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Microsoft has announced new partnerships with three of
Australia's top research organisations as part of the company's Global Cloud Research Engagement Initiative launched earlier this year. Partnerships
with National ICT
Australia (NICTA), The Australian National University (ANU), and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
Organisation (CSIRO) will enable
scientific researchers across the
continent access to advanced client plus cloud computing resources and technical support.
will provide researchers in these organizations with three years of free access
to the Windows Azure platform, as well as access to technical support and
client tools from Microsoft. This will enable researchers to easily access the
power of the cloud from their desktop to explore a range of topics including
the analysis of online social networks, a cloud-based geophysical imaging
platform, computational chemistry and other eScience applications.
will also help Australia's university research infrastructure better align with
recommendations of Cloud computing: opportunities and challenges for
Australia, a study by the Academy
of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
the full press
release to learn more about how each of these organizations
will benefit from these grants.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced similar
partnerships with the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the U.S., the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan and in Europe with the European Commission's VENUS-C project, INRIA in France and the
University of Nottingham in the U.K.
These grants are related to Microsoft's
efforts bring technical computing to the mainstream with
Windows Azure. To learn more about
technical computing in the cloud, read this recent blog post by Bill Hilf, general manager, Technical