VMware joins the Cloud Industry Forum

VMware has signalled its support for the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), designed to promote trust, security and transparency within the cloud sector, by becoming the latest industry name to join.

The Cloud Industry Forum was established in 2009 to provide transparency through certification to a Code of Practice for credible online Cloud service providers and to assist end users in determining core information necessary to enable them to adopt these services. Founder members include a number of leading players in the Cloud provisioning sector including Dell, Microsoft, Outsourcery, Rackspace, Rise and Unit4.

Gavin Jackson, Director, VMware vCloud® and Service Providers, commented: “We are delighted to announce our membership in CIF as we support the work it is doing to build end user confidence in cloud service delivery. We believe the Code of Practice for Cloud Service Providers, which aims to bring greater transparency and trust to doing business in the cloud, can drive consumer confidence in the market.”

“The rapid adoption of cloud computing has seen cloud-based services become a central part of business strategy, with its ability to deliver flexibility and drive down cost being two of the main benefits for end users. This partnership further reflects our commitment to the cloud and more importantly our cloud-based customers. We look forward to working with CIF and helping it to succeed in promoting a credible and certifiable code of practice for the cloud industry as well as bringing businesses, consumers and suppliers of cloud services closer together in a trusted and sustainable marketplace”, he added.

Andy Burton, Chair of CIF and CEO of Fasthosts, added: “CIF members are directly responsible for the shape, format and strategy of the Cloud Industry Forum in advancing trust between consumers and providers of cloud services and as such are instrumental in influencing public confidence and industry best practice. VMware is an important addition to count among our membership because it is one of the biggest brands in the IT industry having proven commercial and technical ability to deliver virtualization and cloud based solutions for organisations on a truly global basis.”

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