Cloud Services

Cloud Services

Michigan State has a university-wide agreement for self-managed cloud services for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. These agreements provide the MSU community with discounted rates, enhanced security, and improved terms and conditions for faculty, staff, and departmental use. To begin using these services, a cloud services request form should be submitted.

These cloud services offer exceptional compute power, database storage, content delivery, and other functionality for scalability and growth. Solutions include high reliability, low-cost, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (Paas) to fill a range of needs including basic servers, long-term data storage, mobile application development, and storing and analyzing large volumes of data. Benefits include:

  • Enterprise agreements providing optimized terms and protections, accessibility and performance standards.
  • Simple and efficient enterprise control framework to ease user and department account provisioning.
  • Substantial improvements to data transfer and access with no costs for inbound data.
  • Seamless single sign-on with MSU NetID credentials.
  • A direct connection providing advanced capabilities for direct data transfer to the cloud.
  • Discount thresholds automatically provided.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS includes enhancements to support enterprise usage and broad adoption across campus and provides significant technical and procurement benefits. Features included:

  • Increasing discounts of 3-5%, based on community usage.
  • Detailed and granular billing with a variety of payment options provides visibility to campus AWS usage.
  • 100Gb/s of privately peered capacity.
  • Use of InCommon credentials with the DLT Portal to request and transfer AWS accounts.

Microsoft Azure (MS Azure)

MS Azure is ideal for departments and units primarily using Microsoft products and offers connection via MSU’s CampusAD.