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National Standards Authority of Ireland publishes new cloud computing standard

Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, has launched a new government-backed standard to help provide guidance to businesses on moving to cloud computing.

The standard, ‘SWiFT 10: Adopting the Cloud – decision support for Cloud computing,’ was developed by the Irish Internet Association (IIA) Cloud Computing Working Group and adopted by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). The IIA Cloud Computing Working Group is a collaboration of expert practitioners and business leaders (chief information officers, chief technical officers, heads of IT, legal, and consultancy) from a variety of business sectors and organization sizes in Ireland.

The Decision Support Matrix contained within SWiFT 10 has been divided into a number of categories, which address the challenges and business benefits to be considered in developing and implementing a cloud migration strategy. Using the guide will support organizations in thoroughly assessing the practical suitability of cloud computing across the gamut of business operations. It includes a thorough review of all legal, security, maturity and cost/benefit considerations.

SWiFT 10 can be obtained from http://www.standards.ie/

•Date: 23rd May 2012 • Europe •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

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