Cloud computing in higher education

Whether your focus is teaching and learning, better management of your university’s operations, or access to high-performance computing for research projects, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a solution. Instructors, students, researchers, IT staff, and administrators can quickly and affordably access compute, storage, and application services in the classroom, research lab, data center, or anywhere on campus.

What is Cloud Computing?


Efficient Campus-wide IT Management

On-demand services help IT teams build secure environments for mission-critical applications, freeing them to focus on student success.

Learn more »

Big Return on Big Data

Easily build, deploy, and operate big data solutions that support predictive analytics, retention efforts, and student engagement.

Learn more »

Pay for Only What You Need

Reduce costs with the AWS pay-as-you-go model. Your institution can plan for growth or increased seasonal demand.

Learn more »

Faster Time to Research

The AWS Cloud accelerates research timelines by letting you spend less time building infrastructure and more time on science.

Learn more »

Alexa for higher education

Alexa for higher education

With Alexa, students can get more from their time at college by making it easier to find out about events, connect with professors, and access resources – all without having to open their computers. Alexa is also making it easier for professors to manage their classrooms and helping visitors navigate campus and learn about the school. 


Amazon WorkSpaces in education

Amazon WorkSpaces in education

Amazon WorkSpaces is a cloud-based, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that helps higher education institutions give students and instructors consistent access to teaching and learning software on their own devices.

Whitepaper: Reaching for the cloud

Whitepaper: Reaching for the Cloud

The journey to the cloud is about far more than better technology delivery. It should also transform how IT addresses student and staff needs for teaching and learning, research, and other campus initiatives. In this whitepaper, authored by Ovum, learn about higher education's journey to leveraging the transformative power of cloud technology.

Use cases

  • Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity
  • Data Analytics & Management
  • Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity
  • Disaster recovery & business continuity

    Unexpected events can have longstanding business and reputational impact, particularly for organizations that house complex systems. To help ensure your systems are secure and redundant, AWS offers tools to build disaster recovery and business continuity protocols, so that you can protect your organization without incurring the expense of another physical site.

    Disaster recovery & business continuity

    On-demand Security Webinars

    Data is your organization’s most strategic asset – making safeguarding it a priority. Federal agencies, educational institutions, nonprofits, and state and local governments must keep their data secure, available, and safe from threats, such as natural disasters and cyber attacks.

    Learn more »

    Ebook: Backup and Restore with AWS

    This eBook provides high-level business benefits of backing up data to AWS, instead of using traditional backup strategies that involve maintaining tape libraries and/or secondary failover sites.

    Download eBook »

    Risk Mitigation Strategies in Disaster Recovery Planning

    Learn how to build disaster resilience into every application for business continuity, security, and support for instant failover, and high availability in disaster recovery scenarios.

    Watch video »

  • Data Analytics & Management
  • Data analytics & management

    With the most complete data management platform and numerous partner solutions, AWS can help optimize the entire lifecycle of your data, including collection, ingestion, processing, analytics, short-term storage, and archiving. We also provide sophisticated capabilities to support real-time streaming and analytics, petabyte-scale warehousing, business intelligence tools, and machine learning. 

    Data analytics and management

    Data Lakes and Analytics on AWS

    AWS-powered data lakes can handle the scale, agility, and flexibility required to combine different types of data and analytics approaches to gain deeper insights.

    Learn more »

    Blog: An Educator’s Guide to Getting Started on AWS

    Whether you are looking for best practices for using the AWS Cloud, or want to take advantage of discounts earned through the service, our complete AWS for Education video series aims to serve your administrative cloud needs.

    Learn more »

    Blog: Using Data in Education - Four Steps to Success

    Educators are increasingly adopting data analytics to understand and address gaps in education. AWS’s “Four Steps to Success” offers a high-level guide for leaders seeking to adopt new tools to make better use of the data they are collecting.

    Learn more »

Our customers

AWS is helping higher education institutions around the world improve security, save money, analyze data, and provide equitable access to learning resources.

Learn more »

Never miss an update: Join our mailing list

Would you like to receive updates about higher education resources, news, and events from AWS?
Sign up to stay up to date on what's new with AWS in higher education.

Get started

Higher education institutions of all types and sizes rely on AWS. Contact our experts and start your own AWS Cloud journey today.