Many of the cloud platform providers have created programs offering grants for research on COVID-19. Below are links to several offerings and a reminder about the best way to use credits at the university.
AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative (DDI):
Microsoft AI for Health Grant:
GCP COVID-19 Research Grants:
C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute:
If you have received cloud platform service credits as part of a gift or grant, the Technology Services Cloud Platform Team can help apply them to your university Amazon Web Services, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform accounts.
By using a university account instead of a personal account, you gain the following benefits:
- Protection from potential conflict of interest or inappropriate use of university property
- Access to the university’s negotiated HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) to allow higher levels of sensitive data to be stored in the cloud platform
- Access to higher levels of technical support and design assistance
- Costs that go above the usage credits are billed to a university account number instead of a personal credit card
It is best to contact the Cloud Platform Team before applying the credits to your personal account. If you already have a personal account, we can work with you to transfer it into the university’s system.
AWS Support: email@example.com
Azure Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
GCP Support: email@example.com
Join us at noon on January 9, 2020 at EnterpriseWorks for the next Cloud Computing Platform User Group (planning) Meeting.
Happy New Year!
As everyone returns to work and or school from break, we want to take the opportunity to use the normal January meeting slot as an open planning session. We will reflect on the fall meetings and discuss future speakers, topics, and opportunities. If you would like to be more involved in curating and promoting this community, this is the meeting for you!
Join us at noon on December 12, 2019 at EnterpriseWorks for the next Cloud Computing Platform User Group Meeting.
Dave Iffland will present on: Five Failures: Sometimes Things Just Don’t Work Out
Join us at noon on November 14, 2019 at EnterpriseWorks for the next Cloud Computing Platform User Group Meeting.
Paul Thornhill will present on: Working Through a Data Model; A Case Study
Amazon re:Invent was held last week in Las Vegas. We saw a lot of exciting announcements, some expected and some more surprising. Amazon has the major launches detailed here:
For our campus usage, I’m most excited about these:
- Fargate – makes containers easier than ever before.
- ECS for Kubernetes – allows container management with Kubernetes, which may be how you’re already doing it.
- Hibernation for Spot Instances – don’t lose your work if you get outbid.
- New Spot Pricing Model – smooths out spot market pricing to avoid sudden surprises.
- Aurora Serverless – auto-scale database capacity, even down to zero (with a quick scale-up when you need it again)
- DynamoDB Backups – I can get rid of the scripts I wrote to back up DynamoDB; they don’t work as well as the new service.
- Comprehend – process spoken language.
- Translate – translate between spoken languages.
- SageMaker – machine learning made easy.
- Inter-Region VPC Peering – we’re evaluating how we can make the UOFI Active Directory available in regions outside us-east-2.
- PrivateLink – access private services without advanced VPC configuration.
- GuardDuty – use AWS’ behind-the-scenes machine learning to alert on unexpected behavior within your account.