The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has begun work on an industry Code of Conduct.
The forum, a sub-group of FAST, met last week to agree the process of developing a ‘strawman' code of conduct, which aims to eventually standardise and certify enterprises offering cloud computing services.
The debate encompassed a wide range of issues pertinent to its development, incorporating discussions on areas such as operational issues, delivery, financial viability of suppliers, governance and technology standards and interoperability.
FAST chief executive, John Lovelock, claimed that one of the key points was the need to define the word ‘cloud'.
Echoing comments made earlier this week by LogLogic CEO Guy Churchward, LoveLock said: “Already the market is beginning to subdivide with the growth of terms such as private cloud/public cloud and if left unchecked we could see the entire term becoming blurred which would confuse and hamper its adoption.
“Organisations seeking to use these services need a straightforward form of certification, or ‘Code of Conduct' for potential suppliers that will accurately define the services offered and standards of operation and security.”
Andy Burton, chairman of the CIF Group and chief executive of 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.
“What is needed now is an objective, clearly understood approach to the concept of cloud computing that will detail how it will impact business, how it can be used with existing investments, and just which supplier can offer the best solution for a particular business need.
“CIF intend to drive the debate to ensure that cloud providers work together to ensure that challenges to cloud adoption – such as security, integration, portability, interoperability, governance and management – are addressed in an industry-wide Code of Conduct.”