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Service Agreement for the MySQL Database Service


This document outlines the "conditions of use" for the MySQL service provided by UIT. Please refer to Stanford University's Administrative Guide Chapter 6, Section 2 for overall university computing policy. The following rules define guidelines and restrictions on the MySQL service.


The MySQL service provided by UIT is a shared general service and is intended for small and medium scale databases. As a shared service, your database usage can impact others and vice versa. This is especially true when it comes to service speed. While we work to make sure the servers can handle normal load and can step in on ongoing problems, occasional spikes in usage cannot be predicted. If you do have high-volume changes for maintenance or other reasons, please consider running them during off-peak hours.

Although the user name and password are encrypted during the authentication, data connections are passed unencrypted. We do not recommend this service for highly secure access to sensitive data. For organizations interested in secure connections, we do provide an SSL tunneling connection. Please see the Learn more: Configuring Stunnel for more information.

Client Responsibilities

All use of university computing resources is governed by the Stanford University's Administrative Guide Chapter 6, Section 2. You must maintain awareness of your responsibilities under the University computing guidelines and policies. We reserve the right to terminate your use of the service should any misuse be discovered.

By signing up for this service, you are assigned a database for which you have full management privileges. You are responsible for your data content, your application, your web publishing presence and secure your account credentials.

It is best practice to purge old data that is no longer needed.  This will help the system be healthy and responsive.

You will be subscribed to automatically to receive general announcements of the service.

Last modified January 18, 2024