Should you join the other 750 universities that have deployed Microsoft Azure?
The answer is a definite yes. Azure is a complete cloud platform with data centers located across the globe with capabilities that support a broad range of scenarios in the classroom and research settings.
As more and more college classes are being taken online, Azure’s video streaming and media services have the ability to transform the way educators present their lectures and materials in a cost-effective and secure manner.
Many schools are already using Azure to convert to a digital classroom and offer personalized learning experiences. Researchers at the University of Cal Berkeley used Azure to deliver satellite imagery and faculty at the University of Newcastle leveraged Azure to run workflows for cancer drug development. (View full case study).
The University of Phayao, a public Thai university, is boosting productivity and efficiency in the performance of instructional tasks through its use of Microsoft’s cloud platform. These are just three examples among many institutions that have reaped the benefits of using Azure in higher education.
Big Data is another Azure service being taken advantage of by universities. Virginia Tech researchers used Hadoop to analyze DNA data in the hopes of finding new cancer therapies and antibiotics. Rather than spending millions to create its own supercomputing center, Virginia Tech uses Microsoft’s cloud. (Click here to read more about Azure’s Big Data service)
To accelerate the adoption of cloud services to advance academic objectives, Microsoft provides grants to educators as well as provides free Azure subscriptions and developer tools for students. Sign up here.
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Lily Schenkel is AISN’s summer marketing and sales intern.