The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has hit back at the newly unveiled UK Cloud Alliance by raising questions about the possible motives behind the formation of the group, as well as about the independence of its members.
The UK Cloud Alliance came into being only yesterday with the view of providing Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and mid-market firms with a large number of quality cloud suppliers.
The group is led by Star and currently enjoys 14 members including the likes of Glasshouse, Nexus, Total UK, Plan B, Itica, Modern Network, Ubertas, Pythagoras, Concentra, Maindec, Digirati, Liux IT, Redstor and NewVoiceMedia.
During the launch of the group, the business development director at Star, Mr. Grant Tanner had praised the works of various cloud bodies active in the market presently, including the CIF. However, he also did not miss out on the opportunity to have a go at the CIF at the same breath. In his statement to ChannelWeb, Mr. Tanner reportedly compared CIF with “talking shops”.
"Apparently a rigorous process was implemented to whittle down ‘thousands' of would-be cloud providers into a list of just 15 to 17 businesses that can meet the needs of the UK SMB market," CIF chairman Andy Burton lashed out at the group led by Star, ChannelWeb reports.