While tech giants Microsoft, Amazon, and Google typically compete against each other to be selected as the sole collaborator’s cloud provider, for once they will work in harmony to support the National Institutes of Health’s biomedical research.
A few years after the NIH tapped Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud to provide cloud computing and storage services for the Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation and Sustainability (STRIDES) initiative, Microsoft Azure also came on board.
The initiative was launched in 2018 –with Google Cloud as the original cloud partner– To give biomedical researchers easier access not only to huge data sets from around the world, but also to the processing tools required to analyze such huge databases.
Researchers resident and funded by the NIH can now use Microsoft’s cloud resources to support their biomedical studies.
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