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Cloud Computing and Storage Services from Amazon

Amazon Web Services Cloud LogoThe Office of Information Technology is pleased to announce that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now available to all faculty, staff, and students under the terms of a University of California contract.

AWS provides a broad set of on-demand computing resources hosted in the Cloud via a pay-as-you-go pricing model. Services include virtual servers, data storage, databases, analytics, and high-performance computing. UCI’s AWS deployment provides a convenient way to harness the flexibility of cloud services for use in research and instruction.

The UC contract with Amazon provides assurances regarding the security and privacy of university information stored on AWS systems. The terms of this contract have been written to take precedence over AWS posted terms and policies. While AWS is also directly available to individuals, faculty and staff, use of AWS for university activities should be done with accounts governed by the UC contract.

Storage of restricted information in AWS is not appropriate. Please visit the AWS homepage (referenced below) for additional guidance regarding allowable data use and information security requirements. AWS is generally not appropriate for use in the Health Sciences.

Information on getting started with Amazon Web Services is available on the OIT Amazon Web Services homepage: For questions regarding payment or pricing, please refer to: Each AWS account comes with “Basic Support” and access to an AWS Solution Architect who can answer any questions you may have.

Dana Roode
Associate Vice Chancellor & CIO
Office of Information Technology

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