Cloud computing services offer many advantages for information resources: on-demand, self-service provisioning, rapid elasticity, resource pooling, and highly granular resource metering are some examples. Along with traditional on-premise information resources, the Division of Information Technology encourages the consideration of cloud computing services to meet university needs.

However, along with its various advantages, the use of cloud computing services can also expose Texas A&M University to costly risks due to the fundamental nature of the technology involved. No matter where an information resource is hosted—whether on-premise or in a public cloud—information resource owners must continue to ensure that university data is properly managed, that all privacy requirements are met, and that compliance with all relevant standards and regulations is verified.

Defining "Cloud Computing"

The term Cloud Computing is often used in different contexts to mean different things. Particularly when addressing policy and regulations around the use of technology, it is helpful to ensure that we are all using the same meanings to the words we use.

Here at Texas A&M, the term "Cloud Computing" has the meaning described in the National Insitute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-145 

The document continues to describe five essential characteristics of cloud computing services, and three service models through which cloud computing services are delivered to consumers:

  1. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  2. Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  3. Software as a Service (SaaS)

List of Approved Cloud Service Providers

The Division of IT will maintain a list of commercial cloud service providers that have been approved for the purposes of hosting moderate or high impact information resources. This list will specify individual cloud service offerings or products, and the model under which they have been approved (IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS).

Product/Service Name Service Model
Microsoft Azure
(see FedRAMP for details on specific products)    
IaaS, PaaS
Google Cloud Platform
(see FedRAMP for details on specific products)
  IaaS, PaaS, SaaS  
Amazon Web Services
(see FedRAMP for details on specific products)
IaaS, PaaS
ServiceNow SaaS
BlackBoard Learn SaaS

 

To request a vendor be added to this list, email ciso@tamu.edu.