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New Zealand to form ‘international review’ group for cloud services

New Zealand to form ‘international review’ group for cloud services

Aims to ensure local input to development of international standards, says Standards NZ.

Local IT stakeholders are forming a New Zealand ‘international review’ group to an ISO/IEC subcommittee on cloud computing services. Debbie Chin, Standards New Zealand chief executive, says the review group will ensure New Zealand can contribute to the development of international cloud computing standards.

The group’s formation was among the outcomes of a workshop held last month in Wellington by Standards New Zealand and representatives of the ICT community.

Standards New Zealand is the operating arm of the Standards Council and is an autonomous Crown entity, responsible for managing the development and distribution of standards across sectors.

Standards New Zealand, in a press statement, says the workshop attendees decided that developing a local standard is not realistic at present and agreed contributing to international work should be a key goal.

It says establishing the review group on cloud computing services will:

  • help the industry keep pace with global change and bring outsourcing opportunities to those services based in New Zealand
  • ensure New Zealanders can contribute to change and the development of international Standards and guidelines on these services
  • help to provide information to keep people here up to date about the privacy and safety of personal information stored both locally and overseas.

Defining cloud computing services was the initial challenge of the workshop attendees. The press statement says the attendees agreed to adopt the following definition by the National Institute of Standards and Technology: ‘Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.’

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