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Join Stanford’s Google Cloud Platform Account for Substantial Savings and Greater Security

Thursday, November 19, 2020

What is Google Cloud Platform?

Google Cloud Platform (GCP), is a suite of cloud computing services that run on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for end-user products like Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, etc. It provides a reliable place to compute and store data and helps developers build, test, and deploy apps. Learn more »

The introduction of cloud computing technology triggered revolutionary changes to the way we conduct business. For Stanford, this means advancements in education, research, training, and professional services.

Under the Cardinal Cloud program, University IT (UIT) offers a number of cloud computing solutions for the Stanford community. With a new Google Cloud Platform (GCP) discount agreement in place, we’re maintaining focus on reducing cost and improving outcomes for all Stanford cloud users.

What’s new?

Through UIT’s recent negotiation efforts, we’re able to bring more affordable, secure, and nimble cloud computing options.

If you’re already part of the GCP enterprise agreement, you’ll notice greater discounts in your portal. If you currently hold a standalone GCP account, you’re missing out on these potential benefits:

  • Reduced costs. Aggregating financial commitments made with the different cloud vendors helps to make cloud computing more affordable for everyone. 
  • Enhanced security. Greater adherence to Stanford’s Minimum Security Standards for cloud-based systems helps to protect sensitive data. 
  • Easy access. Logging into the enterprise account is done by simply using a SUNet ID.
  • A smooth transition. Joining under the university’s enterprise account will not disrupt your currently deployed cloud technologies, limit your efforts, reduce your level of access, or compromise your privacy.
  • Better understanding. Attend training sessions offered by UIT Technology Training or a series of free training opportunities offered by Google

Join the GCP enterprise account

To get started with GCP,  follow the steps listed on the Guide to Stanford GCP Setup page

Learn more

Find out more about Cloud Account Management in UIT, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. 

To learn more about Stanford’s Cloud Transformation Initiative, visit the Cloud Transformation website.

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