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Kaggle: Company Creates Crowdsourcing Platform in the Cloud to Solve Complex Problems

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Executive Summary

Kaggle is a company and platform launched to provide a link between organizations needing specialized analytic and scientific skills with a global pool of researchers and scientists who can provide those skills. The Kaggle offering caught on so fast that it quickly grew beyond the capabilities of its original online platform, which could not provide the scalability or flexibility that Kaggle needed to grow and support market demand. So the company turned to Windows Azure and Microsoft development tools to relaunch the site. With Windows Azure, Kaggle has a highly scalable platform capable of supporting quick spikes in new users and data traffic, along with a development environment that supports continuous innovation.

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