Cloud computing could be the driving force for jobs and innovation in the IT sector in the U.S., though open and flexible standards are overdue and user security concerns persist, industry experts stated in testimony to a federal subcommittee.

The House Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation held a hearing on opportunities, competitiveness and obstacles with cloud computing, as well as the role of the federal government. Testifying Thursday on behalf of the industry were Nick Combs, federal CTO at EMC, Michael Capellas, CEO and chairman of Virtual Computing Environment Company, and Dan Reed, Microsoft V.P. Dr. David McClure, associate administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies for the General Services Administration (GSA), described his agency’s role in deployment as part of the federal CIO’s roadmap for IT.

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