Windows Azure is an open and flexible global cloud platform supporting any language, tool, or framework, and is ideally suited to educators and researchers’ needs across all disciplines.

In association with Microsoft Research we are please to announce FREE training for academic educators and researchers who would like to learn how to conduct their research on a highly scalable and flexible cloud infrastructure, such as that offered by Windows Azure.

We are currently offering free, technical, two-day training event, presented by specialized Windows Azure for Research trainers. See the schedule of events

Windows Azure for Research Training – Oxford 2014 The course hosted by the Oxford eResearch Centre saw 45 participants from 18 Organisations attend St Anne's College.Oxford, UK on the 20–21 January 2014

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45 researchers from 18 universities and research organisations

These courses are aimed at software research engineers, postdocs, research fellows, faculty members, and PhD students.

The event  covers everything from Linux virtual machines, IPython, scaling out R and MATLAB calculations, cloud storage, sensor data processing, and, of course, big data processing. To help you apply these new tools and techniques, you will receive a 6-month Azure pass too, so you can further experiment and develop your research applications and we have an extensive set of teaching resources and Educators passes to support Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses at http://www.windowsazure.com/education

Our next course is at Manchester University on 3-4 April 2014. You can apply via the course web page.

We’ve released all of the training material as open source, which you can download here. We also have a webinar series with more coming soon, and technical papers that drill down into more detail.

We’re also excited to be supporting 75 Windows Azure for Research projects around the world so far. Our next deadline for proposals is 15th February 2014 for proposals for 12 months of Windows Azure resources to accelerate your research. So please submit your ideas here.