First colocation data centre to join CIF and help drive best practice in the cloud
LONDON, 22 June 2011 - INTERXION HOLDING NV (NYSE: INXN), a leading European provider of carrier-neutral colocation data centre services, today announced that it has joined the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), the body established to promote trust, security and transparency within the cloud sector. The partnership illustrates Interxion’s dedication to the cloud and support in achieving a common standard of best practice within the IT industry.
Interxion is a leading provider of colocation data centre services, operating Cloud Hubs in 13 of Europe’s leading metropolitan areas. Its Cloud Hubs provide the optimum environment for cost-effective development, launch and management of successful cloud-based services for both enterprises and service providers.
Recent research conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of the Cloud Industry Forum found that 48% of UK companies have adopted some form of Cloud based services and 85% of the respondents stated they expect their adoption of cloud based services to increase over the next 12 months.
Greg McCulloch, UK Managing Director, Interxion, commented, “The rapid adoption of cloud computing has seen cloud-based services become a central part of business strategy, with its ability to deliver flexibility and drive down cost being two of the main benefits for end users. This partnership further reflects our commitment to the cloud and more importantly our cloud-based customers. We very much look forward to working with CIF and helping them to succeed in delivering a credible and certifiable code of practice for the cloud industry as well as bringing business, consumers and suppliers of cloud services closer together in a trusted and sustainable marketplace.”
Andy Burton, Chairman of the Cloud Industry Forum, concluded, “The welcoming of the first colocation data centre provider is a major milestone for the Cloud Industry Forum as we expand our market reach. The active participation of organisations like Interxion re-emphasises the commitment of key players in the market for clear best practice. Interxion’s support will be much appreciated in future developments of the Code of Practice and our market education activity. Interxion’s Cloud Hubs show real innovation, and we very much look forward to working with them to further increase the adoption of cloud-based services.”
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 provide comfort and promote 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.
Our ambition is to bring business consumers and suppliers of cloud and hosted services closer together in a trusted, sustainable and rewarding ecosystem.
Interxion (NYSE: INXN) is a leading provider of carrier-neutral colocation data centre services in Europe, serving over 1,200 customers through 28 data centres in 11 European countries. Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy-efficient data centres offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications. With connectivity provided by 350 carriers and ISPs and 20 European Internet exchanges across its footprint, Interxion has created content and connectivity hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest.
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