Between its environmental and net neutrality initiatives, Google isn't a politically neutral company. So it's no wonder that Google's accepted a position on TechAmerica Foundation’s recently formed Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2). Over the course of the three months of the commission's mandate, Google will join other companies including, VCE and Microsoft to come up with recommendations for the Obama Administration on how to drive American cloud innovation.

Since the start of 2011, the U.S. government has made some significant public strides toward adoption of the cloud, including announcing a "Cloud First" policy that acknowledges the inherent benefits of SaaS including low TCO and quick deployment. And now Google is going to help take that a step further with recommendations on how to make the cloud conversion happen faster and to help push America to dominance in the market, according to the official blog entry.

Specifically, Google's part in that larger CLOUD2 mission is going to be coming up with practical solutions for easing data transfer between countries, as well as cloud security. Its stake in this commission is obvious: It can promote Google Apps to educational and governmental customers from this pulpit - and in a more abstract sense, Google says the appointment helps further its mission of coming up with open cloud data standards.

What are the potential implications for cloud service providers? Simple: Google Apps resellers now have a major legitimizing force behind their efforts. And if Google successfully gets the U.S. Government to go with its apps, it's almost a given that individual agencies will need partner support to make the switch.

Combine that with the market opening thanks to President Obama's wireless plan, and this could - emphasis on "could" - be a good thing for the cloud services channel.

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