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Microsoft seeks to secure the cloud through legislation

This week: Microsoft asks Congress and the IT world to begin the push for increased cloud computing privacy and security.

Cloud computing roundup, January 18-22

Microsoft pushes cloud legislation
Brad Smith, the senior vice president and general counsel at Microsoft, has proposed that Congress create a Cloud Computing Advancement Act to build up cloud-related confidence for the benefit of consumers and businesses.

VMware entices with open source
In an effort to get developers working with its vCloud application programming interfaces (APIs), VMware announced support for open source tools and the release of software development kits (SDKs) for Java and Python.

Microsoft and Intuit combine clouds
Through cloud application development on Windows Azure and adding said applications for sale on Intuit's App Center, a new partnership between the two companies will focus on providing cloud computing services to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

NewScale trys to connect the dots on cloud, IT buying and automation
IT service catalog software maker NewScale has bundled lifecycle management and 'cloud-like' automation of data center provisoiing into its new release. Company execs say that handy self-service providers like Amazon and Rackspace aren't a threat to systems management, but should be tied into existing service catalogs.

Are cloud users more mature?
Enterprise Management Associates surveyed over 800 large organizations on their cloud computing plans in 2010, and while only 11% are planning to move into the cloud, those who have sampled it seem to have more mature IT departments.

Survey says storage to the cloud
A recent survey from backup provider CommVault indicates that, although questions about cloud security remain, more than half of the 535 companies questioned are considering moving at least some of their data into cloud storage.

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