Penn State Cloud Program

The Cloud Program provides access to cloud-based IT Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for easy and rapid acquisition, development, and scaling of resources. Cloud computing meets users’ needs in a secure manner without the requirement to purchase and maintain physical hardware. The Cloud Program lets you focus on your own services, research, or end users by reducing the administrative and technical debt associated with purchasing, powering, and maintaining servers.

IaaS and PaaS replace up-front infrastructure expenses with low variable costs that scale to your needs. Users no longer need to plan for and procure servers and other IT infrastructure weeks or months in advance. Instead, cloud computing can instantly spin up thousands of servers in minutes to deliver, store, or share data.

For more information visit our support website.

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Low and Moderate (Level 1/Level 2) Data

To request an account for data classified as low or moderate, visit our Cloud Request Form.

High and Restricted (Level 3/Level 4) Data

If you have data that is classified as high or restricted please contact us.


Immersion Days

University-wide training sessions and bootcamps will be hosted by the Cloud Program throughout the year to train users. Topics will range from best practice for cloud computing as well as in-depth immersion sessions into specific areas of interest. Future events will be advertised on the website with additional scheduling and registration information.

Please contact us if you have areas of interest you would like to explore, or have links to content that you feel may benefit the University cloud community.

Learning Resource Network

Boot camps, in-depth immersion sessions, and general overviews into Amazon Web Services (AWS) are offered on the Learning Resource Network.

LinkedIn Learning

All Penn State students, faculty, and staff members have unlimited access to topic specific trainings at LinkedIn Learning covers a wide range of topics to understand cloud computing, AWS, and Azure.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Training

AWS provides an expansive catalog of training options including short videos, hands-on labs, learning paths, and certifications. The entire catalog is free and available online to help you learn AWS fundamentals or sharpen your skills.

AWS also offers free YouTube webinars and training videos for beginners and experts. Visit AWS on YouTube to get information about updates and new features, and learn how to best utilize AWS in your workplace.

QwikLABS offers free AWS training options as well as a range of paid AWS labs for a small fee.

Microsoft Azure Training

Microsoft offers Azure Essentials training to help jump start your Azure learning curve and quickly learn Azure technologies. Visit Microsoft Azure Essentials to access free training, track your progress, and master the skills you need.

Visit Microsoft’s Azure training website to explore additional, free online learning resources, such as courses, guided learning paths, and hands-on labs.

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