What is Enterprise Cloud Services?

Enterprise Cloud Services (ECS) is Emory University’s preferred and recommended cloud service for enterprise applications. The service provides application owners a cloud platform within Amazon Web Services (AWS) to build and run their applications with central IT support.

Two years ago, we started a project called the Cloud Infrastructure Migration Planning (CIMP) Project. It was created to design a process for migrating IT services to AWS. The resulting services from that project are now called Enterprise Cloud Services.

Comparing Emory’s AWS Offerings

Currently, Emory has a trio of AWS service suites: Emory Cloud Services, AWS at Emory, and the LITS Sandbox. Let’s look at the differences between them.

Enterprise Cloud Services and AWS at Emory are both approved for sensitive data, however ECS accesses Emory through 10G network connections, while AWS at Emory uses VPN. ECS provides LITS-managed/architected services such as logging, monitoring, backups, patching, instance scheduling and more. The target use cases are enterprise applications and LITS-managed applications.

AWS at Emory is targeted to researchers and self-sufficient IT departments, such as Emory Libraries’ digital library program.

The LITS Sandbox accounts allow teams to perform experimenting and learning while setting up their services to be in the cloud. This also offers the experience of managing cost for a service.

All of these services require a speedtype.

You can learn more about these services at these websites:

What is the Landing Zone?

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The Landing Zone

The Landing Zone is a collection of accounts that reside in AWS that have been architected to support LITS applications, especially enterprise applications. Emory has three account series: HIPAA, Shared, and Standard. Shared accounts are those that share services with other applications in the zone.

The region is where AWS physically houses the equipment used for our account. Our main region is in Virginia, while our backup region is in Ohio.

While we share our region with other accounts, virtual private clouds (VPC) are the cloud spaces specifically for Emory. Within them are availability zones and subnets within which we manage our services.

How can I learn more?

Cloud computing is a complex yet fascinating field. If you have any interest in learning more, now is the time to join the ECS User Community. Simply go to our community website (community.enterprisecloudservices.emory.edu) and take a look at the free training options.

We offer classes for every level of interest, from beginner (series 100) to more advanced users (series 200 and 300). There are classes starting next week. Here’s the schedule:

  • Monday, Sep 14, 1:00-3:00 pm: ECS 201 – Landing Zone Overview
  • Wednesday, Sep 16, 1:00 – 3:00 pm: ECS 202 – IAM Roles & Policies
  • Monday, Sep 21, 1:00 – 3:00 pm: ECS 203 – Traffic Flows, Security Groups, & Firewalls
  • Wednesday, Sep 23, 1:00 – 3:00 pm: ECS 204 – Data Encryption
  • Monday, Sep 28, 1:00-3:00 pm: ECS 205 – High Availability & Data Protection
  • Wednesday, Sep 30, 1:00-3:00pm: ECS 206 – Logging & Monitoring
  • Monday, Oct 5, 1:00-3:00pm: ECS 207 – Cost Management

If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me at paul [dot] petersen [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Register today for LEAP! 2020

Rich Mendola and the PATH Committee extend a warm invitation to attend the second-annual LITS Employee Appreciation Party (LEAP!), to be held on September 24 from 1:30 to 2:45 pm.

LEAP! is our opportunity to honor our LITS colleagues with awards for outstanding service and significant contributions. While we are disappointed not to be meeting in person, our committee has worked hard to pull together a virtual event that will be creative, fun and inspiring.

We have received a record number of 90 Significant Contribution Award nominations this year, and there are many of us celebrating service milestones, from 5 years all the way up to 45 years. Please come and be part of this celebration that recognizes those receiving awards, but also pays tribute to everyone in the LITS division who has worked harder than ever to keep our division strong in these times of uncertainty.

Please register now for LEAP! We look forward to seeing you on September 24.

To register, go https://emorylib.info/2020LEAP.

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Announcing the DEI Fall Film Festival

The DEI Committee invites you to the DEI Fall Film Festival.

Please join us for the first film, Change the Subject, which will take place on September 24 at 7:00 pm. The film will be accompanied by SLACK DEI- Channel chat. We will then have a film discussion via Zoom on September 25 at 11:00 am.

You’re welcome to just attend the viewing, if you can’t make it to the discussion, or just come to the discussion if you want to watch the film on your own. You can watch the film now here: Change the Subject Film

Please also save the date for Good Trouble, which will be shown on October 22 at 7:00 pm. Again, you will be able to chat live on our Slack channel and we encourage you to join the Zoom discussion on October 23 at 11:00 am.

You must register to participate. Please sign up here. We ask that you please sign-up by September 21 at midnight.

We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

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Constitution Day social media challenge scheduled for next week

National Constitution Day, the day that commemorates the signing of the Constitution, is Thursday, September 17. On that day, members of the Emory community and beyond will reexamine the Reconstruction-era Amendments that extended civil and legal protections to formerly enslaved people.

Join the Conversation on the Lift Every Voice Twitter page or create your own posts using the hashtags:

  • #Constitution
  • #EmoryConstitutionDay
  •  #LiftEveryVoice

Original posts could include:

  • Video readings of the 13th, 14th, or 15th Amendments
  • Posting historical documents related to the Reconstruction Amendments

All participants will be eligible to win project t-shirts, buttons, and stickers.

Lift Every Voice 2020 is a year-long public history project to illuminate the rich history of Reconstruction in order to deepen understandings of how African Americans envisioned citizenship for themselves and how they worked to bring these dreams to life. The project was originally conceived by the late Dr. Pellom McDaniels III, and began with his idea that Reconstruction was “a time of great possibility.”  The project has continued in the hopes that his vision will continue to spark conversations about this important period in history and its legacies today.

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LITS recent headlines and upcoming events

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Recent LITS headlines:

Upcoming LITS events:

(go HERE for more information for each event)

  • Sept 4 – Oct 4AJC Decatur Book Festival: Link
  • September 16LEAF Virtual Coffee: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Zoom link
  • September 17IT Briefing: 10:15 am – noon, Zoom link
  • September 17Constitution Day Social Media Challenge: All day, Link
  • September 24PATH LEAP event: 1:30 – 2:45 pm, Registration
  • September 25Faculty Town Hall: 12:00 – 1:00 pm, TBD
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New article honors the life and times of Pellom McDaniels III

Emory Libraries honored Pellom McDaniels III this week with an interactive article that showcases his life and scholarly contributions. Written by Maureen McGavin and designed by Norman Hulme, with input from the  Rose Library and from Advancement & Alumni Relations, “Lifting Every Voice” puts into perspective his magnificent impact on Emory and the larger world.

“This immersive story about Pellom helps us fully appreciate all that he accomplished,” said Leslie Wingate, director of CCR.

“Pellom’s gift was that he always saw the possibility and the opportunity,” said Rose Library director Jennifer Gunter King. “His interest was in making the connections happen, making the collections meaningful, finding partners, exploring the possibilities, and really giving life to ideas.”

Included in the article are links to a series of events honoring Pellom during the Decatur Book Festival. The first event, hosted by the Rose Library, is a Film and Creativity Conversation: “Flash Here and There Like Falling Stars: The Life and Work of Dr. Pellom McDaniels III,” to be held Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. To register, go to this link.

Additionally, there will be a Lifting Every Voice tribute series about Pellom which you can see here.

To read the article in its entirety, go to the Emory Report.

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Enterprise Cloud Services announces new community site

This week the Cloud Advisory Group launched the Enterprise Cloud Services (ECS) Community website.  Enterprise Cloud Services is a new cloud offering from LITS that provides a managed cloud environment perfect for enterprise applications. The new website features access to the community events calendar, several options for free training, and the latest news related to the service.

As part of the site launch, the Cloud Advisory Group has sponsored a series of free classes that start later this month. These classes have been designed for teams supporting on-premise applications and infrastructure that will migrate to Enterprise Cloud Services. Information and registration for these classes is available through the new site:


If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me at: paul [dot] petersen [at] emory [dot] edu.

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