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Cloud non-profit bodies band together

Two not-for-profit organisations promoting the Cloud industry have thrown their lot in together in order, they say, to drive the push towards best practice in the ether.

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner on activities that will promote best practices and industry standards surrounding the commercial adoption of cloud computing.

The pair say they want to promote security, transparency and trust between supplier and consumer.

Andy Burton, chairman of the Cloud Industry Forum and CEO of Fasthosts, said in a statement: "The aim of our partnership is to support each other’s market initiatives and in turn aid best practice adoption among cloud service providers, which we believe will also improve end user awareness and confidence in cloud computing."

The move is a-part of a drive to push a Code of Practice for cloud computing. There are a number of standards bodies seeking to provide common standards for security, privacy and interoperability and the CIF and the CSA have thrown their lot in together to push their own ideas.

According to Burton, "The CSA is a very credible and trusted voice in the market for driving awareness and best practices for the security of cloud-based services among vendors and subscribers, and to that end they complement the work of CIF in driving the Code of Practice principles in delivering critical information about the transparency, capability and accountability of cloud service providers.”

The Cloud Industry Forum was established in 2009 to provide transparency through certification to a Code of Practice for credible online Cloud service providers.

Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice-president for the digital agenda, recently declared that Europe needed to become not just "cloud-friendly" but "cloud-active" and demanded tighter regulation of cloud computing.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, which these days prefers the simple title IEEE, recently outlined to thinq_ its own initiative to promote a cloud code of practice