AggieCloud

Enhance your experience, streamline your billing, save money, and increase your cloud account security by using AggieCloud

AggieCloud is designed to help researchers and administrators quickly procure cloud accounts, infrastructure, products, and services while providing added value to the University. This value is provided in four key areas:

AggieCloud is currently in closed beta within IET. If you're interested in learning more about how AggieCloud can help your department/unit, please reach out to iet-cloud-services@ucdavis.edu.

Billing & Provisioning

We smooth out the billing and provisioning of cloud accounts, consolidating related financial entities into simplified billing families. Further, this service allows you to pay for AWS charges via recharge billing to a local UC Davis accounting source instead of being invoiced monthly by Amazon. Benefits include:

  • Automatic billing against a UC Davis funding source; one funding source per account

  • Protection against continuity-of-service interruptions due to unpaid / misrouted bills

  • Membership in the UC-wide AWS agreement limiting liability

  • Automatic participation in data egress discount pricing

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Discount

Accounts under the AggieCloud get to take part in the UC-wide enterprise discount program, providing a discount on all services provided by AWS. This discount was negotiated for a certain few accounts at each university, and all accounts under this program get to take part in the discount.

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Security

IET engages with AggieCloud clients to help them protect the integrity of their data and research. As part of our core security model, accounts that are part of AggieCloud enjoy the following security enhancements out-of-box:

  • User authentication through the uConnect Active Directory service

  • Single sign-on to cloud accounts

  • DUO multi-factor authentication for each user account

We are also iterating in partnership with campus Information Security Office to further enhance client security. These will be beta-tested with members on an opt-in basis, then rolled out to all members via the Service Catalog to allow them to add onto their accounts if they so choose. Our goals are to:

  • Work to establish clear lines of accountability with your unit as required by the UCOP Electronic Information Security policy.

  • Provide compliance pathways for the diverse suite of cloud services as required by the UCOP policy

  • Develop security-minded product lines to make available to members via the Service Catalog.

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Services

The AggieCloud provides access to the catalog of special services built atop cloud resources that can be spun up by clients on-demand. Some of these services include:

  • A highly-secure, NIST 800-171-certified computing environment for sensitive data workloads

  • Research environments for graduate students and postdocs looking for quick access to cloud computers pre-provisioned with standard data analysis tools (R, Python, Jupyter, etc.)

  • Reference architecture templates shared publicly with managed deployment available to members as part of an enhanced Service Catalog.

  • Security auditing tools to help the unit’s account administrator mitigate common security issues.

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Community of Practice

IET has set up various channels of communication and partnerships with campus units to facilitate communication and add to our collective expertise with the cloud:

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More information

For more information, please reach out to iet-cloud-services@ucdavis.edu or find us on the #cloud-computing slack channel.

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