Ohio State Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides secure, scalable cost-effective computing, storage and database services that faculty and staff can use for things like research projects, web application hosting, archival file storage and administrative Business Intelligence/analytics.

Ohio State users should not sign up for a new AWS account at aws.amazon.com to use for university business. Any AWS account used for university business must be set up through the Ohio State AWS service to comply with university requirements. If you create a new account through aws.amazon.com it must be used solely for personal use; must be tied to a personal email address (e.g. @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, etc) and personal credit card; and cannot store university data.

Request an Account

  1. Review the readiness checklist: https://it.osu.edu/ohio-state-aws-readiness-checklist  
  2. The checklist provides guidance about how to set a budget and get it approved in Workday.
  3. Request the account here: https://go.osu.edu/awsrequests. The checklist will also walk you through this step

Connect with AWS Resources

Ohio State AWS Community Team
Join the Ohio State AWS Community Team using the code “op53dpc”: https://go.osu.edu/awscommunity

Service Offering Details
To learn more about the Ohio State AWS offering view the service offering details. Training materials are available in the AWS section of the Administrative Resource Center.

Ohio State AWS Accounts

The OCIO offers university-configured AWS (also called Ohio State AWS) to faculty and staff for approved university business. Ohio State AWS adds the following features to the standard AWS offering:

  • Integrated billing – your AWS charges will be paid automatically from your Ohio State account;
  • Ohio State name.n and BuckeyePass login to the AWS console;
  • Pre-configured accounts to meet Ohio State requirements;
  • Access to support specialists within AWS;
  • …and much more! Take a look at our service comparison chart for full details.

Explore and Learn

In addition to training materials available in the AWS section of the Administrative Resource Center, Amazon has published extensive information about AWS. The resources below represent a handful of key locations to use and bookmark:

  1. Ohio State AWS: Successful Six
  2. AWS Training and Education Options
  3. AWS Getting Started
  4. AWS Service Documentation 
  5. What’s New with AWS
  6. Future Research on AWS
  7. High Performance Computing on AWS
  8. Imagine: Campus on a Cloud
  9. Explore AWS Educate


Security Matters

Ohio State AWS account owners are responsible to work closely with their local IT and Security Coordinators to protect the use of university data in AWS.

Key References

Key Resources

Ohio State has a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with Amazon, which means Amazon Web Services now meets security requirements for HIPAA data. Users must follow our security policies for protecting HIPAA information.


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Upcoming Events

Weekly Office Hours


Date: 1st Thursday of each month
Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Pelotonia Research Center Lobby

Date: 3rd Thursday of each month
Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.  
Location: Research Commons - 3rd floor of the 18th Ave Library 

Every Tuesday 
Time: 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Online

Online consultation sessions are 30-minutes maximum, by appointment. These consultations are available only to current Ohio State employees. To access the appointment page and sign up, enter your Ohio State username and password at https://go.osu.edu/awsofficehours.

AWS Events and Webinars

AWS Online Tech Talks 
Online presentations led by AWS solutions architects and engineers. AWS Online Tech Talks cover a range of topics and expertise levels, and feature technical deep dives, demonstrations, customer examples, and live Q&A with AWS experts.

AWS hosts events, both online and in-person, bringing the cloud computing community together to connect, collaborate, and learn from AWS experts.


Stay Connected

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