To mark this year’s 25th anniversary of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee, its creator, suggested the time was ripe for an Internet Bill of Rights.
Smart idea — so why not extend that concept to cloud hosting? After all, powerful new virtualization technologies carry with them some very specific rights and responsibilities, and we could all use more transparency in our IT transactions. In a very palpable way, users entrust providers with their businesses; the very least the infrastructure provider community can do is elucidate basic expectations and norms.
The list below is by no means exhaustive or even comprehensive. But then, neither was the original Bill of Rights, back in 1789, so feel free to offer your own amendments.