November will see the full launch of the Cloud Industry Forum code of practice for clarity on cloud computing.
Chairman of the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) is Andy Burton, who is also CEO of cloud computing company Fasthosts. He told SC Magazine on the launch of the draft of the code of practice 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’.
Consultation was closed in August and now three months on, I asked Burton what had happened over the past three months as the complete code of practise was developed.
He said that the public consultation raised a number of issues where people were raising basic questions back to the cloud and how it performed in the public consultation process.
“We needed to go through and determine whether or not it needed to impact the code, or that we needed to re-educate the market about what the code was about. Or indeed, that we needed to change aspects about how the cloud actually works alongside other activities,” he said.
“I would say the key issues that came out of it are around governance and integrity; so one of the things that was very heavily mentioned in that public consultation process was the need to ensure that there was a fair balance in terms of the people that oversaw the Cloud Industry Board to make sure it wasn’t seen as some kind of industry junket.
“So we’ve made sure for example now that we’ve got a balance between industry members, end users, law practitioners around IT and independents such as organisations like BASDA, Eurocloud, Intellect, etc., involved within in the overall governance of the Cloud Industry Board.”
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