The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has launched its draft Code of Practice for public consultation.

The CIF is now seeking feedback on the code, which has been in development since October 2009, and is asking for end-users, providers and other stakeholders to participate in the consultation process by downloading the draft code.

Andy Burton, chairman of CIF and CEO of Fasthosts, claimed that the forum and code were ‘definitely moving forward'. He said: “The consultation opens today and it is open until the end of May, then we will consider the feedback during June and in July we will test it to make sure it works in practise. We are expecting a public launch on the 1st September.

“We will go to service providers and the endpoint community, it is there for the industry to look and work at and it will have a thorough certification mark. We are pushing education in the marketplace and we see that the certification mark will help make providers accessible and understandable.”

He claimed that interest in CIF had been growing rapidly since it announced its formation in 2009, and since that time the founding members have been working hard to develop a detailed Code of Practice.

“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,” said Burton.

The Code of Practice itself encompasses a wide range of pertinent issues that is categorises into three key facets of transparency, capability and accountability. The code can be downloaded from