The launch of the Cloud Industry Forum's Code of Practice has been welcomed by vendors in the sector.
As previously detailed by SC Magazine, the Code of Practice from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) encompasses a wide range of issues including operational issues, delivery, financial viability of suppliers, governance and technology standards and interoperability. It offers a point of reference when looking for vendors and service providers and help people to make informed decisions.
Phil Wainewright, UK president of EuroCloud, said: “We welcome this initiative which has been launched today as it helps end users as they look to the industry to define and agree on best practices for cloud computing which they can rely on.
“Organisations seeking to use these services need a straightforward form of certification or Code of Practice for potential suppliers that will unambiguously define the services offered, standards of operation and security. The CIF Code helps further EuroCloud's strategy to develop an industry-wide framework for customer confidence in the quality and integrity of cloud delivered services.”
Roland Van Breukelen from SAP's UK Business ByDesign team, said: “As a member of the EuroCloud UK board, SAP is delighted to see initiatives such as the Code of Practice from the CIF to help increase awareness and confidence in cloud computing through establishing a consistent set of vendor information which customers can review before signing up to an on demand service.”
CIF chairman and chief executive of Fasthosts Andy Burton, 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 and a 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.”