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NZ CloudCode to open for public input

New Zealand's industry-led cloud computing code of conduct, or CloudCode, is set to open up to public consultation next week with the first briefing kicking off in Christchurch.
Written by Luke Hopewell, Contributor on

New Zealand's industry-led cloud computing code of conduct, or CloudCode, is set to open up to public consultation next week with the first briefing kicking off in Christchurch.

Developed by the New Zealand Computer Society (NZCS), the CloudCode is designed to identify correct standards and proper accountability measures for the local cloud industry.

The CloudCode's terms of reference (PDF), which was revealed in October, point out that a lack of standards and general guidelines for cloud computing in New Zealand "threaten" the "significant opportunity" presented by the cloud.

Paul Matthews, CEO of the NZCS, believes that the CloudCode will show that New Zealand is ready to play on the world stage as a leader in cloud once the document is completed.

"As well as offering confidence to users of cloud computing, the CloudCode will show the international community that New Zealand is serious about good practice and standards in the cloud and help build New Zealand's technology reputation globally," Matthews said in a statement yesterday.

The CloudCode has been in development since September, with companies like Google, Salesforce, Xero, Gen-i and Microsoft, as well as the New Zealand Government, coming on board as consultation partners since then.

According to the NZCS, there are roughly 100 participants signed up for the public consultation process so far.

The NZCS has specified a release date of 30 March 2012 for the first version of the CloudCode.

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