Web, Data, and Servers

MIT Cloud Accounts

IS&T manages MIT's enterprise agreements with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure. By obtaining and managing accounts for these cloud computing platforms through IS&T, MIT community members simplify their billing while gaining access to a higher level of technical support than is otherwise available to individual customers. The MIT Cloud Accounts portal provides community members with an easy way to request and manage AWS, GCP, and Azure accounts, while providing helpful reporting on billing and usage.

Virtual Computer Labs

Virtual Computer Labs are available to faculty, instructors, and Department, Lab, and Center (DLC) IT support providers for deployment as virtual Athena Ubuntu 18.0.4 or Windows 10 machines for an MIT class of up to 100 students for the duration of a single academic term.

NOTE: This service is in beta. Virtual Labs will be provisioned on a first come first served basis. During this beta period, IS&T may not be able to accommodate all requests immediately if demand exceeds expectations.

Server Co-location

IS&T Data Centers provide MIT departments, labs, and centers (DLCs) an environmentally secure location for housing your servers and related equipment. Your servers will be provided with rack space, power, cooling, and network connectivity.

Lockers

An Athena locker is a directory (aka: folder) on the Athena filesystem. IS&T creates lockers for official MIT courses, UROP projects, student living groups, ASA recognized student activities and MIT organizations (including administrative offices, academic departments, programs, and lab or research groups).

LDAP Directory

MIT's LDAP Directory Service (ldap.mit.edu) is MIT's implementation of the standard LDAP protocol for providing directory services. It provides access to user and group membership information sourced from Moira and updated in real time, allowing application developers or administrators looking to integrate their applications with MIT's enterprise data.

As an example, wikis.mit.edu (based on Atlassian Confluence) makes use of the LDAP service for user lookups.

Backup (Computer Backup)

Data is the most important aspect of your computer. Computer hardware can fail, data can be corrupted, computers can be lost, stolen, or destroyed. You may be able to reinstall operating systems and applications, but your original data could be lost forever. Data backup software can help you protect and restore your data when something goes wrong. IS&T provides two service offerings at no charge to students, faculty, and staff for data backup:

  • Desktops and laptops: CrashPlan PROe
  • Enterprise servers:┬áTivoli Storage Manager (TSM)

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