Cloud Computing is composed of infrastructure-, software-, and platform-as-a-service offerings that run by a central, normally-remote, service provider. The UCSB Campus Cloud is a set of cloud services that are coordinated by UCSB providing building-blocks that can be assembled into research, instructional, and administrative applications.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Overview

Amazon Web Service is the largest provider of cloud computing resources with a full set of infrastructure-, platform-, and software-as-a-service offerings. UCSB’s cloud computing strategy includes being “first and best in AWS” and we have invested in building a managed, integrated AWS environment known as a “Landing Zone.”

AWS Landing Zone Account Features

  • Access to the more than 3,000 services offered by AWS
  • Participation in the UC-wide Enterprise Discount Program
  • Guardrails to help avoid configuration errors that could create security vulnerabilities
  • Integration with the campus Single Sign-on service simplifying authentication
  • Centralized audit and network traffic logs providing visibility to UCSB’s security operations center
  • Self-service, integrated networking between AWS accounts and to UCSB
  • Configurable billing alerts
  • Access to Cloudcheckr, a cost-optimization, and compliance-monitoring tool

Getting Started

Visit docs.cloud.ucsb.edu for more information, including instructions on requesting an AWS account. For additional help, including assistance getting started or architectural reviews, please email info@cloud.ucsb.edu.

Special Considerations

Building applications on AWS requires an understanding of cloud-computing architecture and cost structures. Mistakes in design and operation can lead to substantial costs. We strongly recommend that anyone intending to build or manage applications on AWS, at a minimum, complete the free AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials online course.