Cloud computing owes its existence to a sizable collection of standards developed to facilitate communication, data exchange, and security. Still other standards are emerging to focus on technologies that support cloud computing, such as virtualization. Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) and others have and are developing cloud computing conceptual models, reference architectures, standards roadmaps, etc.
This standards inventory has been established and maintained to assist in developing the two editions of NIST Special Publication 500-291, "NIST Cloud Computing Standards Roadmap." This standards roadmap was developed by the public NIST Cloud Computing Standards Roadmap Working Group. NIST plans to continue to maintain this standards inventory.