ARTS Releases Guide to Cloud Computing

A white paper on Cloud Computing for Retail, explaining how this technology can lowers IT costs for retailers, was released yesterday by the Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), the standards division of the National Retail Federation here.

WASHINGTON — A white paper on “Cloud Computing for Retail,” explaining how this technology can lower IT costs for retailers, was released yesterday by the Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), the standards division of the National Retail Federation here.

The paper was developed by an ARTS member committee chaired by Kroger and IBM. Cloud Computing is an emerging computing model allowing users to gain access to their applications from any location, through any connected device, making the infrastructure transparent to the user.

“Retailers considering cloud computing will find this white paper an excellent guide for success,” said Richard Mader, executive director or ARTS, in a statement. “It provides unbiased insight into security, reliability, functionality, costs and the role of SOA.”

The draft paper is available now to ARTS members through www.nrf-arts.org [2]. Release 1.0, the final version of the white paper, is scheduled for January 2010. When it is released, the final version will be free to ARTS members and $249 for non-members.

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