Comparison between Hosting Options

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Physical Hosting

Virtual Hosting

On-Premise Cloud Computing (Nebula)

Cloud Computing (AWS) 

Client pays for up-front hardware purchase

yes

no

no

no

Client pays month-by-month for server usage

no

yes

no

yes

Client pays for operating-system licensing for Windows or Red Hat Linux

yes

no

yes

yes

Managed services are available from ITS

yes

yes

yes

yes

Appropriate for restricted data
(credit cards)

no

no

no

no

Appropriate for restricted data
(other than credit cards)

yes

yes

no

see deployment guidance

Appropriate for confidential data

yes

yes

no

see deployment guidance

Physical location of hardware

UCSC

SDSC

UCSC

SDSC

UCSC

SDSC (planned)

varies

Uses UCSC network-address space

yes

yes

yes

yes

(with CNAME)

Redundant hardware

depends

yes

no

depends

More information:

Information sensitivity: how to identify "confidential" and "restricted" information

Security controls for each level of information sensitivity (how to proect "confidential" or "restricted" information)