Computing Use Cases Whitepaper

Cloud Computing awareness survey

A insight from the end-user perspective.

“The methodology for the Rackspace Hosting survey research, which was conducted between mid-October and mid-November of 2008, involved 1,500 US- and UK-based small- and mid-sized companies.

Approximately 36 percent of survey recipients responded to the questions.”

CLOUD HOSTING AWARENESS SURVEY

Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing

A superb summary of the issues, even if you only manage the Executive Summary! ;-)

Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing

Vendor Papers

What the Enterprise Needs to Know About Cloud Computing

Accenture’s take, the most accessible from a business perspective.

Cloud Computing What the Enterprise Needs to Know About Cloud Computing

IBM Perspective on Cloud Computing

A 12 page summary of IBM’s position, with customer examples.

IBM Perspective on Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Primer

Sun Microsystems’ take on Cloud. Given Larry Ellison’s seeming contempt for Cloud (as per the previous Cloud post), it will be fascinating to see how Oracle progresses from a tie-up with AWS – to more fully integrating Sun & its expertise.

It’s 2/3rds Cloud intro & 1/3rd Sun product plug, but still a worthwhile read.

Cloud Computing Primer

Microsoft – Intro to Azure

I’m whanging this in here for the purposes of balance, but arguably not as well developed as the other documents here. Suggestions for a better doc, anyone?

Introducing the Azure Services Platform v1

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