Azure for Research training comes to Europe: 9-16 May 2016

Do you need a time machine for getting your research done faster? Then come along to our Azure for Research training to learn how cloud computing can help. Whether it’s big data, big compute (HPC), or analysing data streaming from devices for an IoT project, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is using Microsoft…

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Data Science for Researchers using Microsoft Azure

Data science is a huge topic, and requires a wide range of tools and services to cover the different areas that it encompasses. Even answering the question ‘What is a data scientist?’ is not easy. This is a brief list of articles, activities and resources for researchers and students to explore how Microsoft Azure and…

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Azure Machine Learning for Teaching – Machine Learning by Doing

The International Conference on Machine Learning 2015 in Lille, France was a fantastic opportunity for us to meet the world’s best ML researchers! Many of the conversations we had on the Microsoft booth were around using Azure Machine Learning (#AzureML) for teaching, so we thought we would expand on those discussions here. Effectively conveying the…

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Getting started with Microsoft Azure for your research

There are so many ways that cloud computing can be used for research projects, it’s often hard to know where to start. Microsoft Azure is very easy to use, and once you’ve managed to do a few things it will seem second nature to take advantage of its more advanced capabilities. So if you’re just…


Azure for Research updates – April 2015

The Microsoft Research team has hand selected the latest news about the Microsoft Azure for Research program, Microsoft Azure updates and resources, and the latest cloud-computing trends in research.   Continue to explore how cloud computing can be used in your research and find the right application scenario that will address your big data challenges. Microsoft…

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How can technology help us to understand and manage disease?

The range of emotions that surface when we talk about diseases such as Ebola, Malaria and Polio is enormous. Seeing images of suited healthcare heroes in West Africa is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. The need to work together to bring our collective skills, resources, and energy to bear is more urgent than ever before. We…

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Predictive models and Azure Machine Learning for EnviroHack 2015

Data, data everywhere, but what’s the use? There are great efforts across many research disciplines to make data available for reuse, and environmental science is one area in which this is very successful. But how do you make all this data discoverable, usable and actionable? Dozens of scientists, developers, and business people were wowed by…

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Environmental Data and Services in the Cloud

There are several publicly available environmental data sources that you can use to build apps, hosted on Microsoft Azure. You can use a £125/$200 Azure free trial that gives you access to just about all services that you may need. Sign up at http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/ For example: UK Met Office open weather data on Azure Marketplace, including…

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NoSQL in the cloud for researchers

There is a lot of excitement around NoSQL approaches for research applications across many different domains. The advantages of simplicity, scalability, and flexibility are extremely tempting, but it’s not always easy to figure out how to deploy such approaches. So we’re really excited that Azure has a new NoSQL service designed from the ground-up to be…

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Go faster on Azure with new D-Series virtual machines

Faster processors, more memory and SSD hard drives… The new D-Series virtual machines on Azure are ideal for many compute and data-intensive research applications. They offer up to 112GB RAM, 800 GB SSD temporary hard drives, and 60% more speed. Find out more details at http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/d-series-virtual-machine-sizes/

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