Chalk up another victory for cloud computing.

Research-as-a-Service is almost here.

The scientific community has successfully been adapting the power cloud platforms offer for their research. Particularly scientists that have limited budgets are turning to cloud services to crunch their big-scale numbers.

Google recently gave away 100 million computing hours to various teams across the globe.

Now Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform is seeing more and more researchers trying to push the scientific boundaries. The director of cloud research strategy at Microsoft Research division, Dennis Gannon, made the announcement in a blog post on TechNet:

“The idea of using the cloud to help broader communities extends to scientific disciplines. The vast majority of scientists don’t want to learn to program a cluster, a supercomputer or a cloud. They want to get on with their science. This describes the vast majority of the research community.”

High-performance computing (HPC) is another facet where Windows Azure is bringing large scale computing resources within reach of research teams and scientists.

In fact, an informal study finds that 90 percent of the research teams that were polled were pleased with the ROI the cloud platforms offered, and were willing to use the cloud resources again.

Microsoft first launched Azure back in 2008 to compete with several other cloud computing newcomers.

While the company has position Azure primarily for enterprises, Microsoft has also partnered with Cloud Research Engagement Initiative program to allow the scientific community make use of the cloud infrastructure.

Well over 75 research teams have already made use of the Azure platform, as of this writing.

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