Amazon Web Services (AWS) by Amazon.com is a cloud computing platform that allows for scalable web hosting via its geographically diverse data centers. AWS has a pay-as-you-go pricing model with no upfront investment making it a low-cost, quick alternative to using a physical server farm. Services include data storage, databases, servers, high–performance computing and more. All services are provided with both a point-and-click interface, a suite of powerful API tools and a variety of computing instances which can automatically adjust to your application needs.
Box is a cloud file storage and syncing solution that provides document management, collaboration, and sharing. When sharing files, Box provides many security options, including sharing only with specific users, sharing with all UC Davis users, sharing via a secure and unique link, and public access. Additionally, collaborators can be granted varying levels of access from viewing only to full ownership rights.
UC Davis Canvas is the new campus-wide learning management system (LMS) and is a linchpin of educational technology at UC Davis. The LMS can act to augment lessons that the faculty are providing in lecture, can be used for blended/hybrid courses, or even fully online courses. Instructors use it to organize and present class materials, assign and view homework, assess submissions, provide grades, and mediate communication with their students.
CrashPlan is a cloud backup solution designed for individual users, but administered and secured by UC Davis Information and Educational Technology. CrashPlan backs up data automatically with no user effort or intervention required anywhere your computer has an Internet connection. Users can restore data directly from the CrashPlan application on their computers with the option to choose a specific version of the data from a specific point of time.
DropBox is a file hosting service that offers 2 GB of free space and allows users to pay for additional space. Dropbox is an option often used for collaboration in similar ways to Box.com. Dropbox does not have enterprise–grade security and is not a service currently supported by UC Davis.
Google Apps for Education is a suite of Google applications, including Drive/Docs, Maps, Google+ and more. UC Davis Google Apps are ad-free and include unlimited storage. Departments using Office365 email will not get Gmail in their Google Apps accounts.
UC Davis Google Apps allows multiple users to contribute to a document at the same time.
For more information, see cloud.ucdavis.edu/faq.html
Microsoft Azure represents a number of cloud services, most of which are infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a server (SaaS) providing virtual computers hosting, application services like MSSQL and storage in the cloud, among other services. Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft managed data centers.
Office365 is Microsoft's cloud-based suite of collaboration tools including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive, Office web apps, and Office Pro Plus. The Exchange Online version of Exchange services offers 50 GB of storage per mailbox and at least 100 GB of archive storage. With Office365 licensing, all students, staff and faculty also get access to Lync accounts. Office365 Office Pro Plus allows access to software like Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, as well as OneDrive accounts with 1 TB of storage.
This is for Office 365 Campus Email only. Office365 is Microsoft's cloud-based suite of collaboration tools including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive, Office web apps, and Office Pro Plus. Office365 Exchange Online is the default email service for staff and faculty.
For other Office 365 applications, please see https://cloud.ucdavis.edu/services/office-365-apps
Personal accounts include any account set up in a service that is not under UC Davis contract, even if UC Davis has a contract with the service. Examples include many cloud based storage services, like Evernote, iCloud, SugarSync and so on. This also includes personal Gmail and OneDrive (included in Microsoft Office365), and other accounts outside the UC Davis domain that are not provided or maintained by the university.
Qualtrics Research Suite is a powerful survey tool that is highly customizable and easy to use. With Qualtrics, you can design and distribute surveys, manage the responses, track the participants, and analyze the data, all in an easy-to-navigate, web-based interface.
Salesforce is a customer engagement platform that provides a host of applications to codify and streamline engagement with many types of constituents, track that engagement, and report on it. It also provides a platform used to modify the system to suit your needs, giving it a broad reach and facility in customization and configuration to suit the needs of a client. It is offered under a software as a service (SaaS) business model, and is accessed through a web-based interface. It also has a mobile application to ease engagement away from the desktop.
ServiceNow is an IT service management system that provides a robust suite of applications to automate and streamline IT and business unit operations. ServiceNow is offered under a software as a service (SaaS) business model, and is accessed through a web-based interface that can be easily configured to adapt to a variety of workflow and processes and restrict incident access to relevant groups.
UC Davis uses ServiceNow to manage IT knowledge base information and help requests.
Web technology is always moving! The web development community at UC Davis is pleased to introduce SiteFarm as the next evolution of UC Davis Web Content Management.
This emerging service is a modern content management and web publishing solution. Taking advantage of the design implemented on the UC Davis Home Site, as well as the power of Drupal, SiteFarm will be made available to faculty, staff and IT providers to create great-looking, modern, and easy-to-edit web sites.
Instructors use Smartsite, a learning management system (LMS), to organize course materials including PowerPoint presentations, podcasts, hyperlinks and more into their course sites. Instructors may select from more than two-dozen Sakai tools to include in their course sites such as the Gradebook, Chat Rooms, Tests & Quizzes, Collaborative Wikis and more. Instructors may integrate third-party tools into their course sites including Piazza and McGraw-Hill Campus.