Fostering Collaborative Research

by Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft

To help support the emerging interest education institutions have in leveraging the power and efficiency of cloud services, I’m excited about our recent announcements on the extension of our  Internet Egress Fee Waiver for all academic customers in North America and Europe.  This is an important update to help institutions achieve even more with the cloud and do so more predictably.

Today, I am reminded of the critical work done by academic researchers and their breakthrough discoveries that save and improve lives. Microsoft has been working closely with institutions to support this work as part of our company’s core commitment to education and our efforts are guided by close partnerships.

Collaboration is at the heart of quality research and recognition is core to trusted collaboration.  Today’s announcement was the result of such collaboration, and I want to recognize those that helped make this happen.  Based on the trusted input from Internet2, Microsoft first agreed to support an Azure data egress waiver with our announcement of support for Net+ Services in April 2011 in Washington DC.  We continue to work closely with Internet2 in North America, and expanded our collaboration to include Géant supporting the European community of academic researchers.  Based on guidance from these organizations, the advocacy of our team supporting the education market, and the cooperation of our Azure team, it is now easier for researchers at all academic institutions in these regions to collaborate, share critical data sets, and direct more of their grant funding towards discovery.

Partners like Internet2 are critical in helping us understand the needs and priorities of the academic research community.  They have helped us improve our offering, and today’s announcement eliminates additional agreements, and automatically applies the internet egress fee waiver to all qualifying academic institutions.  Pat Burns from CSU does a great job summarizing the impact of our collaboration

“The data egress charges waiver, developed by Microsoft in partnership with Internet2 member universities in the US, removes a significant barrier for cloud adoption by allowing our researchers and IT organization to move data freely.  This is a great example of how the research and education community can work together with industry, and a testimony to the great benefits that NET+ brings to the Internet2 community.”
Patrick J. Burns: Dean of Libraries and VP for IT at Colorado State University


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