NIST creates cloud computing test bed

Sunday - 11/7/2010, 5:22pm EST

Federal News Radio's Max Cacas reports.

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Federal News Radio was on hand for the latest NIST Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop where the agency announced it has created a cloud computing test bed named Koala.

Dawn Leaf, NIST’s senior executive for Cloud Computing, told those in attendance the objective of the test bed is to “assess and characterize resource allocation algorithms within a public infrastructure-as-a-service cloud model.” NIST says it hopes to have the first results of the Koala tests by early 2011.

Leaf said agencies are anxious to get cloud guidance as soon as it is available.

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra was also on hand. Hear what he had to say about the cloud by listening to the report above by Federal News Radio’s Max Cacas. You can also read more here.