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Public Cloud Services

Northwestern has agreements with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure to provide discounted cloud hosting options for Northwestern faculty and staff.

These services provide for a different level of scalability, redundancy, and manageability than University Data Center hosted services.


Amazon Web Services

Northwestern provides access to Amazon Web Services via the Internet2 NET+ AWS offering. 


Microsoft Azure

Northwestern provides access to Microsoft Azure via a direct agreement with Microsoft.


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Public cloud services offer a pay-as-you-go model, meaning you are billed for what you consume on a monthly basis.

How to Request Service

New Account Requests: Please fill out the Public Cloud Account Request Form. Depending on the nature of the request, an account can be provisioned in as little as one business day. You are responsible for paying all monthly invoices for your Public Cloud Account(s). You must set up a blanket purchase order annually to our provider to pay the monthly invoices.

Service Levels

Upon receipt of the completed request form, Northwestern IT will provision a new account for you. While Northwestern IT will maintain the root credentials of the account, you will be granted full administrative access and be responsible for all charges (via purchase order).

Northwestern IT will also pre-configure some services within the account for security and administrative purposes, such as additional logging and single-sign on access to the admin console using your NetID.



Last Updated: 14 February 2020

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