The Cloud Account Management service provides simplified ordering and provisioning of a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) or Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud account, as well as account and billing management.
Cloud platforms such as AWS and GCP support the Stanford research community through the delivery of online services including servers, storage, computing power, and content delivery. University IT (UIT) has established relationships with Amazon and Google in order to provide favorable terms and pricing for our clients.
Cloud account management allows you to easily request and create an environment on AWS or GCP under Stanford’s enterprise agreement.
Once created, you can access the full range of AWS or GCP services and begin purchasing and using the services that you need directly from those vendors.
Each cloud provider offers different services. By using this process to create an Amazon account, you will be included in Stanford's enterprise agreement with Amazon Web Services, which provides the following benefits:
- Improved security, privacy and audit protections
- FERPA-specific protections
- Longer net-payment terms (45 days)
- Longer termination and change notification lead-time
- Data recovery: guaranteed 30 days to retrieve data in case of an unintentionally terminated account
Review the cloud provider information for details about what is available for you to purchase and use.
AWS accounts are available to faculty, staff and students with a valid PTA.
GCP projects are available to faculty, staff and students with a valid PTA.
The most notable difference between the two cloud providers is the designated data security for each provider. Carefully review the information as described below.
Security for AWS
AWS is suitable for Low, Moderate and High Risk Data, but NOT Protected Health Information (PHI) as classified by the Information Security Office. Clients with PHI data requirements should review the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Service that is approved for use with PHI.
AWS is authorized for use with High Risk Data ONLY when the project is in compliance with the Minimum Security Standards and any other regulatory requirements, and a Data Risk Assessment is completed. By submitting a request for an AWS account, you agree to adhere to the Minimum Security Standards for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Containerized Solutions and the Administrative Guide Section 6.3.1: Information Security.
Security for GCP
GCP is suitable for Low, Moderate and High Risk Data. Some Google Cloud Platform service offerings are able to include Protected Health Information (PHI) under the Stanford Business Associate Agreement (BAA), but not all.
GCP is authorized for use with High Risk Data and PHI ONLY when the project is in compliance with the Minimum Security Standards and any other regulatory requirements and a Data Risk Assessment is completed. By submitting a request for a GCP project, you agree to adhere to the Minimum Security Standards for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Containerized Solutions and the Administrative Guide Section 6.3.1: Information Security.
To request an AWS or GCP account, please submit the appropriate Help request.
To request help, submit the appropriate Help ticket.
Amazon Web Services:
Google Cloud Platform:
To learn more about Stanford’s Cloud Transformation Initiative, visit the Cloud Transformation website.