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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now available to all faculty, staff, and students under the terms of a University of California contract. (posted August 2014)
Information on getting started with Amazon Web Services is available on the OIT Amazon Web Services homepage: http://www.oit.uci.edu/aws/. For questions regarding payment or pricing, please refer to: http://aws.amazon.com/pricing/. Each AWS account comes with “Basic Support” and access to an AWS Solution Architect who can answer any questions you may have.. For questions regarding payment or pricing, please refer to: http://aws.amazon.com/pricing/. Each AWS account comes with “Basic Support” and access to an AWS Solution Architect who can answer any questions you may have.
AWS provides a broad set of on-demand computing resources hosted in the Cloud via a pay-as-you-go pricing model. Services include virtual servers, data storage, databases, analytics, and high-performance computing. UCI’s AWS deployment provides a convenient way to harness the flexibility of cloud services for use in research and instruction.
The UC contract with Amazon provides assurances regarding the security and privacy of university information stored on AWS systems. The terms of this contract have been written to take precedence over AWS posted terms and policies. While AWS is also directly available to individuals, faculty and staff, use of AWS for university activities should be done with accounts governed by the UC contract.
Storage of restricted information in AWS is not appropriate. Please visit the AWS homepage (referenced below) for additional guidance regarding allowable data use and information security requirements. AWS is generally not appropriate for use in the Health Sciences.
End-of-Life for Windows XP and Office 2003 (posted 09/23/2013)Microsoft's Windows XP and Office 2003 support ends on April 8, 2014
Although the old software will continue to run, using Windows XP and Office 2003 after April 8th will expose your computer and UCI to various security and compliance risks. Although no one knows for sure what will happen, Windows XP could become unusable on the Internet. Contact your departmental computing support office for more information if needed. Read Microsoft's announcement about the Windows XP/Office 2003 end of support
Plan to update your home computer(s) as well.
Microsoft "MCCA" mid term-orders due by May 9th (3/31/2014)This is an annual software subscription contract based on licensing all computer users in a department. This may be the right time for your department or school to enroll. End users should contact their Computing Support Coordinator. Everyone in a school or department must be included.
CSCs, MSOs, or Assistant Deans should consult with Bob Hudack (824-6759) before ordering.
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