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Cloud Industry Forum Releases Code Of Practice

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has launched a Code of Practice for Cloud service providers, designed to promote the technology to a resistant market.

CIF says it has launched the Code of Practice after an extensive period of consultation and testing with around 200 organisations from a vairety of industry sectors.

The group hopes that the Code will help to improve standards in the industry and certify businesses offering cloud computing services.

CIF chairman and CEO of Fasthosts Andy Burton said: “Interest in CIF has been growing rapidly since we announced its formation and since that time the founding members have been working hard to develop a detailed Code of Practice.”

“What was critical in the development of the Code was not only the process of public consultation but critically a period during which our members could pilot the Code of Practice itself. That has taken over four months, raised a number of issues that had to be resolved relating to governance, transparency, capability and accountability, as well as detailed and comprehensive pilots being run by a number of CIF members.”

“We firmly believe that the market needs a credible and certifiable Code of Practice that provides transparency of Cloud services such that consumers can have clarity and confidence in their choice of provider. The market now has that benchmark.”

Compliance officer for Rackspace and CIF officer Phil Haylor said: “Cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) computing is growing at a phenomenal rate and so this sector needs control mechanisms.”

“By laying down the Code of Practice, the Cloud Industry Forum has now established a credible gauge for customers to assess a vendor's capability to deliver a robust and secure high quality cloudservice. With this clarity of information in place, the industry can now move forward and be judged on its ability to deliver."