Menu
Microsoft, NSF form cloud computing collaboration

Microsoft, NSF form cloud computing collaboration

U.S. researchers will have access to Azure for three years under the new program

Researchers selected by the U.S. National Science Foundation will have free access to Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform under a deal announced Thursday.

Research projects focused on cloud computing will have access to Windows Azure for three years as part of the deal. The agreement will allow the U.S. scientific community "the opportunity to leverage highly scalable cloud computing services, especially for data-intensive applications," said Jeannette Wing, NSF's assistant director for computer and information science and engineering.

The focus will be on finding new ways to use the cloud in research, Wing said during a webcast press conference. "The cloud as a commodity service is familiar to all of us, providing our e-mail, online shopping, posting pictures for our friends to see, and of course, the killer app, search," she said. "However, the cloud as a research platform is still underexplored territory."

Cloud computing can be particularly useful for analyzing "massive amounts of data," she added.

Microsoft wants researchers to be able to do their work without worrying about infrastructure costs, said Dan Reed, corporate vice president for technology strategy and policy and extreme computing at Microsoft. An explosion of data is leading to a need for new approaches to computing-based research, but it doesn't make sense for each university to host its own cloud computing environment, he said.

"We need to shift the dialog from a focus on infrastructure to a focus on insight, and that means reducing the burden of infrastructure management that exists for many academic researchers," he added.

In addition to the access to Azure, researchers will get help from Microsoft developers, who will work with grant recipients to equip them with a set of tools, applications and data collections that can be shared with the broad academic community, and also provide their expertise in research, science and cloud computing, Microsoft said.

Researchers may immediately submit supplemental proposals to any existing NSF award, the NSF said. Under two programs, researchers will have until April 15 to apply for a cloud computing grant for the current fiscal year.

New cloud computing programs at NSF are anticipated.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Events

Featured

Slideshows

Channel kicks 2021 into gear as After Hours returns to Auckland

Channel kicks 2021 into gear as After Hours returns to Auckland

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar with a bumper crowd of partners, distributors and vendors descending on The Pantry at Park Hyatt in Auckland to kick-start 2021.

Channel kicks 2021 into gear as After Hours returns to Auckland
The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards

Hundreds of leaders from the New Zealand IT industry gathered at the Hilton in Auckland on 17 November to celebrate the finest female talent in the Kiwi channel and recognise the winners of the Reseller News Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) 2020.

The Kiwi channel gathers for the 2020 Reseller News Women in ICT Awards
Show Comments