In the latest cloud computing news, the New Zealand ICT sector and cloud computing industry took another step forward and demonstrated global leadership today. The announcement of version 2.0 of the CloudCode (otherwise known as the Cloud Computing Code of Practice) is a significant moment for the industry. The Institute of IT Professionals have done a great job in bringing it into being.
With version 2.0 of the CloudCode, the IITP expects to formally release the Register of CloudCode Signatories at the 2013 Cloud Computing Conference in August. Xero has been there right from the start in 2011 and will be one of the first off the block to sign up and provide a declaration of information about our services. We’ve always been as clear and open as possible about what cloud is and about our services, notably through our blog.
The CloudCode will help define cloud computing
The CloudCode declarations will set a line in the sand about what we all call Cloud Computing. There will be formal responses to the big questions about these services, and a base level of transparency will be set, that everyone will benefit from. Information disclosed will include the basics such as contact info, data location, ownership and backup, through to the more complex areas such as security, confidentiality, data breach policy and more.
It’s fantastic to see a wide range of companies supporting the Code at launch. Founding contributors are Gen-i, EquinoxIT, WebDrive, OneNet, Google, SaleForce.com, SAS IT and EOSS Online as well as sector organisations IITP, InternetNZ and NZRise. However, apparently over 250 organisations and people have worked to bringing it to this point, and not surprisingly it’s led to a similar project in Australia.
The CloudCode all began at the 2011 NetHui conference in Auckland and it’s been through the wringer since, with workshops, discussions, and revisions.
Our main feedback into this version was that it’s more effective to have companies disclose what they’re doing rather than require them to adhere to specific standards. This is because cloud computing standards are not yet in place. We’re pleased to see this feedback was taken on board in the release today.
What has resulted, is a thorough agreed-upon voluntary code inclusive to cloud providers of all shapes of sizes. It’s a process and result that this new and rapidly growing industry can be proud of.