Cloud Computing “Will Unleash Huge New Opportunities for Companies” Reports U.S. Government Study

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TechAmerica Foundation’s CLOUD2 Commission Issues Recommendations to Drive American Innovation, Increased Efficiencies and Job Growth through Widespread Cloud Adoption

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“An increasingly competitive world is right on our heels looking for an opportunity to pass the U.S. in this new deployment. I’m betting on America.”

j2 Global Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM), the provider of cloud-based, value-added communication, messaging and backup services, today announced that TechAmerica Foundation’s Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in the U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2), which includes j2 Global’s CEO, Hemi Zucker, and president Scott Turicchi, has issued a “Cloud First, Cloud Fast: Recommendations for Innovation, Leadership and Job Creation” pre-publication report.

“Cloud Computing is the latest example of how American innovation sets the pace for the world. This report examines the steps that the US government must take as a buyer and as a policymaker to ensure that we keep setting the pace,” said Phil Bond, president and CEO of TechAmerica and member of the TechAmerica Foundation board. “An increasingly competitive world is right on our heels looking for an opportunity to pass the U.S. in this new deployment. I’m betting on America.”

"We examined Transnational Data Flow and the complexity it adds to cloud adoption because of the data, processes and people residing on multiple continents with different laws and cultures,” said j2 Global CEO Hemi Zucker, who served as a Commissioner for the commercial sector. “I am honored to be a part of this prestigious group of business leaders, which includes j2 Global president, Scott Turicchi, who served as my Deputy, and am pleased that were able to help develop a national roadmap for Cloud implementation for the administration,” added Zucker.

Cloud2 commissioners have worked over the last three months to develop actionable recommendations in the thematic areas of Trust, Transnational Data Flows, Transparency and Transformation for continuing U.S. leadership in cloud innovation. The pre-publication Commission report, issued on July 26, 2011 focused on 14 specific, direct and prescriptive recommendations, which included:

  •     Strengthening the identity management ecosystem and data breech laws, as well as supporting increased research on cloud computing as an investment in future cloud innovation
  •     The U.S. government should lead by example by demonstrating its willingness to trust cloud computing environments in other countries for appropriate government workloads
  •     Cloud providers should enable portability through industry standards and best practices in order to ensure that data is available to customers should they wish to change cloud services
  •     Flexibility around budgeting and acquisition processes by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Congress, in combination with OMB incentives for moving to the cloud, will increase the rate of adoption by government agencies

In addition to the recommendations in the body of the report, the Commission also produced a Cloud Buyer’s Guide which is available online at http://www.cloudbuyersguide.org/.

A full list of commissioners can be viewed online at http://www.techamericafoundation.org/cloud-commission-commissioners. To learn more about CLOUD², please visit http://www.techamericafoundation.org/cloud-commission.

j2 Global cloud service brands are online at http://www.j2.com and include eFax®, eVoice®, Onebox®, Campaigner®, FuseMail®, and KeepItSafe®.

About TechAmerica Foundation

TechAmerica Foundation educates executives, policymakers and opinion leaders on the promise of technological innovations to advance prosperity, security and the general welfare. Launched in 1981, the Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit affiliate of TechAmerica, which is the leading voice and resource for the U.S. technology industry. The Foundation disseminates award-winning industry, policy and market research covering topics such as U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, innovation in government, and other areas of national interest. It also organizes conferences and seminars to explore pertinent issues with government and industry representatives and to share the Foundation’s findings. Learn more about TechAmerica Foundation at http://www.techamericafoundation.org.

About j2 Global Communications, Inc.

Founded in 1995, j2 Global Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM) provides outsourced, value-added messaging and communications services to individuals and businesses around the world. With offices in eight cities worldwide, j2 Global's network spans more than 4,600 cities in 49 countries on six continents. The Company's websites appear in numerous languages, including Dutch, French, German, Spanish, English and more. Payments are accepted in currencies that include the U.S. Dollar, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Japanese Yen, Euro, Hong Kong Dollar and more. j2 Global provides live sales and customer service support in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Dutch, German, French, Cantonese and more. j2 Global markets its services principally under the brands eFax®, MyFax®, eFax Corporate®, Onebox®, eVoice®, Campaigner®, Electric Mail® and KeepItSafe®. As of December 31, 2010, j2 Global had achieved 15 consecutive fiscal years of revenue growth. For more information about j2 Global, please visit http://www.j2global.com.

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