April 6, 2011 – Standards development organization IEEE is launching working groups and projects toward a unified framework with cloud computing that organization officials say will spur innovation in the quickly expanding field.

IEEE’s Cloud Computing Initiative starts with two new standards development projects, led by working groups of members from the technical professional association. One project is a draft guide for cloud portability that would provide a roadmap of industry products, services and interoperability and a draft standard for intercloud interoperability and federation. The second project is a draft standard to define topology, protocols, functionality and governance required for solid cloud-to-cloud operations and federation, which the organization said will offer business model support and transparency.

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