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Code of Practice certified cloud service providers have declared and committed to providing good quality services that adhere to the guidelines and best practices set out in the COP.
Like with any traditional technology, customers expect the cloud to demonstrate transparency, capability and accountability, and we are confident that our robust and specialised solutions offer the stability needed to encourage businesses to work closely with cloud service providers to become more efficient.
As technologies like cloud develop at pace it is vital that pioneers come together and share their knowledge for the future of the industry. The Cloud Industry Forum plays a crucial role in ensuring that the technologies of tomorrow are maintained and developed to the highest standards. The hosting platforms that businesses place their trust in must keep the security of their customers at the top of the agenda and the CIF will encourage this best practice.
The traditional model of delivering software and it services has gone beyond the on-premise model. Our industry has changed as has the market. As we move towards a new business model end users need the confidence that only an authoritative code of practice can bring.
Complexity in the cloud universe doesn't need to be a barrier to global businesses gleaning benefits from it. That is why we are pleased to support the Cloud Industry Forum and its drive to adopt an industry-wide Code of Practice that helps to provide end-users with a clear path to achieving cloud computing success.
Facilitating consistent management across compute resources in the data center and in private, public or hybrid clouds is critical to the industry's success. The Cloud Industry Forum will help build trust with customers looking for secure, stable, and effective cloud computing solutions so that they can monitor and manage service delivery with confidence. The Cloud Industry Forum's Code of Practice initiative is a fundamental step to encourage transparency and best practices in cloud computing.
CIF membership and certification to the CIF Code of Practice provide us with additional market credibility. UNIT4 has, for several hundred organisations, successfully installed multi-tenant cloud solutions and a growing number on hybrid, virtualised cloud computing models that are reaping substantial cost savings. Prospective and existing clients can rest assured that UNIT4’s cloud offerings provide them with choice and flexibility to support their business.
In my 20+ years working in the IT industry this is the first accreditation programme I've actively participated in, which can and will deliver real and quantifiable assurances to the end user around Cloud services. Such assurances have been inherent with other professional services bodies for many years now - so this is long overdue. Trust and Transparency are values which are at the core of ChannelCloud UK/Ireland and therefore becoming a member of the CIF has been a natural progression for us.
Cloud computing is the future of computing and is rapidly becoming fully mainstream. The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and its code of practice will help ensure that the highest standards are maintained. As well as ensuring CIF members are appropriately skilled and regularly assessed, businesses will appreciate the peace of mind as well as a clearly defined industry standard with which they can assess their suppliers, and undertake Cloud implementations with the highest confidence and trust. Outsourcery fully endorses the principles of CIF and is proud to be a founding member.
Organisations seeking to use cloud services need a straightforward form of certification or 'code of practice' for potential suppliers that will accurately define the services offered, standards of operation and security
Whilst we will take the lead on this market activity we equally recognise that the Cloud Industry Forum has been leading the charge for better practice and transparency in the Cloud. Its Code of Practice is a ground breaking initiative offering end users the transparency and security they need in taking the decision to migrate to the cloud, and an initiative such is this is something we can support and reflects our values and commitment.
The ever-expanding range of cloud solutions, deployment models and methods of contracting currently available on the market has no doubt given rise to a good deal of confusion among end users. The Cloud Industry Forum's efforts to demystify cloud and improve education for both cloud users and providers are making an enormous difference to the industry.
Access to the networked resources provided by 'clouds' enables companies to enter markets without having to meet the capital costs of building their own computer infrastructure. What they get instead is a sort of 'pay as you go' service tailored to their specific requirements.
Microsoft is focused on providing leadership in Devices & Services. Our commitment to cloud is now more important than ever, providing a common platform across Public, Hosted, and Private Clouds. We are experiencing rapid adoption and demand across all segments. Our relationship with the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), and its strong code of practice, is a natural alignment to ensure trustworthy adoption of technology for an expanding community of cloud-adopters.
It is essential that end users are able to clearly assess for each project or application which scenario best achieves their objectives and how that fits within their wider and long term IT strategy. We look forward to working with CIF to educate the market and ensure that end users can devise and implement cloud strategies that are fit-for-purpose.
CIF champions best practice for CSPs and encourages uniform standards that govern interoperability. This is very much aligned with our own business strategy as we continually take steps to ensure our cloud platform is open, interoperable and integrated with a business's legacy technology.