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CloudCode: A Code of Conduct For Cloud Computing Providers In New Zealand

CloudCode: A Code of Conduct For Cloud Computing Providers In New Zealand

Because cloud computing is a relatively new industry, it is but expected that it is unregulated. With the influx of cloud services providers and organizations which earn a lot from this industry, there is a thus a need to offer security measures. Thus in New Zealand, these cloud computing groups got together and tried to create guidelines for those entities offering cloud computing in the country.

A fundamental code of conduct for cloud computing providers was put together by the New Zealand Computer Society and named it CloudCode. The code of conduct, however, is voluntary but it’s a start to screen out those providers offering bad services. A CloudCode facilitator, Joy Cottle, said that the code of conduct is not prescriptive but proactive. It aims to be the answer to vendors and consumers needs. It can also be adopted easily by the suppliers and understood easily by the customers.

In coming with CloudCode, the proponents hopes to empower the professional cloud computing providers to demonstrate and benchmark their ethics, processes, and practices through a reputable 3rd party in order to build a trusting relationship with potential customers. This purpose is achieved by adherence to CloudCode. The code of conduct also helps consumers by letting them create informed decisions through the disclosure of practices of such cloud computing service provider thereby empowering them to gain confidence on the providers’ ability to meet their requirements.

CloudCode also demonstrates trust in the Cloud Computing Service Industry by offering a format which can be depended on by both customers and suppliers. Also, the providers of cloud service has the option to increase their compliance level by undertaking extra compliance modules which can offer a higher compliance level in areas of Jurisdictions, Data Formats, HR Procedures, Business Continuity, Service dependencies, Data Transportability, and Security. The drafting of New Zealand’s CloudCode was created by more than 150 IT individuals from all over New Zealand and other countries.

The code of conduct is based on core principles which can be applied to succeeding cloud code practices:

  • CloudCode is banking on existing work on Computing Code of Practice not only in New Zealand but in other countries as well. As much as possible, it prefers any established work rather than create a new one. It is not bent on reinventing the wheel.
  • CloudCode aims to be consistent with Global Structure and Practice so much so that it has taken steps to research any established approaches to resolve core issues in other countries so that the results are consistent with other countries’ practices.
  • CloudCode was developed based on arbitrary approach in order to establish demonstrable good decisions and practice.
  • The project teams and the New Zealand Computer Society only acted as facilitators in the development of the code of conduct in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • The resultant CloudCode is a product of consensus with the intention to obtain a broad support from a wide range of stakeholders
  • The steering committee ensured the process and principles all adhere to evidence. It didn’t, however, take any part in CloudCode’s development.
  • CloudCode doesn’t require any unnecessary compliance process or cost on those providers which desires to adhere to CloudCode. Only necessary costs and processes are required in order to maintain the integrity of the code of conduct.

The objectives of CloudCode include:

  • Improvement of cloud computing services standards.
  • Set a disclosure standard with the Cloud Computing Industry.
  • Create impartiality between customers and suppliers with regards to privacy, sovereignty, and data protection.
  • Strengthen cloud computing’s integrity in New Zealand.

CloudCode was created for cloud computing service providers which provide IT services which are remotely hosted, whether within New Zealand or from New Zealand, which meet the Cloud Computing’s definition. It doesn’t, however, provide legal obligations for any party adhering to the code of conduct. However, if a provider is found to be falsifying information then they will have to be punished under New Zealand law.

By Florence de Borja

Cloud Computing: An Ode to the Lost Server Huggers

Cloud Computing: An Ode to the Lost Server Huggers

Cloud Computing: An Ode To The lost Server Huggers

It is no longer a question. The Cloud is officially the future, it is here to stay and will probably take over everything in the next two to three years. As some industry watchers are saying the only major hurdle still blocking the way of the Cloud’s inexorable march are the server huggers still clinging on to their legacy technologies and private data centres. However, I totally understand what they are going through as virtual gods of the data centre, these server professionals have actually paved the way for the success of Cloud computing but are now facing what every previous generation of microprocessor has met: obsolescence.

Rather than steam roll these veterans of the server battlefield into pancakes beneath the glacier that is the Cloud, what many of these guys or rarely gals are forgetting is that there are still two options for them. Both will require change to a certain degree but only one may require them to start from scratch.

Rather than fight the unstoppable flow of Cloud adoptions, these server huggers would do well to focus their efforts on finding out how to join the giants currently populating the field of public Cloud. This is because they seem to be forgetting that these Cloud giants are actually supporting everyone else with their own oversized data centres. By joining and working at these data centres server huggers would not only be able to utilize their existing skill set but would actually be valued cogs in the great Cloud machine. Granted, they would still probably require some form of certification for the Cloud. Its a shame that there is no fast track for these server huggers to do so though, as it would be ever so easier to point them in the right direction.

The second option of course is to accept any push to the Cloud, support it and seek out Cloud management certification. While this is by no means starting from scratch it still proves to be a huge leap for server huggers who thought that they no longer had to learn new things anymore. Microsoft, IBM and even Red Hat are all offering Cloud Certification courses. CIO’s and other decision makers would do well to offer such certifications to those identified as server huggers so that they may be able to stave off possible pancaking by the time full adoption of the Cloud is finally in place.

By Muzaffar Ismail

Muzaffar Ismail is an avid technology watcher on the hardware side of the Cloud in particular around the areas covering Asia in general.

SunGard Offers Cisco Powered IaaS Cloud

SunGard Offers Cisco Powered IaaS Cloud

SunGard Enterprise Cloud Services have met the highest level of achievement for partners delivering Cisco technologies as a managed solution.

The company has been certified as a Cisco Master Managed Services Channel Partner (MSCP) and also received the official designation of a Cisco Cloud Provider to offer Cisco Powered IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) Cloud.
Cisco now recognizes SunGard, a software and technology services company, as a provider that can deliver exceptional cloud services in a multitenant environment to end customers.

Cisco Master Managed Services Channel Partner program supports partners who sell and deliver managed and cloud services based on Cisco technology.  Following this certification, SunGard’s cloud offering is deployed using a Cisco validated infrastructure.

SunGard’s investment in Cisco Certification ranks it among an elite group of channel partners with the resources to deploy, manage and support services for multiple technologies,” said Edison Peres, senior vice president of worldwide channels at Cisco.

Being part of the global Cisco MSCP and the Cloud Partner program is a great achievement for SunGard and an additional validation of our managed services and cloud offerings,” said Rob Walters, vice president, managed services at SunGard Availability Services. “This official designation will only help to accelerate our already close partnership with Cisco.”

Built on best-in-class Vblock technology from VMware, Cisco and EMC (VCE), SunGard’s Enterprise Cloud Services can deliver managed compute, network, storage and security services that support customer production applications.

These services effectively provide fully managed, end-to-end infrastructure solutions that help customers run their IT operations run in a smooth manner.

SunGard notes that it achieved the coveted Cisco certification following an independent audit of SunGard facilities and SunGard’s managed service Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) processes, procedures and system approach.

By Anuradha Shukla

Upcoming Cloud Computing Events 2011-12

Cloud Channel Summit

http://cloudchannelsummit.com/ – November 7th, 2011

The Cloud Channel Summit will feature a number of keynote presentations exploring the implications of the Cloud on the channel.  The Cloud Channel Summit will provide a valuable meeting place for channel and partner development executives to share industry best practices and establish new relationships.

Cloud Computing Expo

http://cloudcomputingexpo.com/November 7-10th, 2011

This coming November 7-10, 2011, Cloud Expo is returning to Santa Clara with more than 5,000 delegates and over 100 sponsors and exhibitors. “Cloud” has become synonymous with “computing” and “software” in two short years. Cloud Expo is the new PC Expo, Comdex, and InternetWorld of our decade. By 2012, more than 50,000 delegates per year will participate in Cloud Expo worldwide.

Cloud Computing Live

http://www.cloudcomputinglive.com/asia/November 30th-December 1st, 2011 

Asia’s Leading Cloud Computing, SaaS and Virtualization Show. The Only Conference Agenda and Expo with the Full Cloud Computing Supply Chain.  Hear from the leading suppliers, integrators and end-users to give you the complete picture on Cloud Computing and SaaS

Cloud Connect Event

http://www.cloudconnectevent.com/santaclara/February 13-16th, 2012

Learn about the latest cloud technologies and platforms from thought leaders in Cloud Connect’s comprehensive conference. Topics include: Cloud Security Risks, Governance, Compliance, Mobile Cloud, Private Clouds, Infrastructure and more…

 

North American Students Hone Business Skills on NetSuite Cloud

North American Students Hone Business Skills on NetSuite Cloud

A large number of North America students are learning real-world business operation skills on NetSuite Cloud.

A total of thirteen North American university accounting programs have adopted NetSuite as a key component of their degree curricula. Universities including Purdue University and University of California will introduce the NetSuite cloud business solution in the third and fourth year of degree programs. This initiative will help students to have a stronger understanding of business operations and a clear understanding of the power of cloud computing.

There is no substitute for hands-on experience. NetSuite is a great software service. Utilizing it for sharing with the higher education community provides a great opportunity for effective teaching and student learning,” said Professor Robert Sorensen, Purdue University. “My students can now go to job interviews and say they have experience using NetSuite.”

The NetSuite service provides students hands-on experience with an ERP system they can access outside the class lab. The cloud-based service allows students to work on NetSuite as much or as little as they choose, at times convenient for them, rather than being constrained by lab availability,” said Professor Jerald M. Savin, FIMC, CMC, CPA, University of California, Los Angeles.

The following Universities have recently embraced the NetSuite cloud program: Purdue University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Toronto; Arizona State University; Indiana University; Marietta College; University of Hawaii at Manoa; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Santa Barbara City College; The Citadel; Bellevue University; Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and North Georgia College & State University.

NetSuite notes that universities that have included its coursework have enhanced the learning experience for students. NetSuite is delivered through the cloud, and thus it can be accessed from anywhere on campus.

By Anuradha Shukla

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