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NS-IBM Cloud Consortium

IBM is contributing a multi-million dollar private cloud to a consortium of Springboard institutions in NS. The system, the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada, will be operational in early 2014. The Collaboration for Analytics Research, Education and Technology (CARET) will share a computing platform. It will enable research and the creation of new curriculum, to better equip graduates with high-demand analytics skills. The system is being hosted at Dal, but will also be shared with faculty and students at Acadia, CBU, MSVU, NSCC, SMU and StFX.

IBM’s contribution of this cloud infrastructure is part of a November, 2012 agreement between IBM, the Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Business Inc. and the consortium of post-secondary education institutions to seed analytics skills in Nova Scotia, locate an IBM services delivery centre in the province and create up to 500 new highly skilled jobs by 2020.

The technology contribution is under the auspices of two IBM programs which facilitate collaboration with educators to teach students the information technology skills they need to be competitive and keep pace with changes in the workplace. IBM’s Shared University Research and the Academic Initiatives programs provide hardware and access to analytics software, curriculum materials, case study projects and IBM data scientists and other researchers.