Industry players unite to clear the fog from 'the cloud'.

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A newly formed self-regulatory body called the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), a sub-group of FAST and Investors in Software (FAST IiS), has been established to promote trust and to work within the sector to develop a public facing Code of Conduct to standardise and certify enterprises offering Cloud Computing services.

An inaugural CIF roundtable was held recently to bring together key industry figures to discuss the issues and challenges that surround the development of a Code of Conduct to offer certification for providers. The technology is heralded by many IT experts as being a revolution in much the same way as the advent of the Interact, as it offers companies a substantially better way to do business while spending less money.

John Lovelock, Chief Executive at FAST IiS says: "The cloud revolution has been growing steadily for the past few years. It is now on the verge of becoming mainstream within the IT industry, encompassing a broad range of potential suppliers from ISV's to Hosting companies and global brands such as Microsoft and Google.

"The consensus from the CIF roundtable is that a major hurdle for increased adoption of the cloud by businesses is that organisations need clarity around what the service providers do and don't offer. They also need to know what financial and operational substance there is behind these providers and what assurances are in place in regard to security, confidentiality and service levels? Put simply--organisations seeking to use these services need a straightforward form of certification or 'Code of Conduct' for potential suppliers that will accurately define the services offered and standards of operation and security. Covering a diverse and emerging industry won't be easy but we're confident that there is both a desire on the part of credible service providers and by the consuming business community for such a standard to help benchmark and validate exactly what is provided by any particular company. We see the launch of such a code of conduct driving up standards so that the industry and the customers both benefit," says John.

The event was chaired by technologist and cloud supporter Ian Osborne, Director of...

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