Microsoft's new cloud computing tool will help fight Ebola

Microsoft launches Azure powered cloud computing tools to fight against Ebola virus.

Published Date
21 - Oct - 2014
| Last Updated
21 - Oct - 2014
Microsoft's new cloud computing tool will help fight Ebola

Microsoft has announced free cloud-computing and research applications to qualified medical researchers working on the Ebola virus.

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella unveiled a new Azure powered research initiative that will allow users to access large amounts of information and computing power remotely over the Internet and help in furthering Ebola research. He added that Microsoft's cloud based platform for businesses, Azure will help in providing assistance in Ebola research and disaster relief.

Satya Nadella said at a presentation in San Francisco, "One of the things tomorrow morning we're going to do is make available Azure computer power to the research community. Mobility comes about because of the cloud," Nadella said. "It’s very important to us that we support every business in every industry in every geography.” 

Nadella added that Microsoft is now accepting proposals for projects that "are working towards developing a better understanding of the spread and cure of the Ebola virus and its associated factors." He added that Qualifying proposals will be awarded allocations of Microsoft Azure compute and storage resources.” Read: Cybercriminals using Ebola fear as bait to infect PCs: Symantec

Microsoft also announced new G-series virtual machines and the new Azure Marketplace at the conference. Microsoft's executive vice president of cloud and enterprise Scott Guthrie stated that the virtual machine has 32TB of storage, which is four times the memory of Google's largest virtual machine.

"Our new G-series virtual machines, along with Premium Storage, will enable customers to run the most demanding workloads in the largest virtual machines available in the public cloud today," Guthrie added.

Source: Microsoft Research