Cloud computing code of conduct under development

With the continual growth of the cloud computing industry, the formation of an industry body was probably inevitable. The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is instigating the creation of the CIF (Cloud Industry Forum) to provide universal definitions for industry standards, as well as a means of accrediting industry members with a recognised professional stamp.

FAST’s Chief Executive John Lovelock explained the inspiration behind the CIF. With the increasing reach of the cloud industry and the involvement of global corporations as well as independent firms, the need for a code of conduct and clear service definitions is seen as clear justification for the CIF. Lovelock believes that this will allow businesses seeking cloud computing services to assess their potential industry partners against uniform criteria and certification. Lovelock also stated that the aim of a code of conduct would be to improve cloud computing standards across the board, with benefits for all parties involved.

The list of CIF members is yet to be released and is the subject of much debate. The reputation of FAST suggests that many of the larger cloud computing providers will be central to the CIF’s operation. However, consultation with the industry as a whole is expected to be a core concern of the CIF and the requirements of current and future clients will need to be addressed in order to ensure its success.

CIF chairman Andy Burton emphasised the importance of co-operation and coexistence with the industry. The CIF would have to act in accordance with these ideals and avoid becoming a dictatorial centralised body. Burton also focused on the need for the development of an identifiable image for cloud computing. This would allow customers and clients to instantly relate to a seal of approval. He cited the example of the padlock symbol, which almost universally represents a secure connection when internet users are shopping online.

The sustainability of the cloud computing industry will rely on customer confidence and a focus on security. Any move towards market visibility and industry cohesion will almost certainly be of considerable value for all parties.

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