Massachusetts Open Cloud

Built upon a unique academic, industry, and government partnership, the The Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) is comprised of deeply interconnected projects with the same goal: to develop an open, production-quality cloud computing system that enables research and provides leading-edge services for scientific computing. While today’s clouds are owned, operated, and controlled by a single provider, the MOC is creating a two-sided marketplace. This will allow multiple providers to compete on a level playing field and give users control over which services and resources they consume.

Housed within the Cloud Computing Initiative (CCI), the MOC provides a structure and testbed for the Modular Approach to Cloud Security (MACS) and Smart-city Cloud-based Open Platform and Ecosystem (SCOPE) projects.

Project Goals

  • To create an improved computing resource for cloud and big data users in the Commonwealth.
  • To create a new model of cloud computing that enables research and technology companies to innovate and profit in the cloud and big data sectors.

Fast Facts about the MOC

Led by Boston University, the MOC is a collaborative effort among BU, Harvard, UMass Amherst, MIT, and Northeastern University, as well as the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Learn more about all of the project members and partners.

The MOC is funded by a $3M Commonwealth of Massachusetts MassTech Collaborative Matching Grant Award, and with more than $16M of matching grants from key industry participants. [Press release]

With significant payoff to the public and private sectors, the MOC will be a catalyst for the economic development of business clusters that engage both industry and academia. [Presentation at the 2014 Open Stack Summit]

Visit the MOC website to learn more about the project,  recent developments, and opportunities to join the MOC team.