Microsoft Corp. announced three European research partnerships designed to support the European research community with access to cloud computing resources and technical support. The company is launching partnerships with Europe's VENUS-C (Virtual Multidisciplinary EnviroNments USing Cloud Infrastructures) consortium, France's INRIA (National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control), and with the U.K.'s University of Nottingham Horizon Institute.
VENUS-C is developing and deploying a cloud computing service for research and industry communities throughout Europe to demonstrate a scientific cloud for Europe that is integrated with the existing European grid system. Microsoft's contribution to the project is Windows Azure data and computing capability, plus teams of researchers, including one based at the European Microsoft Innovation Center in Germany.
According to Microsoft, the partnerships are aimed at demonstrating the collaborative potential of the cloud in Europe. The company also announced similar partnerships with the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the U.S. and the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan, earlier this year.