The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has signed a contract with Microsoft to be able to provide access to Microsoft Azure cloud resources. Ultimately, the goal is to create a system similar to the current Amazon Web Services at Illinois offering where University staff and researchers can procure Azure resources while staying aligned with the University’s needs. Now that we have a contract in place, Technology Services is currently working through the logistics required to provision Microsoft Azure resources and re-bill through the University. Continue reading
Amazon S3 has been in the news lately:
Top Defense Contractor Left Sensitive Pentagon Files on Amazon Server With No Password
Cloud Leak: How A Verizon Partner Exposed Millions of Customer Accounts
S3’s default configuration does not allow public access to the contents of a bucket, but these stories all feature bucket or object permissions that were open to the world. It’s evident that it’s a common mistake, but how can we avoid it? Continue reading
You can now launch G3 instances, the latest generation of Amazon EC2 Accelerated Compute Instances. G3 instances make it easy to procure a powerful combination of GPU, CPU, and host memory for workloads such as 3D rendering, 3D visualizations, graphics-intensive remote workstations, video encoding, and virtual reality applications. Continue reading
Amazon has opened a call for proposals for the 2017 round of Amazon Research Awards (ARA) in a number of areas, including machine translation, natural language understanding, search, robotics, and more. The program is open to faculty members at academic institutions in North America and Europe and awards up to 80,000 USD in cash and 20,000 USD in AWS promotional credits.
Proposal submissions are accepted until September 15, 2017.
For complete information visit the Amazon Research Rewards webpage. Should you complete a proposal, please contact the Illinois AWS team and make them aware so they can provide support.
We’ll be holding free AWS labs throughout the Fall semester. Here’s the full schedule of dates. Times and locations will be updated when available:
During each lab session, you’ll have your choice of topics:
- AWS 101: Introduction to EC2
- Identity and Access Management
- S3 and CloudFront for content distribution
- Relational Database Service
- Automating AWS with CloudFormation
- Introduction to Lambda
- Building clusters with Alces Flight
- Elastic MapReduce
You may run through multiple labs if time allows. An Amazon solutions architect will be on-site with our local staff to offer technical assistance and discuss cloud topics.
Technology Services will grant you access to a shared AWS account for the lab; you don’t need your own. Computers will be available onsite, though you’re welcome to bring your own laptop if you prefer.
Please register here to reserve your seat.