Given the amount that is written about the Cloud it is not surprising that many have entered various terminology and definitions into text that it can be difficult to know which are accepted industry vocabulary. Part of the work of the ISO/IEC is produce standards adopted by national bodies; thus they hold greater weight when used to identify particular technology in legal proceedings, for development reports or quotations/tenders or for training/education purposes because such vocabulary and definitions have been adopted by industry (**see more details below).
Two standards I would recommend all organisations retain a copy:
ISO/IEC 17788:2014 1st Information technology -- Cloud computing -- Overview and vocabulary JTC1/SC38 provides an overview of cloud computing along with a set of terms and definitions. It is a terminology foundation for cloud computing standards.
Download Standard: http://standards.iso.org/ittf/PubliclyAvailableStandards/c060544_ISO_IEC_17788_2014.zip
ISO/IEC 17789:2014 1st Information technology -- Cloud computing -- Reference architecture JTC1/SC38 specifies the cloud computing reference architecture (CCRA). The reference architecture includes the cloud computing roles, cloud computing activities, and the cloud computing functional components and their relationships
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ISO/IEC 17788 was prepared by Joint Technical Committee ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology, Subcommittee SC 38, Distributed application platforms and services (DAPS), in collaboration with ITU-T. The identical text is published as ITU-T Rec. Y.3500 (08/2014)
ISO/IEC 17789 was prepared by Joint Technical Committee ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology, Subcommittee SC 38, Distributed application platforms and services (DAPS), in collaboration with ITU-T. The identical text is published as ITU-T Rec. Y.3502 (08/2014).