Massachusetts Open Cloud

Date awarded:  April 2014

Focus regions:  Western Mass (Holyoke)

Academic/Non-profit partners:  Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, UMass, U.S. Air Force

Core industry partners:  Brocade, Cisco, Intel, Lenovo, Red Hat, Two Sigma.

MassTech awarded Boston University $3 million to support a collaborative research project between industry and academia to build the Massachusetts Open Cloud, a public computing cloud that will serve as a shared infrastructure in the Commonwealth for developing and running computationally intensive and Big Data applications.

Housed at the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center in Holyoke (shown at left), the MOC will serve as a vehicle that empowers researchers and companies to explore, develop, and release novel Big Data and cloud computing solutions, benefiting both the innovators and the users of the technologies as well as subsequent MOC customers. This award will result in at least $16 million in investment from outside partners.

To date, the Massachusetts Open Cloud has exceeded its Year Three predictions, as it has established seven core partners that provide both major financial and in-kind commitments. In addition, the network has 329 active users who utilize nearly 200 individual servers.

Learn more about the Massachusetts Open Cloud on the project’s website

(Photos Courtesy of the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center and the Massachusetts Open Cloud project.)