September 21, 2012
Sept. 20 — Databarracks has been a managed Cloud Service Provider for almost a decade, implementing disaster environments for companies of all sizes at a global level.
Commenting on the Certification, Peter Groucutt, managing director at Databarracks, says: "Being certified to the Cloud Service Provider Code of Practice is further indication that Databarracks is committed to delivering the highest standards of service.
"As members of the Cloud Industry Forum it is doubly important for us to meet the requirements set by the organisation. The Certification is recognition that, as a responsible Cloud Service Provider offering robust cloud solutions, we satisfy the Code's stipulations for accountability, security and transparency."
The Cloud Industry Forum established the Cloud Service Provider Code of Practice to promote trust, security and transparency within the sector. Managed by CIF's independent certification partner, APM Group, the Certification process allows vendors to demonstrate to end users appropriate transparency about their business and services, commitment to operational capabilities and practices, and executive accountability for the declarations made to achieve Certification.
This in turn, offers security and assurance to the end user to make an informed and confident decision on the vendor's capabilities.
Andy Burton, chairman CIF, says: "CIF recognised and has been campaigning for some time for the introduction of industry-wide standardised definitions of cloud services to provide end users with much needed clarity and to drive cloud adoption. Therefore CIF established the only certifiable Code of Practice for Cloud Service Providers which enables them to stand out from the crowd in a way that provides a degree of assurance and enables rational comparison between vendors.
"We are delighted that Databarracks, not only as a member, but as an established Cloud Service Provider, has attained certification and joined the ranks by leading by example."
Groucutt adds: "CIF's Cloud Service Provider Code of Practice requires Databarracks to be transparent to customers and prospective customers about certain aspects of our services. We have adopted these elements and clarified them as part of our business offering going forward. Specific company information is also now available on our website alongside the CIF certified logo as a mark of our commitment to quality, rigour and transparency."
Richard Pharro, CEP at APMG Group, concludes: "An essential part of the value of CSP Code of Practice is the process. Becoming self-certified to the Code of Practice is rigorous and requires time and effort. That said, we aim to make the process as clear and transparent as possible and provide guidance and care to applicants where needed, during and after."
The CIF Certified logo will be visible on certified company's websites and hyperlinked to a set of public declarations that set out basic information that any potential customer may wish to know.
About the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF)
The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) was established in direct response to the evolving supply models for the delivery of software and IT services that has expanded well beyond the traditional on-premise method to one that now embraces hosted and/or, pay-as-you-use Cloud solutions.
CIF's purpose is twofold: To drive a common and public level of transparency about the capability, substance and best practices of online Service Providers (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, Web hosting providers, etc.) through a process of self-certification to a Code of Practice. Second, this Code of Practice, and the use of the related Certification Mark on participant's web sites, provides comfort and promotes trust to businesses and individuals wishing to leverage the commercial, financial and agile operations capabilities that the cloud-based and hosted solutions can offer. CIF is ensuring the integrity and governance of the self-certification process through regular random audits as well as investigating complaints from parties that challenge any specific participants self-certification status.
Databarracks is the largest UK provider of managed cloud backup and DR services. It also offers private cloud and co-location services from its Tier 4, ex-nuclear bunker data centres.
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