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CIF discusses developments in Cloud industry at industry event

On 5th July the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) assembled members of the Cloud community at the London office of Hogan Lovells LLP to discuss key developments in adoption, trends, and certification. The event, attended by 65 business and technology decision makers, saw a host of keynote speakers address the issues and challenges faced in the market, as well as the practicalities associated with implementing and assessing Cloud services.

Framing the discussion, Andy Burton, Chair of CIF and CEO of Fasthosts, gave a first look at the latest CIF research into Cloud adoption, trends and concerns in the UK market:

"The Cloud market has grown enormously in the last six months alone. Adoption across the board stands at 61 per cent, up eight-points since the start of the year. By our projections, this figure is set to rise further still over the next 12 months, with much of the predicted growth to come from SMEs and public sector organisations.

"However, security, privacy and data sovereignty remain key concerns for end users, hindering the pace of adoption. Industry wide standards will be key if we are to properly address these legitimate issues and concerns."

Echoing this point, Richard Pharro, a member of CIF and Managing Director of leading accreditation body AMP Group, spoke about the value of standards in the industry, both for end users and Cloud Service Providers, in providing end users with assurances that any potential CSP has the minimum standards of capability, transparency and accountability required to fulfil service obligations. The CIF Code of Practice he outlined specifically addresses commercial and operational factors which CIF research indicates address the main concerns of business consumers when considering contracting cloud services.

By way of example, John Kennedy, of international trademark specialist Wildbore & Gibbons, gave some first-hand insight into the firm's recent migration to the Cloud. Kennedy explained that the ultimate selection of On Line Computing's LondonCloud solution was influenced by the fact that On Line has achieved CIF Certified status.

David Bicket, of m-Assure Ltd., gave a look at the plethora of standards available in the market and sought to examine which standards are appropriate for CSPs and end users.

Concluding proceedings, Conor Ward, Partner at Hogan Lovells LLP and Chair of the Cloud Industry Legal Forum (CILF), examined Cloud procurement from the legal perspective

Whether buying direct online or via a third party it is essential that an organisation can establish confidence in the Service Provider/s so that they can be ultimately confident in both their expectations; in the nature of service provided; the responsibilities of the parties, and, the important issues to consider in entering, managing and ultimately exiting a contract.


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