"High Quality Metric-Based SLAs for Cloud Computing" - Dr. Robert Bohn

(presented at FASTER CoP on June 22, 2017)

About the Speaker:

Dr. Robert Bohn serves as Program Manager for the NIST Cloud Computing Program. In this role, he manages and coordinates the goals and strategy of the program. Through collaborations with industrial, academic and other government stakeholders, NIST published the US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap (NIST SP 500-293). The requirements in the roadmap focus on the issues of security, interoperability and portability to ensure a safe & secure adoption of cloud computing for the USG.

Previously, Dr. Bohn served as the Technical Coordinator for the High End Computing Interagency Working Group (HEC-IWG) at National Coordination Office of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) under the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). He now serves as a co-chair for the FASTER Community of Practice under the NITRD Program.

He was a recipient of a National Research Council fellowship at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, received Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois.


The ecosystem of cloud computing is surrounded by a flurry of technical issues (availability, performance, data management) which in turn create challenges for procurement of cloud services. Moreover, to embrace the cloud model, the ability to measure the aspects of the service is crucial. A generic Service Level Agreement from a cloud provider cannot be directly compared to another since many times, there are differences in the vocabulary, the meanings and other terms. The community needs to have a standard dictionary of terms, reusable components and a series of metrics that can be validated. This talk will encompass the work that NIST has performed in collaboration with ISO/IEC to create SLA standards and metrics. In addition, the NIST team is working to leverage these standards to create a USG SLA base model that agencies can use for their procurements.

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