Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a cloud services platform. This platform can be used for virtual computing power, storage, servers, databases, analytics, and more.
Researchers often use AWS for secure, flexible, and on-demand computing processing, data storage, cluster computing, machine learning, and data archives. It can also be used for more public-facing database interfaces, web services, analytical reports, and collaborations with other institutions.
LMU researchers have the following two AWS options:
LMU has a hosted AWS account that provides discounted services for large or ongoing research projects. AWS Enterprise accounts are a contracted service individual groups or units at LMU can purchase and use. Associated fees are the responsibility of the department purchasing AWS. LMU ITS is responsible for the maintenance and oversight of the Enterprise Agreement, which includes the monthly reclassification of AWS Institution Enterprise charges back to account holders whose service consumption generates those charges.
If you are a faculty member at LMU and need services beyond what AWS Educate provides, please take a look at the steps below to begin the process of establishing an AWS Institutional account through LMU.
LMU is an Amazon Web Service Educate Institution. All faculty, staff and, students are eligible for AWS Educate accounts through this program, which provide free credit. Educate provides public cloud products and services for faculty and academic researchers to utilize for teaching and learning and includes open source curated content, training resources, collaboration tools and a community of cloud users to engage with.
AWS Educate accounts are an agreement between the end user and AWS. LMU ITS does not have access to these accounts. Support can be obtained through forums and email to AWS, or purchased from AWS.
Which option is best for me?
|Account Type||Amazon Institution Enterprise Account||AWS Educate Account||AWS Educate Student Account|
Grant funded projects
Ongoing research projects
Faculty who want to explore AWS features
Small one-time research projects
Students who want to explore AWS use
|Pricing||AWS Credits (you must renew annually)
$200 in AWS credits per educator at member institutions
|AWS Credits (student must renew annually)
AWS Account - Credit/Debit card required: $100 in credits at member institutions
AWS Educate Starter Account: No card required $75 in credits at member institutions. Account locks after depletion of credits.
|Added Benefits||AWS Enterprise Support||AWS Training
Free access to labs
Free AWS Technical Essentials eLearning course
50% off instructor-led training provided by AWS in the US, Brazil or Japan
50% off AWS certification programs
Free access to AWS content for classes
Free access to content contributed by leading educators
Educator Collaboration Portal access
Virtual and in-person events
Contribute and rate content
Private and public discussion forums
Provide feedback on AWS Educate
Access to AWS Technical Essentials Training Course (a $600 value)
Free access to labs
Ability to select personalized learning pathway with 30+ hours of content per path
Earn digital badges that showcase cloud skills
Free access to AWS content for homework, labs, or self-study
Student Portal access
Student portfolio to store projects in one place
Access to Job Board and job postings
What Do I Do Next?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for consultation, to determine the scope of your research or teaching needs. We will help guide you through the decision-making process to understand which AWS environment is right for you.
Option 1: LMU-Hosted AWS - You must provide a department budget number to establish an account. Establishing an account includes your authorization for ITS to charge back the stated departmental budget for any account-related use charges.
- Step 1: After consultation with Research Services, contact
- Step 2: Acknowledgement and commitment to the appropriate use and payment terms of AWS services by reviewing and signing security and policy agreements.
- Step 3: ITS Creates your AWS Account
- Step 4: ITS notifies you of AWS Account Activation and any onboarding processes
Option 2: AWS Education - To sign up for an account, visit this page
But Wait, There's More!
Did you know that AWS provides Cloud Credits for Research? Visit this page to learn more. If this is of interest, please email email@example.com for support before submitting your application. Also, you must use an LMU-Hosted AWS account with this program.