The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), an industry body established to promote trust, security and transparency within the sector, has launched its draft Code of Practice for public consultation.

The CIF met last month to agree the final content of the draft Code, which aims to eventually standardise and certify enterprises offering Cloud Computing services.

The CIF has brought together key industry figures to discuss the issues and challenges that surround the development of a Code of Practice to offer certification for providers. It has been working on the development of the draft Code since October 2009 and is now asking for end users, providers and other stakeholders to participate in the consultation process by downloading the draft CoP and providing feedback direct to CIF.

Andy Burton, Chairman of CIF and CEO of Fasthosts said: “Interest in CIF has been growing rapidly since we announced its formation in 2009 and since that time the founding members have been working hard to develop a detailed Code of Practice. We firmly believe that the market needs a credible and certifiable Code of Practice that provides transparency of Cloud services such that consumers can have clarity and confidence in their choice of provider.”

“Organisations seeking to use Cloud services need a straightforward form of certification or ‘Code of Practice’ for potential suppliers that will accurately define the services offered, standards of operation and security,” he added.

The Code of Practice itself encompasses a wide range of pertinent issues that is categorises into 3 key facets of Transparency, Capability and Accountability.

CIF member, Phil Haylor, Rackspace, commented: “The CIF was established as a direct response to the evolving supply models for the delivery of software and IT services that has expanded well beyond the traditional on-premise model. The CIF believes that given the current lack of transparency in the sector combined with the explosion in business risk and the rapid rate of market adoption all drive the need for an industry-wide Code of Practice.”

“It is absolutely essential that all major stakeholders in the cloud industry ecosystem see the clear benefits in any proposed Code. This must include the ultimate end-user as well as providers and the large number of smaller organisations offering customisable packages of services between the two. At the end of the day this is about building trust so we are calling on any interested parties to contact the CIF and participate in the consultation process,” added Mark Cresswell, President, Scalable Software and CIF member.

To register an interest in being a participant or to download a copy of the CIF Code of Practice, visit www.cloudindustryforum.org.