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The customer is king

Phil Worms, Director of Marketing for UK cloud company iomart, explains why the customer should be at the heart of how data centres deliver services

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Best in show

Delegates were quick to agree that Cloud World Forum 'continues to drive the agenda' in the cloud space - Cloud Hosting magazine was at June's event at the Olympia National in London

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The scary truth about 'portable' enterprise data

What's to stop employees from leaving your company with vital corporate data, asks Tony Craythorne, VP of Worldwide Business Development at Quorum

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Mind your own business

Kate Baker of Custodian Data Centre offers 'a colocation perspective' on efficiencies and the role of Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM)

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Seeding the government cloud

The key to driving making G-Cloud work - especially at the local government level - is 'education, education, education', says Peter Groucutt, managing director of Databarracks

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Managed cloud offering from RackSpace

Includes enhanced service levels, transparent charging models and 'developer +' programme

Time for CSPs to bare all?

IDC figures and EU regulations point to increased need for vendor transparency, say Outsourcery

LeaseWeb Adds Resell Functionality to its Global CDN

Offers CDN capability to the channel – backed by growing number of 'SuperPoPs' and one of the world’s largest IP networks

'On-premise as a service' from Zadara

Managed, flexible, scalable, OpEx-only storage on premise - "Without the grunt work"

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Power to the people

A highly scalable virtual desktop service on an integrated IaaS platform 'underpins service transformation' for a joint venture formed by London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and IT service provider Agilisys

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Legal firm wipes tape

Oncore IT has signed a three year contract with leading international business law and litigation firm Fasken Martineau, to provide encrypted online backup based on Asigra's cloud backup and recovery technology.

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Welcome to the July 2014 Newsletter.

This issue of the Cloud Hosting eNewsletter includes an interesting news piece via Outsourcery which argues the need for Cloud Service Providers to ensure they are up to date with governmental and other regulatory requirements - and that those CSPs also need to show greater transparency as vendors if they want to keep growing their business as cloud adoption itself spreads further afield. The ISO 27001 is one standard often referred to by IT organisations as a measure of understanding of best practice as it relates to business data, but is this enough?

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has its own code of practice in place that allows vendors to demonstrate their compliance with standards not just around transparency, but also capability and accountability. As Outsourcery's Barry Holder comments in the news item: "The way data is handled in both private and public cloud is up for scrutiny so all CSPs, whatever they offer, need to be in a position to continue pushing forward the market by doing their bit, and not risk holding it back. This will ensure CSPs are in the best possible place to take advantage of the systemic market shift towards cloud”. We'd love to know what you think - how important are standards and certifications for CSPs, and which ones have the most resonance in the real world? Let me know your thoughts via the email address below.

David Tyler, david.tyler@btc.co.uk

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