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The software maker has started grafting popular scientific databases and analysis tools onto its Windows Azure cloud computing service. This basically means that researchers in various fields can get access to a fast supercomputer of their very own and pose queries to enormous data sets that Microsoft keeps up to date. For the time being, Microsoft will allow some research groups to perform their work free, while others will have to rent calculation time on Azure via a credit card.

These moves have turned Somsak Phattarasukol, a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, into a big fan of Microsoft.

Mr. Phattarasukol, like many researchers, is accustomed to waiting in line for access to large, public computers and to twiddling his thumbs – sometimes for days – as the machines work on his requests. It’s a frustrating process only made worse as the databases the researchers deal with swell alongside the time it takes to perform the analysis.

Microsoft officially opened access to the scientific bits of Azure this week, but Mr. Phattarasukol got early access to the system. He’s part of a team that’s trying to create a biofuel from bacteria that produce hydrogen gas. The work has required the research team to compare the makeup of various bacterium strains against an extensive protein database, as they try to figure out which bits of genetic code can prompt higher hydrogen gas production.

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Written by Guru Kirthigavasan

November 18th, 2010 at 5:32 am

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  1. Microsoft is making a great move by giving researchers this new level of access.

    I think Microsoft made a strong positive decision which could potential benefit there objectives in the near future.

    Robert Thomas

    30 Dec 10 at 8:07 am

  2. Because Microsoft collects different data sets and combines them, they will provide researchers with enormous and up to date data sets that researchers can’t collect by themselves. Queries to enormous datasets are more reliable. With the providing of the large datasets Microsoft helps to improve the science and reliability of the findings.

    Besides this, the Windows Azure cloud computing service can lower costs for researchers. With cloud computing the user is not the owner of the software but pays for service. Researchers can save significant costs on the purchase of software and hardware.

  3. ‘.; I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives great information ..”

    Roof Helmet

    28 Jan 11 at 6:23 pm

  4. What criteria does Microsoft have when they decide which project is supported for free and which scientists have to pay for the service?

  5. Hi Guru,

    I’m new to your site and really liking what I am finding. Keep it up.

    I think this is both a good business move by Microsoft to get deeper into the BI arena within large, well funded, and meaningfully projects as well as a lucky break for the researchers to get a bit more processing power behind their projects.

    Thankfully, my company is taking part in Microsoft’s BizSpark program and really benefiting from access to SQL Server and BI Tools.

    Definitely good stuff. Thanks for the post.

    Charles Green

    19 May 11 at 7:47 am

  6. In recent world most hard job used to be done by scientific researchers. They has to deal with million of tons of data daily. They used to be smuggled by the loads of data. So They need to get some sort of relief and that they get by the help of Microsoft with the sense of cloud computing. this is surely that Microsoft go deeper to the Business Intelligence. In recent time many of the companies are developing various kind of BI tools for various platforms. But what Microsoft developed is Super like work.

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    6 Aug 11 at 3:57 am

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