Cloud @ U-M

ITS Cloud Services

ITS offers public cloud computing to the University of Michigan community. The service enables the U-M community to more easily consume public cloud computing. It integrates resources on campus, provides consulting services and training, and looks for opportunities to provide shared services using cloud computing.

U-M Enterprise Agreements & Business Associate Agreements (BAA) with Cloud vendors

U-M has executed Enterprise Agreements and Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) with Amazon (AWS), Microsoft (Azure) and Google (GCP),  and is working with Michigan Medicine Compliance and Information Assurance (IA) on guidance to allow use of the three cloud services for protected health information (regulated by HIPAA) and other sensitive institutional data. Until that work is complete and guidance on use of the services is available, you should not use them to store HIPAA data. Additional information on using these services with other types of sensitive university data will be available on the Safe Computing Sensitive Data Guide in the near future.

Cloud Services offered by Advanced Research Computing - Technology Services (ARC-TS)

  • Yottabyte Research Cloud
    The Yottabyte Research Cloud is a partnership between ARC and Yottabyte that provides U-M researchers with high performance, secure and flexible computing environments enabling the analysis of sensitive data sets restricted by federal privacy laws, proprietary access agreements, or confidentiality requirements.
  • Globus
    Globus is a robust cloud-based file transfer service designed to move many large files, ranging from 10s of GBs to 10s of TBs. ARC-TS is a Globus Provider for the U-M community, which allows some U-M resources to serve as endpoints for file transfers.

Cloud Community of Practice

The Cloud Community of Practice is intended for those interested in the use of cloud-based systems, either as infrastructure (servers, networks, etc. in the cloud) or as services (e.g., prebuilt web services). Cloud vendors will include Amazon, Microsoft and others as interest dictates. The purpose of the group is to provide education through formal presentations, informal discussion and active sharing of information and methods, and to develop an enjoyable interconnected peer group interested in learning about all things cloud with low vendor egoism.