This talk givens an overview of several multi-SDO and cross-SDO activities to promote and spur innovation in cloud computing. The focus is on API development and standardization, including testbeds, test use cases, and collaborative activities between organizations to create and carry out development and testing in this area. The focus is on work being pursued through the Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center at Texas Tech University, which is part of the US National Science Foundation's Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, and on work being done by standards organizations such as the Open Grid Forum, Distributed Management Task Force, and Telecommunications Management Forum in which the CAC@TTU is involved. A summary is also given of work to produce a new round of more detailed use cases suitable for testing by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology's Standards Acceleration to Jumpstart Adoption of Cloud Computing (SAJACC) working group, with brief mention also given to other related work going on in this area in other parts of the world. Background and other standards work is also mentioned.