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New Zealand cloud computing code could be extended to Asia Pacific

Aug 29 2012, 12:58 PM

A New Zealand-born cloud computing code of practice could be used as a template for adoption throughout Asia Pacific, according to new reports.

New Zealand professionals created the 18-page code for data security and data management in relation to cloud computing in May.
The code, developed by the Institute of IT Professionals New Zealand (the former New Zealand Computer Society), may now be used as a template throughout Asia Pacific, highlighting the desire for regulation of the cloud.

It has been funded by leading computing companies in the country, such as Salesforce.com and Xero, who have all shown commitment to the code. A similar code is being drawn up in Australia, after Australian Computer Society president Nick Tate recommended its adaptation to local legislation and cloud providers last month.

Sophos managing director Rob Forsyth, told iTnew that the challenge in creating a universal code for Asia Pacific was balancing the needs of both small and large businesses. He said: "There’s a different balance of power with bigger companies — bigger companies have professionals to negotiate terms and conditions that suit them for their own needs, they look at the commercial relationship, how much they’re going to pay for something.

"They have a different level of power. Smaller businesses and consumers are disempowered when dealing with cloud applications; it’s a take it or leave it scenario." 

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