Assistance with cloud computing for research
Research Cyberinfrastructure can consult with researchers (& their IT support) use Cloud technologies (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud).
In close collaboration with the public cloud team, they can consult with you on what is possible, best practices and technologies for your research project. They can also help you navigate security and compliance considerations, if you have them. They can also engage with your department to discuss pros and cons of cloud technologies compared to relative to your current departmental IT strategy and offerings.
Lastly, they are also seeking to gather feedback on how cloud computing can enable researchers, as well as when it’s not a good fit, and where we can help you be able to focus more on research and less on technology. We would welcome discussion and feedback on these services as well as challenges and unmet needs.
Working with Departmental IT
Public Cloud platforms are supported by UW Cloud Services, a CIO-sponsored initiative to deliver public cloud computing services to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and departments. These offerings focus on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) in the form of AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
We recommend you contact your local departmental IT staff for guidance on usage within your unit or department. The UW has many excellent existing computing & storage offerings, often specialized to a given discipline. Public cloud is not the best solution for all needs, but we are happy help with the "wayfinding" and analysis regarding technology options. Additionally, some IT departments have support resources who are more hands-on with cloud accounts and use.
Regardless of the solution you chose, the team is interested in understanding how the university wants to leverage these services and in any feedback you have, so that we can share the feedback with our vendors & peers in higher education, and to improve our services.