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Guidance Table on Appropriate Cloud Services

  Type of University Information
Cloud Option (definition) Public Protected Restricted Reserved
Public Cloud
(Public cloud applications, storage, and other resources are made available to the general public by a service provider. These services are free or offered on a pay-per-use model. Generally, public cloud service providers like Amazon AWS, Microsoft, DropBox and Google own and operate the infrastructure and offer access only via Internet)
Yes No No No
Professional/Community Cloud
(This option shares infrastructure between several organisations from a specific community with common concerns (research, compliance, jurisdiction, etc.), whether managed internally or by a third-party and hosted internally or externally.)
Yes Yes No No
Use of professional and community Cloud is permitted for lower risk University information but adequate assurances around data confidentiality and security are required
Private Cloud
(This is cloud infrastructure with separate areas for each customer under a dedicated contract, whether managed internally or by a third-party and hosted internally or externally. An example of this is the Microsoft live@edu email service used by the University)
Yes Yes Yes Yes

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