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. Through this arrangement, principal investigators involved in large data initiatives, such as genomics, big data or "the long tail of science" projects, can save on bandwidth charges when moving or accessing data sets and shift those resources toward research-related activities and speed discovery.
"Microsoft recognizes the vital role research plays in spurring innovation and economic recovery in the U.S.," said Sig Behrens, general manager for U.S. Education at Microsoft. "Moving petabytes of data in the cloud can be cost-prohibitive, so universities are not able to easily collaborate and share knowledge. With the elimination of data connectivity charges for Windows Azure, and the ability to leverage Internet2’s backbone, universities can save millions of dollars and achieve critical access to big data. This will not only break down silos, but also allow for more people to participate in the world’s largest cloud research community."
Universities Sign Up to Pilot Research on Windows Azure
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 University of Washington
Kelli Trosvig University of Washington University of Washington
Research efforts will focus on four key project management areas, including the following:
- "The long tail of science."
- High-performance computing.
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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.
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