Connected Initiatives

Information on how to get involved in the connected initiatives can be found here.

New England Research Cloud (NERC)

The vision of the New England Research Cloud (NERC) is to create a regional resource, rich with world-class cloud computing services. We are building a common cloud framework that is tailored for data-driven discovery and will be available to many institutions in New England. 

Open Infra Labs (OI Labs)

OpenInfra Labs (OI Labs) is the new effort established in partnership with OpenStack Foundation and Mass Open Cloud. OILabs is created with the goal to expand the existing community and simplify and standardize how different institutions deploy and operate open source cloud infrastructure and cloud native software.

Open Cloud Test Bed (OCT)

The NSF “Open Cloud Testbed” (OCT) project will build and support a testbed for research and experimentation into new cloud platforms.Testbeds such as OCT are critical for enabling research into new cloud technologies – research that requires experiments which potentially change the operation of the cloud itself.

i-scale (NSF IUCRC)

The Center for Systems Innovation at Scale (i-Scale) is a partnership between academia and industry to explore the unique challenges of computing systems at large scale, across software, networking, and hardware layers. i-Scale researchers seek answers to problems of pre-competitive research which are relevant to our industrial partners, often collaborating directly via open-source partnerships.

Red Hat Collaboratory at BU

Red Hat Collaboratory at BU is a partnership between Red Hat and Boston University, the Red Hat Collaboratory connects BU faculty and students with industry practitioners working in open-source software communities. Look at our website to know more about our projects

Operate First

With the Mass Open Cloud and Open Infra Labs, Red Hat is launching an effort to open source cloud operations at scale

Cloud Lab

Flexible, scientific infrastructure for research on the future of cloud computing. Researchers use CloudLab to build their own clouds, experimenting with new architectures that will form the basis for the next generation of computing platforms.


NESE is the Northeast Storage Exchange, a shared regional storage collaboration funded by the National Science Foundation and operated as a long term partnership between Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern University, UMass and MGHPCC. Our main goals are to meet the storage needs of the data revolution for science, engineering, education and technology, particularly for researchers in the northeastern part of the U.S.