The term ''cloud computing'' has featured in Mackline for
more years than this writer cares to remember. But
significant changes to why more New Zealand companies are
likely to move to the cloud emerged last week.
In simple terms, the cloud means individuals or companies
handing over their data and systems for someone else to look
For individuals with email accounts such as Hotmail, Outlook
Gmail, Yahoo! and anything else free, your data is being
hosted by someone else.
For companies, the risk is much greater and chief executive
of the Institute of IT Professionals, Paul Matthews, says
''trust'' is one of the most cited reasons companies choose
not to move to the Cloud.
''If you hand over your precious data and systems to someone
else you have to be able to trust they know what they're
doing, have proper systems in place and aren't just taking
you for a ride.''
New Zealand's Cloud Computing Code of Practice, or CloudCode
as it is now known, was established to build trust in the
cloud industry by identifying a broad range of disclosures
that ''good'' cloud computing providers should make to their
users to allow for informed consent.
Last week, CloudCode v2.0 was released. Mr Matthews said the
release was a significant milestone and put New Zealand's
cloud industry at the forefront globally, while paving the
way for international adoption.
The code was developed by the cloud computing industry and
other stakeholders. More than 250 cloud companies and
individuals had contributed to its development, with the
institute facilitating the development of the code, he said.
CloudCode outlined a range of disclosures that cloud
computing providers should make to users of their services.
Signatories to the code agreed to make those disclosures for
their products and services and agreed not to participate in
''cloud-washing'', or falsely claiming products met the
accepted definition of cloud computing.
There were specific and significant benefits from genuine
cloud products or services but, unfortunately, some
unscrupulous providers tried to pass non-cloud products or
services off as cloud computing, Mr Matthews said.
The CloudCode is voluntary and does not prescribe what cloud
providers must have in place but it does require that
signatories are open and transparent with their customers.
'' 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 code for international
adoption, releases the quality market for CloudCode
signatories and clarifies a number of other areas,'' Mr
Xero chief executive Rod Drury was among several praising the
development of the code.
''It's great to see New Zealand leading the world in the
transition to the cloud. The interest from overseas parties
in what we're doing here has been great for our local
industry which is leading the charge in responsible cloud
Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff welcomed the release of the
code. She said it was important for consumers considering
cloud computing to understand and assess the risks involved
and make sound judgements.
By setting a standard for local cloud providers to follow,
the code made sure that participating providers would give
the right information to consumers to help them make good
''This is a very positive initiative from the institute and I
hope it will be widely adopted,'' Ms Shroff said.
Mr Matthews said consultation had started on the Australian
adoption of CloudCode, with the Australian Federal Government
and the Australian Computer Society working with the New