Why is this important to me?
If you manage a service and plan to outsource one, or are already, and the service will house key university data regarding students, staff, faculty, finances or research, you need to read the remainder of the guide.
Cloud computing, shared services, vendor hosted solutions are becoming more common in information technology and often bring advances in capability and capacity to organizations. BUT, they bring challenges as well. What we, as University of Alaska departments and organizations, once controlled exclusively, now involve relationships that need management to insure they work effectively and that the best interests of the University are managed well. Failure to properly understand and manage cloud computing relationships can result in significant institutional and individual liability, including criminal charges. It is essential that you seek review of any contract or agreement for cloud computing services as outlines in this document.