Resources will be shared during the next three years to 70,000 nonprofit organizations and 900 university research projects. In simple terms, cloud computing is the term given to store data on the Internet, rather than on a local computer.
And to make the data more easily available, the added promise for nonprofits is as resources allow large amounts of energy that would normally be out of reach of all but the largest IT companies.
In a blog post explaining the initiative, head of the legal department of Microsoft, Brad Smith wrote: “cloud services can unlock the secrets held by the data to create new ideas and lead to breakthroughs, not only for science and technology, but to address the full range of economic and social challenges and providing better social services “.
The crisis of the so-called “big data” is seen as a great opportunity for non-profit organizations dealing with social issues that pose a heavy problem without the kind of processing power of cloud computing can offer.
In this sense, Microsoft’s commitment is not a tangible product, or money, but access to the servers and services required by regular companies to pay substantial costs. The money will also be used to improve the “last mile” Internet connectivity – the hope is connected on countries begin to take advantage of the most advanced nations of the Internet have luxuries – such as broadband at home.
Other companies, especially Facebook, have pursued similar objectives.
The project invests in Internet.org Facebook connectivity technologies – such as drones – to close the last mile, helping its founder, Mark Zuckerberg called the “next billion” people to access the Web.
However, these initiatives are not always well received. The free basic outline of Facebook, in which some mobile sites were accessible for free, has caused an uproar in India, where local companies say that Facebook gives you an unfair advantage over local competitors.
Microsoft invariably hit with the same charge – that a donation will be made in three years with the hope that organizations are deeply rooted in the cloud ecosystem of Microsoft for many years to come.
However, the head of Microsoft Satya Nadella won great applause for his desire to use consistently expressed immense size and wealth of Microsoft in developing countries, including his native India.Besides being a guest of Michelle Obama’s recent State of the Union, 48 years old, participating in the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, trying to highlight the potential for Microsoft to provide computing power to the initiatives beyond big business.