Stakeholder views on cloud computing services in New Zealand

Issue 23 – December 2010

Computing, storage, and application services provided to users over the internet will play an increasingly significant role in New Zealand's marketplace, both in terms of New Zealanders utilising services that are offered from overseas and for a growing number of New Zealand-based businesses providing services that can be offered in the global marketplace.

Cloud services will change the way people work and companies operate. It will allow digital technology to penetrate every part of the economy and of society.

Standards New Zealand is facilitating a scoping workshop to decide whether key stakeholders see a need to develop Standards or guidelines for the New Zealand IT industry offering cloud services, and for New Zealand organisations using cloud services.

The scoping workshop will discuss the issues and possible approach for developing a document for cloud computing which could provide a set of principles and subsequent requirements for cloud services. Since many of the requirements are set out in published ISO Standards, this document could focus on the key elements that are not currently covered elsewhere, including:

  1. Privacy, portability, and data custodianship and stewardship
  2. Intention around implementation and compliance structures
  3. Clarify scope limitations and specific inclusions

Standards New Zealand is consulting with key stakeholders in this area to determine New Zealand's response to this proposed scoping workshop. To receive more information, or to submit comments including support for, or opposition to, this proposal, please email isoadmin@standards.co.nz. Comments received will be used to form a New Zealand position on this proposal. Please provide your comments by Friday 17 December 2010.

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