On 21 March 2018, the Norwegian higher education cloud initiative (UH-Sky) organised a conference on Microsoft Azure on how IT organisations can use cloud services in their everyday routines. Eighty participants, developers and technical managers from ICT departments, gathered at Gardermoen. Representatives from Microsoft Azure and ATEA (preferred joint supplier) were on hand to answer any questions.

A similar conference is planned for the Autumn of 2018.

AS part of the GÉANT IaaS framework Norwegian research and higher education institutions can utilise Microsoft Azure through three resellers, ATEA, Comparex and SoftwareONE. After a joint procurement, that ATEA won, Norwegian universities and institutions only need to sign a call-off agreement to use Microsoft Azure IaaS-technology.