Posted on 24-Jul-2013 10:17.
Filed under: News
Cloud computing industry leaders and stakeholders have welcomed the next major version of the New Zealand Cloud Computing Code of Practice, released today by the Institute of IT Professionals NZ (IITP).
“The release of Version 2 of the CloudCode is a significant milestone and puts New Zealand’s cloud industry at the forefront globally while paving the way for international adoption,” says IITP chief executive Paul Matthews.
The Cloud Computing Code of Practice, or CloudCode as it is known, outlines a range of disclosures that Cloud Computing providers should make to users of their services. Signatories to the CloudCode agree to make these disclosures for their products and services and agree not to participate in “cloud-washing”, or falsely claiming products meet the accepted definition of Cloud Computing.
“This latest version is a major step forward and readies the CloudCode for the release of the Register of CloudCode Signatories next month, prepares the CloudCode for international adoption, releases the quality mark for CloudCode Signatories and clarifies a number of other areas”, Matthews says.
The Code has been developed with input from over 250 New Zealand cloud providers, users and other stakeholders over a two-year period. Cloud computing suppliers, many of whom helped establish the Code, have today voiced their support.
Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff welcomed the latest release of the Code, saying: “It's important for consumers looking into cloud computing to understand and assess the risks involved and make sound judgments. By setting a standard for local cloud providers to follow, the code makes sure that participating providers will give the right information to consumers to help them make good decisions. This is a very positive initiative from the IITP and I hope it will be widely adopted.”
Consultation has now begun on Australian adoption of the CloudCode, with the Australian Federal Government and Australian Computer Society (ACS) working with IITP.
ACS chief executive Alan Patterson says: “As vendor neutral, independent, member-based professional societies, the ACS and the IITP are uniquely placed to provide policy guidance in the national interest and have been instrumental in driving the awareness of cloud issues in the region.”
“With the explosion in consumer use of the cloud over the last two years, establishing a protocol which better supports government, business and consumers is an essential part of securing our digital future and ensuring the growing use of Cloud technology delivers the best possible outcome for all.”, Patterson says.