Microsoft makes cloud investment promise for good of the public

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20 February, 2016

Microsoft cloud investmentMicrosoft has promised to invest $1bn (£700m) of cloud resources to organisations deemed to operating for the good of the public.

The cloud resources will be provided over a three-year period to somewhere within the region of 70,000 nonprofit organisations and 900 student research projects.

In addition to improving the accessibility of data, the promise for nonprofit organisations is that any resources provided will feature vast computing power, typically unavailable for the average business.

Cloud computing is the storing of data over the world wide web, as opposed to it being stored on a single computer. Brad Smith, Head Legal Officer for Microsoft, said:

“Cloud services can unlock the secrets held by data in ways that create new insights and lead to breakthroughs, not just for science and technology, but for addressing the full range of economic and social challenges and the delivery of better human services.”

‘Big data’ crunching is viewed as a huge opportunity for any nonprofit organisations involved in social matters to pose an unwieldy issue without the process power that the cloud can offer.

In that regard, Microsoft’s investment will not result in cash or tangible products, but rather enable businesses to access services and servers that they would normally pay high fees for.

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