Massachusetts collaborated with Boston-area research universities and high tech organisations to set up an open cloud framework. The company hopes that the new solution will become a regional hub for research into big data throughout the Commonwealth. MOC (Massachusetts Open Cloud aims to be the marketplace for hardware, software and services, all of which can be bought and sold via the platform.
A joint venture that has been funded by Massachusetts, private high tech companies, such as Cisco Systems, and five state-owned research-intensive universities, is expected to improve the computational infrastructure in the Commonwealth, transforming big data analysis and cloud computing.
The open cloud technology is based on Red Hat and OpenStack cloud technoloigy and will provide a variety of services, including IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) for on-demand access to virtual machines and big data platforms via the cloud.
Small businesses will also be able to provide hardware and software services via MOC, giving their technology much-needed exposure to larger communities. By allowing multiple entities to provide computing services and resources, MOC officials believe they have differentiated themselves from existing clouds.
By Allie Philpin