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Microsoft is participating in the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) initiative to jumpstart the adoption of cloud computing standards called Standards Acceleration to Jumpstart the Adoption of Cloud Computing, (SAJACC).The goal is to formulate a roadmap for adoption of high-quality cloud computing standards.
One way they do this is by providing working examples to show how key cloud computing use cases can be supported by interfaces implemented by various cloud services available today.
NIST works with industry, government agencies, and academia. They use an open and ongoing process of collecting and generating cloud system specifications. The hope is to have these resources serve to both accelerate the development of standards and reduce technical uncertainty during the interim adoption period before many cloud computing standards are formalized.
By using the Windows Azure Service Management REST APIs we are able to manage services and run simple operations including simple CRUD operations, solve simple authentication and authorizations using certificates. Our Service management components are built with RESTful principles and support multiple languages and runtimes including Java, PHP and .NET as well as IDEs including Eclipse and Visual Studio.
For more information, see Windows Azure Supports NIST Use Cases using Java.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation