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Governor announces creation of open cloud for information

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Friday, Gov. Deval Patrick announced a $3 million investment into an open cloud project, which he said will spur on big data innovation.

Patrick was one of several speakers on hand at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center.

He said the project will allow data sharing across a wide range of industries, tackling everything from cancer research to climate change.

Patrick believes that will put more people to work.

"As those ideas turn into companies, jobs are created," Patrick stated. "That's how we've seen the run up in robotics and a whole range of technologies. It has much to do with clean tech and life sciences as well."

State officials said the multi-million dollar project could have a dramatic impact in shaping the commonwealth for the future.

"What this next step is, is to take this government computing center and to make it into sort of a sandbox for big data cloud computing," said Greg Bialecki, the state's housing and economic development secretary.  "[It gives] the chance for all of these really smart university folks and entrepreneurs to use this as a place to try out their ideas to make a commercially viable big data product or service."

Private industry is matching the state's $3 million with $16 million of their own.

One of the professors who is handling the project said this will open up a whole new world for developers.

"An individual innovator can not do this in a garage," said Azer Bestavros, a professor of computer science at Boston University. "They need a platform. Think of this platform with all of these stakeholders. So all of the sudden you remove a huge hurdle for developing all of this innovation."

Officials said they expect the cloud to be up and running in the next two years or so.

They said it will be open to the institutions, government and the private industry partners who are involved.

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