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Empowering Secure and Efficient Research with Trusted Research Environments

Advance sensitive data-driven research with expertly designed Microsoft Azure Trusted Research Environments (TREs) from Red Oak Consulting. Our skilled and experienced Cloud Engineering team, with a strong research background, can deliver:

  • TRE Planning: Customised to individual or organisational use cases.
  • Open Standards: Fostering confidence in a system which will conform to required security protocols.
  • Cost Effectiveness: Through the use of a singular, centralised system with full cost management.
  • Time Optimisation: On-going maintenance so researchers remain focused on results and outcomes.
  • Optimised for Scale: Pivotal for data analysis from desktop to HPC-level scale.
  • Knowledge Transfer: To retain in-house expertise to maximise the value of your Trusted Research Environment.

By integrating high-quality data management, robust security, and enhanced privacy, our TREs accelerate your path to discovery.


Drive innovation by securely enabling collaborative access to sensitive data, advanced analytics tools, and resources, fostering interdisciplinary research, replicability, and accelerated discovery.

Data Quality

Link and analyse data at scale, ensuring the highest standards of data quality and consistency.


Maintain full control over your data with access restricted solely to authorised personnel.


Foster greater scrutiny and data reuse with comprehensive audit trails and transparent recording of all research activity.

Breaking Research Boundaries through TRE Innovation

Our Microsoft Azure-based Trusted Research Environment (TRE) is purpose-built to streamline data-centric research from inception through to breakthrough. Rapid insights with the safeguard of complete data security and regulatory compliance are a guarantee.

Your research can benefit from:

Streamlined Access

Our self-service portals allow you to manage access to a variety of research tools and data sets. This system supports both Windows and Linux environments, improving productivity without the constant need for IT oversight.

Research Environments

Enhance your digital workspace with essential tools, applications and Data Science Virtual Machines, each selected to meet the precise requirements of your specific research projects.

Comprehensive Tool and Library Integration

Access a broad array of critical research software and libraries directly within your workspace, such as in-system Python and R library depositories, version control platforms (Gitea) and easy to use options for remote access via a Web browser.

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Robust Infrastructure

Our Azure TRE features a flexible architecture that includes secure integration options for Azure CycleCloud HPC and Azure Databricks giving you access to Secure HPC and Secure Data Platforms, ensuring compatibility and enhancement of your existing systems and processes.

Security Features

Leveraging Azure Entra and enhanced with additional airlock security protocols, our infrastructure safeguards your data against unauthorised access and potential security threats.

What Sets This Environment Apart from Alternatives?


Setup Time & Maintenance

Remove the need, time and security risk associated with setting up your own bespoke environment for research purposes. Red Oak Consulting can proactively monitor and manage these Trusted Research Environments ensuring compliance and optimisation at all times.

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Both Azure and AWS support open science initiatives and provide tools for sharing data and code repositories. Azure’s integrations with GitHub and Azure Open Datasets allows for enhanced collaboration with other developers, perform source control, and the secure management of your data factory assets. All of which delivers a reduced timeline to data discovery and preparation.

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Azure offers a wide range of compliance certifications and security features tailored to the needs of research organisations, including HIPAA, GDPR, and FedRAMP compliance. Azure’s specialised offerings, such as Azure Government and Azure Health Data Services, provide additional support for compliance with industry-specific regulations.

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Integrated Analytics and AI Services

Azure offers a comprehensive suite of data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) services, including Azure Machine Learning, Azure Cognitive Services, and Azure Synapse Analytics. These services enable researchers to analyse large datasets, build predictive models, and extract insights using advanced AI algorithms.

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Partnerships and Collaborations

Azure has established partnerships and collaborations with academic institutions, research organisations, and government agencies worldwide. These partnerships facilitate knowledge exchange, research collaborations, and access to specialised resources and expertise for researchers using Azure.


Support for Open Science Initiatives

Azure actively supports open science initiatives and provides tools and resources for promoting transparency, reproducibility, and data sharing in research. For example, Azure Open Datasets offers a collection of curated datasets for use in research projects, while Azure for Research provides grants and resources for advancing open science.

Why Partner with Red Oak Consulting?

With a proven capability of bridging the gap between IT and research our team of highly skilled computing experts will work with you to overcome potential challenges whilst applying the critical skill to deliver the right solution for your research.


There is a core to the TRE which is required for data security and regulatory compliance. Although this cannot be altered, our consultants can work with you to tailor your research workspaces with the tools and libraries most appropriate for your work.

The Azure TRE environment leverages Azure secure computing and networking to keep project workspaces separate and enhances this with workflows and an Airlock concept that facilitates the secure transfer of data into and out of the environment.

Yes. Although many research projects start out at Desktop scale analysis with R and Python workflows, we can help you scale up your analysis to cope with large volumes of data by integrating secure HPC, secure Azure Batch and secure AI all within the secure air-gapped workspaces.

Researchers and administrators can select from a wide range of Virtual Machine (VM) types and processing tools appropriate to the nature of the analysis.  Our consultants can help you evaluate these to make the most appropriate decision based on your research use cases.

We provide a full package of training and support around TRE use, ranging from best practices to additional consultancy services to help you integrate the TRE into your existing data management processes. We can provide a full package of Data Science and Research Software Engineering training and support to help your team get the most from your TRE investment.

Yes. The Azure TRE is fully extensible and, as an Open-Source project, is easily adapted to add extra features or dashboards. We can work with you to tailor the TRE to your exact needs.

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