Biomedical data are being generated and digitized at unprecedented rates. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, massive amounts of data have been used to rapidly understand, predict and treat COVID-19. With so much data at their fingertips, biomedical researchers across the globe are turning to cloud services to analyze vast datasets and extract lifesaving insights.

Today, we are thrilled to announce a new partnership between Microsoft and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to accelerate biomedical research in a post-pandemic world. As an approved cloud platform for the NIH’s Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative, Microsoft Azure will bring the power of the cloud to the biomedical research community.

Using Microsoft Azure’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, NIH and NIH-funded researchers will be able to optimize processing, storage and analysis of large datasets and computationally intensive workloads to understand and treat our toughest human diseases. We are proud to be a part of the program and contribute to these essential research efforts.

Harnessing the power of the cloud to accelerate biomedical research discovery

The NIH STRIDES Initiative accelerates biomedical research by providing access to cost-effective, advanced cloud technology and services. Through its partnerships, the STRIDES Initiative offers NIH and NIH-funded researchers access to rich datasets and state-of-the-art computational infrastructure, tools and services at a discounted rate. It also supports researchers through consultations, cloud training, program set-up and reporting services.

“We believe the cloud can help democratize access to the most advanced analytical technologies and enable researchers to perform complex analyses without the need for local infrastructure. Expanding our network of providers and access to the most advanced computational infrastructure, tools and services provides the flexibility that our researchers need to move research forward,” said Andrea T. Norris, Director of NIH’s Center for Information Technology and NIH Chief Information Officer. “Partnering with Microsoft Azure as a cloud service provider furthers our goal to enhance discovery and improve efficiency in biomedical research.”

Using cloud services improves efficiency and facilitates reproducible science. Migrating to the Microsoft Azure cloud can help biomedical researchers quickly run complex workloads,

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