RESOLUTION GSC-16/32: (Plenary)Cloud Computing (Revised)

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The
16
th

Global Standards Collaboration meeting

(
Halifax
,
31 October


3 November 2011
)


Recognizing:

a)

c
ontinental
electric grids
, global telephone systems, and the Internet all facilitated
economic growth by expanding access to customers and resources i
n a way that led to
demand for new products and services
;

b)

Cloud C
omputing also has the potential to fuel a virtuous cycle of technological and
economic growth


new services spur global demand for cloud access, which in turn
leads to innovative produc
ts to

enhance cloud performance;

c)

t
he cloud’s global nature holds the promise of new entrants from all parts of the world
fueling economic opportunity on a global level
;

d)

Cloud C
omputing will build on existing network components and functionality, e.g.
security,
privacy
; and

e)

t
hat

the traditional boundaries of Information T
echnology (IT) and the
telecommunications industry

have shifted into a converged Information and
Communications T
echnology (ICT) industry.


Considering:

a)

electric grids
, phone systems and the Inte
rnet have some common characteristics that
contributed to their success:

-

e
ach promoted greater inclusion by expanding access to markets and resources
;

-

e
ach established appropriate industry standards for connectivity and use
;

-

e
ach gained greater value when
privately developed systems were linked
;

-

e
ach provided a venue that people grew to trust for facilitating commerce
; and

-

e
ach provided greater opportunities for competition among market participants;

b)

t
hese same characteristics will

be important in ensuring
that Cloud C
omputing realizes its
full potential as an efficient vehicle for conducting global commerce;

c)

s
trong interoperability to facilitate communication between new and existing cloud
services and infrastructure requires well defined identity and autho
rization technologies
to securely span across cloud providers;

d)

C
loud
C
omputing must become a trusted foundation for new development, with
transparency on security, privacy, and management policies within the cloud, including
how data is protected;

e)

C
loud
C
o
mputing solutions must respect the fact that cloud users own the data that they
create and maintain in the cloud and must support the ability of users to extract such data;

and

f)

t
hat many GSC Members
, standards organizations, governments, the IT industry, a
nd
other vertical sectors

have wo
rk efforts underway to address the many facets of C
loud
C
omputing standardization
.

RESOLUTION GSC
-
16
/
32
: (Pl
enary)

Cloud Computing

(
Revised
)

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of
2


Resolves:

1)

i
nternational standards can play a significant role
in facilitating the success of Cloud
C
omputing as a vehicle for global econom
ic growth by establishing standards setting
agendas directed at satisfying the following principles
: (n
ote that these principles are

not
unique to Cloud Computing
and
,

in many cases
,

are already being at least partially
ad
dressed by other standards work
)
:

i.

Global Inclusion:

Standards must respect and provide for the varying present and
future needs of an internationally diverse population of cloud technology providers
and users that span across many technology and business sectors, so that long term
particip
ation and growth in the cloud e
conomy occurs on a global scale;

ii.

Interoperability:

Standards setting activities must provide for continued use of
existing proven standards and interoperability scenarios, where practical, so that
resources can be focused on

building innovative solutions to challenges present
ed by
emerging Cloud C
omputing use cases;

iii.

Security and Privacy
:

Standards and recommended conformance frameworks for
cloud technologies must enable platforms and services to provide for the level of trust

necessary to ensure broad scale adoption, focusing especially on delivering
transparency to cloud users in the areas of security and priv
acy; and

iv.

Data:

Standards and recommended conformance frameworks for cloud technologies
must be cognizant of the fact
that cloud users generally have rights related to the data
that they create and maintain in the cloud, and provide for cloud platforms and
services to enable users to extract such data.

2)

t
he Participating Standards Organization
s

(PSOs) are encouraged to c
ollaborate with
other organizations in the global ICT industry to advance standardization, including the
development of a converged cloud services framework
.



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