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CILF to resolve cloud computing legal issues: News roundup

A European cloud industry body focusing on the legal issues of cloud computing; Dell’s new data centre in Germany; and Gartner’s hybrid IT report are in this week’s highlights.

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CIF sub-group CILF launched to address cloud computing legal issues

A Cloud Industry Legal Forum (CILF) has been launched to focus on the legal issues associated with cloud computing in Europe.

CILF is the sub-group of Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), the European industry body that promotes cloud adoption and helps end users overcome cloud barriers.

It will focus on all aspects of cloud computing law with the goal of  reducing the uncertainty around issues such as cloud service types, data protection issues, software licensing in the cloud, service levels, liability, customer data and the future of cloud law in the UK and the EU.

Its founding members include UK and European legal firms Hogan Lovells, Arthur Cox, Bird & Bird, DMH Stallard, Eversheds, Latham & Watkins LLP, Palmer Biggs Legal, and Wragge & Co.

Dell to open new data centre facility in Germany

Dell Services will open a data centre, called the Halle Technology Center, in Halle, Germany, in the second half of 2012.

The facility will provide organisations access to regionally-delivered cloud and outsourcing services such as security, platform and storage services, and desktop virtualisation services, the company said. The move comes at a time when many of its customers are evolving from virtualised infrastructures to cloud-based models. 

The Halle facility follows Dell’s first European data centre in Slough, UK and a Dell solution centre in Frankfurt, Germany launched in 2011.

Hybrid cloud models are the future, says Gartner

Hybrid cloud, which combines internal (private) and public cloud services, is transforming IT architectures and the role of IT itself, according to a Gartner report.

Organisations have moved beyond defining cloud computing to the testing phase and over time, cloud will “become one of the ways that we 'do' computing, and workloads will move around in hybrid IT environments,” Chris Howard, managing vice president at Gartner said in the report - Hybrid IT: How Internal and External Cloud Services are Transforming IT.

Gartner expects that as cloud matures, organisations will adopt a hybrid strategy of building internal clouds to host critical IT services and utilising the external cloud to house noncritical IT services and for increased agility.

“Hybrid IT is the new IT and it is here to stay,” Howard said. “It creates symmetry between internal and external IT services that will force an IT and business paradigm shift.”

European Data Centre Association launched

The European Data Centre Association (EUDCA) has been launched to represent the data centre industry across Europe at technical, environmental and political level.

EUDCA’s objectives are to provide a platform for members to collaboratively develop best practices, education, industry leadership and technical standards for the data centre industry as well as to provide a European voice in the development of data centres.

Since its launch last week at the Data Centre World 2012 event in London, companies (including Telecity, Colt, Interxion, Schneider Electric, and Siemens) and individual members across Europe have joined in. EUDCA has also appointed an interim Board with Bernard Lecanu as its chairman.

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