Kiwi cloud computing code could go global
New Zealand could help set the standard for cloud computing services in Australia and beyond.
The Institute of Information Technology Professionals, previously the Computer Society, finalised a voluntary code in May that set out the information cloud computing companies should provide to customers about their services.
That includes where servers and backup systems are located, whether and how customers will be able to access their data if they stop paying for a service, and how - and how often - cloud providers will back up their data.
Chief executive Paul Matthews said the code would "almost definitely" be adopted in Australia and it was very likely to go further afield.
"It could go from a New Zealand code of practice to a global code of practice, but we will see."
The code has been backed by big international vendors Google and Salesforce.com, as well as local ones such as Telecom's Gen-i and Xero, all of which are keen to promote cloud computing as a safe option compared to businesses hosting their own computer systems in-house.
Par Botes, Singapore-based vice president of computer storage giant EMC and chairman of the Asian Cloud Computing Association, said the code was a "good start" which he expected would evolve, for example to explain what information cloud-based providers should give customers' about their rights if they were taken over.
"From the Asian cloud perspective, we have had some discussions about whether we should articulate best practice. This could be a basis for that," he said.
Wellington software company Optimation, which employs 270 staff, has bought a half-share in eight-person Australian cloud computing startup Barbador, a Google Enterprise Partner which specialises in helping big businesses crunch data from their operational systems using Google's data centres and extract business insights.
Optimation chairman and founder Neil Butler said its business customers were increasingly looking to take advantage of what the cloud had to offer.
"We think there is a real opportunity to leverage Google's new cloud services platform using their 'big query' product, predictive algorithms and computer engine - tools that are oriented towards 'big data' applications."
Big data is a recently popularised industry buzzword that describes efforts to capture and make sense of the vast amounts of data processed by operational systems.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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