Cloud Computing and Big Data are transforming many industries. Massive computational resources, beyond the ability of any one corporation to acquire, can be used on demand by a company or individual, allowing new insights to be gained from access to massive data sets, and from correlating information across both private and public data sets. The application of such computing resources is resulting in new products, new corporations, and impacting the reliability, accuracy and efficacy of public and private service delivery.
The Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) aims to:
- Improve Commonwealth computational infrastructure, providing our information economy with the competitive advantage of an inexpensive and efficient cloud utility suitable for sharing and analyzing massive data sets and supporting a broad set of applications.
- Evolve/transform the local demand for cloud computing, both commercially and academically, into a thriving locally hosted industry that both pioneers and benefits from advances in Cloud technology and Big Data analysis.
The MOC will stand apart from existing clouds by enabling multiple entities to provide (rather than just consume) computing resources and services on a level playing field. Each entity providing a service will be responsible for operating that service and determining the rate that users are charged. The MOC will be responsible for the shared services of the cloud, and for exposing and collecting charges (along with a small overhead to pay for MOC operations). New startups can expose their hardware or software services through the MOC, make them easily available to a large community of users, and derive revenue from doing so.