Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released for public comment a draft roadmap for implementing cloud computing technology across U.S. government agencies.  The roadmap is intended to foster adoption of cloud computing by federal agencies, reduce uncertainty surrounding cloud computing by improving the information available to policymakers, and facilitate the further development of the cloud computing model.  The deadline for comments is December 2, 2011. 

The roadmap is composed of three volumes: Volume I establishes priorities for implementation and provides a general understanding and overview of the background, purpose, and next steps for the U.S. government’s cloud computing initiatives.  Volume II is a technical reference guide for people actively working on cloud computing initiatives, while volume III is intended for policymakers who are implementing cloud computing solutions.  Volume I identifies ten requirements that must be satisfied in order for cloud computing initiatives to be implemented, including international interoperability, portability, and security standards; defined government regulatory requirements, technology gaps, and solutions; and defined and implemented reliability design goals.

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Michael Nonaka is a partner in the firm’s Financial Institutions practice group. He represents banks and other financial institutions on a wide variety of bank regulatory, enforcement, legislative and policy issues.  Mr. Nonaka also is co-chair of the firm’s Fintech Initiative and works…

Michael Nonaka is a partner in the firm’s Financial Institutions practice group. He represents banks and other financial institutions on a wide variety of bank regulatory, enforcement, legislative and policy issues.  Mr. Nonaka also is co-chair of the firm’s Fintech Initiative and works with a number of banks, lending companies, money transmitters, payments firms, technology companies, and service providers on innovative technologies such as big data, blockchain and related technologies, bitcoin and other virtual currencies, same day payments, and online lending.