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Microsoft Shares Cloud Technology with Top Australian Research Organizations

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Microsoft Corp. has announced new partnerships with three of Australia's top research organizations as part of the company's Global Cloud Research Engagement Initiative launched earlier this year. Representatives from National ICT Australia, The Australian National University, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization attended a launch event Monday (Dec. 13) in Sydney to show their support for the program that will provide scientific researchers with access to advanced client plus cloud computing resources and technical support.

Each grant will provide researchers with three years of free access to Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform. The supported projects will explore a range of topics, including the analysis of online social networks, a cloud-based geophysical imaging platform, computational chemistry and other e-science applications.

The Microsoft program will 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.

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