Microsoft collaborates with NOAA to host data in Azure Government

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 22 April 2015
Microsoft collaborates with NOAA to host data in Azure Government

Microsoft is working as an anchor collaborator with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of the Cooperative Research & Development Agreement.

Microsoft will host weather, water, ocean, and climate data issued by NOAA scientists on the Microsoft Azure Government cloud platform as part of the agreement.

NOAA gathers more than 20 terabytes of data each day as it works to understand and predict changes in the environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources.

With only a small percentage of data currently accessible, the NOAA wanted to extend its data to the cloud and have the necessary compute, network and storage capabilities to allow government, businesses and the general public to tap into NOAA’s data and explore and innovate using predictive models and analysis.

“We will host such well-known NOAA datasets as the Global Forecast System, Global Ensemble Forecast System, and Climate Forecast System,” explained Chris Niehaus, Microsoft’s senior director of National Cloud Programs, in a blog post. “We also look forward to working with NOAA and our partners in government and industry to identify and expose other datasets of interest.”

With such large amounts of data now available, many segments of government and private industry will be able to take advantage of Azure Government to develop solutions and improve applications.

Public agencies will also be able to develop mission-critical applications using the newly-available data.

“We believe that opening the door to one of the world’s most valued data resources through Azure Government will speed the rate of innovation and create new insights that will positively affect the lives of millions, so we are enthusiastic about inviting government and private industry to tap into the immense value of NOAA’s data,” Niehaus said. “The ultimate goal of this cooperative effort is to foster innovation from a rich community of researchers and other partners.”

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