Massachusetts Operates Cloud Computing Effort

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Cloud computing is taking sizable steps forward in a Northeast U.S. state, merging several entities of society to produce an open computing marketplace, according to a published report.

And the effort is set to benefit consumers, who may conduct negotiations for the type of services and products they need, TechCrunch reports. The entities involved in the drive include public, business and academic outlets, all of whom collect to form the Massachusetts Open Cloud project.

Some big name schools have lent support to the initiative as well – Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Boston University and Northeastern University.

“For us I would see the key opportunities we see around MOC is operational access, understanding large scale cloud infrastructure, and growing skills” surrounding this domain, one vendor told the news outlet. “We will rotate resources from support and consulting organizations so they can get first-hand experience.”

The drive of the effort is to establish a commercial project that is founded on tools from open sources with the assistance of equipment and engineers who have been supplies by vendors.

Being involved with the effort is advantageous on many levels. Participants may capitalize on the increased amount of incubation space for innovation so that they may conduct experiments for various business models and Service Level Agreements.

Vendors see an advantage that is akin to that of academia – the acquisition of real data about the operation and function of large–scale data mechanisms.

“Probably the very interesting use case is the ability to get the operational data from such a large scale environment,” the vendor told the news outlet. “A lot of cloud services are black boxes. We work with these vendors, but we don’t have the ability to get as much information from inside a large scale infrastructure.”

An array of cloud options are in play for consumers but there is a dearth in the marketplace for the capacity to negotiate pricing and access. Another benefit of this effort is it serves as a kick-off point for providing an increased amount of selling infrastructure as the effort advances.

The project is in its experimental stages but there are high hopes.

ZDNet reports a cloud computing service is assembling predictions about who will prevail in this year’s World Cup.

By crunching large amounts of data and statistics, the cloud computing platform is being implemented to arrive at results of each game and ultimately the winner of the global competition that ensues once every four years.