Cloud computing code of conduct to be developed

21 December 2009

A new cloud computing code of conduct is being developed to increase security and transparency surrounding businesses offering the service, a technology industry body has announced.

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) held a roundtable event to debate key issues to include in a code, which the body believes would “standardise and certify” vendors offering the service.

Discussion focused on a range of topics including governance, delivery, financial viability of suppliers and interoperability.

Andy Burton, chairman of the CIF Group and chief executive at web-hosting company Fasthosts, said: “There is now no doubt that the
buzz around the concept of Cloud has reached new heights. Many in the IT industry are claiming it will be the next evolution of the internet.

“Equally there are sceptical voices to be heard. But as with every new trend in the IT world, organisations are looking to identify the benefits and risks of Cloud Computing and the best way to use it.”

He called for the creation of clear guidelines outlining how the service can impact businesses and be used in accordance with existing investments.

A working group consisting of industry professionals is to be set up by the CIF to develop a code in the UK.

By Jim Ottewill

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