Student accounts are very limited.
Student accounts are very limited. They are designed to develop applications and host them, but forget the possibility of incorporating virtual machines and test the universe of the big data.
Keri King commented
Or testing on comparative technology solutions. For example.. Testing Windows OS against Unix, or Mac OS and reporting actual data might be useful not only for the companies, but would make a great thesis! There's so much hype surrounding operating systems, but very little actual evidence to back up any of it. It's all generational fans that have passed down their product preference to their children without knowing much about the actual technology. Other uses, sand boxing/lab environments for reverse engineering possibly malicious code, experimenting with machine learning, learning/testing how to properly secure multiple cloud environments...there are countless uses that could benefit technology as a whole.