Two New Publications Provide a Cloud Computing Standards Roadmap and Reference Architecture (image) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Share Print E-Mail Caption Cloud computing involves five actors: consumer, provider, auditor, broker and carrier. This illustration shows the possible communication paths between them. Credit NIST Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.