Cloud vendors rally behind launch of industry wide Code of Practice | Cloud industry forum

Cloud vendors rally behind launch of industry wide Code of Practice

EuroCloud UK backs Cloud Industry Forum initiative

The launch of the Cloud Industry Forum's Code of Practice for service providers in the industry, has been welcomed by EuroCloud UK, the fast-growing industry body for SaaS and Cloud vendors.

Phil Wainewright, EuroCloud UK president, stated: "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," he added. "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."

The Code of Practice encompasses a wide range of issues incorporating areas such as operational issues, delivery, financial viability of suppliers, governance and technology standards and interoperability. EuroCloud members, including Webroot and C Infinity, have already been participating in the pilot roll out of the Code in recent months.

Roland van Breukelen, Business By Design, Business Development, SAP UK, added: "SAP, as a member of the EuroCloud UK Board, is delighted to see initiatives, such as the Code of Practice from the Cloud Industry Forum, 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."

Recent research conducted by EuroCloud member Mimecast, identified that 51 per cent of respondents are already using cloud based solutions for at least some aspect of their IT needs. The research found that email (62 per cent), security (52 per cent) and/or storage (50 per cent) are likely to be first applications that are migrated to the Cloud.

Justin Pirie, Director of Content and Communities, Mimecast, and board member of EuroCloud UK, stated: "Our research has found that just under two thirds of UK businesses are considering using the Cloud in the future, either increasing current use or adopting Cloud models. Of those considering using the Cloud, 29 per cent are new users planning to begin within the next year, and 36 per cent are planning to increase their organisations' existing Cloud computing capabilities."

Chairman of the Cloud Industry Forum, Andy Burton, who is also chief executive at web-hosting company Fasthosts, added: "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, 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. CIF has driven the debate to ensure that Cloud providers work together to ensure that challenges to cloud adoption – such as security, integration, portability, interoperability, governance and management – are addressed in an industry-wide Code of Practice," he added.

"EuroCloud UK is keen to hear from anyone who has concerns and feedback so that we can continue to build confidence in the Cloud. It is our goal to ensure that the work of EuroCloud and the Cloud Industry Forum is aligning market understanding of best practice that will bring end users and reputable service providers closer together," concluded Phil Wainewright.