At the Open Grid Forum, Dan Reed, of Microsoft, detailed three programs that'll strengthen the capabilities of European research community by providing scientific researchers across Europe with access to advanced client plus cloud computing resources and technical support as part of company's global cloud research engagement initiative launched earlier this year.
Microsoft has initiated three partnerships in Europe -- with Europe's VENUS-C (Virtual Multidisciplinary EnviroNments USing Cloud Infrastructures) consortium, with France's INRIA (National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control), and with U.K.'s University of Nottingham Horizon Institute.
These partnerships, aimed at unlocking the collaborative potential of cloud in Europe, demonstrate Microsoft's commitment to helping Europe realize the full potential of cloud, specifically in support of EU's 2020 goals for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. They also advance the goals of recently announced Innovation Union, a strategy that carries ambition to make the EU a world-class science base. They'll also assist in strengthening European Research Area.