“Under this agreement with Internet2, Microsoft will waive both data egress and data ingress charges for Internet2 university members through their institutions’ existing Enrollment for Education Solutions licensing agreement with Microsoft.”

“Microsoft is also working with Internet2 and the university research community to pilot new large-data management, archiving and curation efforts that demonstrate capabilities around research data management life cycles. Institutions such as Florida International University, George Mason University, University of California, Davis, University of California, San Diego, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, University of Utah, University of Virginia, and University of Washington, will be some of the first schools to pilot research projects in the cloud on Windows Azure.”

Plus, we will investigate enabling Shibboleth applications in Windows Azure!

“Finally, as part of this agreement, Microsoft will investigate support for applications deployed on Windows Azure to authenticate users via Shibboleth. The Shibboleth architecture and implementation for identity management allows for cross-domain single sign-on, which facilitates collaborative research across institutions and simplifies maintenance of user names and passwords.”

The full press release can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2012/Apr12/04-24Internet2PR.aspx