Amazon Web Services (AWS)

What is Amazon Web Services (AWS) Self-Service Portal?

DGIT has configured a self-service portal version of Amazon Web Services (AWS) which enables you, the user, to deploy preconfigured AWS services, on-demand, that meet UCLA Health compliance requirements.

The self-service portal offers:

  • Linux Servers (CPU & GPU)
  • RStudio Server
  • Jupyter Notebook (SageMaker)
  • Mathworks Matlab (GUI)
  • S3 Storage (Object storage)

Access type:

  • Staff provided
  • On request
  • Fee-based, dependent on group needs

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Security and Data Protection
  • AWS is HIPAA-compliant to ensure security and reliability in all projects


  • Cost of use is dependent on the server and storage needs along with a baseline for use of the HIPAA-compliant platform
  • Direct billing to teams, no inter-department recharge tracking necessary
  • For a break-down, check out our DGIT AWS cost sample PDF


  • Servers and storage available on demand with ability to change specifications as needed within minutes
  • Access to install software without need for IT involvement
  • Reduced barrier for entry to leverage cloud computing by using pre-configured templates



Service frequently asked questions

How much does the AWS service cost?


  • The costs for data services vary on a case-by-case basis and depend largely on your needs. 
  • To get an idea of cost, visit our DGIT AWS Cost Sample PDF.
  • Don’t worry—we’ll provide a detailed cost estimate before you commit to a project.
How is this different from the campus AWS service offering?


DGIT's AWS is:

  • HIPAA-compliant
  • Restricted to specific services and pre-configured templates
  • Lower barrier for entry in terms of "cloud" knowledge

Campus's AWS:

  • Provides access to all AWS services
  • Does not allow PHI/RI
What are the differences between S3 vs Box and File Share?


  • More suited for research data sets
  • Unlimited file size and capacity
  • Compatible with all file types
  • Easily transfer data within AWS
  • Currently, no auto-sync or mounting
  • Costs based on usage
  • More suited for administrative files (e.g. MS Office documents)
  • Auto-sync with local computer with Box Sync
  • Mount drive using Box Drive
  • Limited to 15GB per individual file
  • Some files types not compatible
  • Costs are subsidized
File Share
  • Suitable for administrative files and research data sets <10TB
  • Limited capacity and growth
  • Mount share from local computer
  • Costs are subsidized
What data is allowed on the different UCLA Health Cloud Infrastructures?
Data type DGIT
UCLA Health IT
Non-restricted data
restricted data
identified ucla health data
discovery data repository (DDR) Extracts


  • Restricted Information is defined by the University California - Systemwide IT Policy Glossary
  • UCLA Health Data is defined as any information pertaining to the health, care, and treatment of UCLA Health patients or health plan members which: (1) results in a report used in treatment or monitoring of a patient; (2) generates a claim or a bill for services that are provided; and/or (3) is used for operations, financial management, population health activities or quality metrics.
  • The Discovery Data Repository (DDR) is built upon a limited data set containing de-identified electronic UCLA health record data.


Can you provide more information on the service offered?

Linux Servers

  • Web-based command line interface (CLI) running a Linux operating system.
  • Ubuntu and Amazon Linux (RedHat-based) available.
  • Optional Deep Learning baseline available. The Deep Learning baseline is a pre-configured system with the following apps pre-installed: TensorFlow, PyTorch, Apache MXNet, Chainer, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, Gluon, Horovod, and Keras.
  • Options for both CPU and GPU processors.


RStudio Server

  • Web-based RStudio interface.
  • Studio is an integrated development environment for R, a programming language for statistical computing and graphics. It includes a console, syntax-highlighting editor that supports direct code execution, as well as tools for plotting, history, debugging and workspace management.


Jupyter Notebook

  • Web-based Jupyter Notebook and JupyterLab via Amazon Sagemaker notebook instances.
  • An Amazon SageMaker notebook instance is a machine learning (ML) compute instance running the Jupyter Notebook App. SageMaker manages creating the instance and related resources.
  • Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. Uses include: data cleaning and transformation, numerical simulation, statistical modeling, data visualization, machine learning, and much more.
  • JupyterLab is a web-based interactive development environment for Jupyter notebooks, code, and data.


Mathworks Matlab

  • Graphic, remote desktop-based Matlab interface.
  • In this service, researchers can install other graphics-based applications in addition to Matlab.
  • Matlab is a high-performance language and desktop environment tuned for iterative analysis, design processes, and expresses matrix and array mathematics directly.


S3 Storage

  • Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is a managed service that provides object storage that is persistent and durable for any amount of data.
  • Object storage is a computer data storage architecture that manages data as objects, as opposed to other storage architectures like file systems which manages data as a file hierarchy, and block storage which manages data as blocks within sectors and tracks.