Google Cloud Platform

Last updated on June 5, 2023

Google Cloud Platform (GCP)  is supported by UW Cloud Services, a CIO-sponsored initiative to deliver public cloud computing services to UW–‍Madison faculty, staff, and departments. These offerings focus on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) in the form of AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

We recommend you contact your local IT staff for guidance on usage within your unit or department. If your unit or department does not currently use any of these services or is unsure how to proceed with your use case, please visit the Public Cloud KnowledgeBase or email us at We are interested in understanding how the university wants to leverage these services and can help you determine what services best fit your needs.

GCP is a cloud computing platform that specializes in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).


  • The current offering includes an entire suite of generally available GCP services, such as Google Compute, Google Storage and other Data tools.
  • Customers must not process, store or otherwise propagate sensitive or restricted data in GCP, without completing a risk assessment by Cybersecurity.
  • The GCP offering has the capability to handle sensitive and restricted data with an appropriate Cybersecurity assessment.


  • Must be a UW–‍Madison faculty or staff member. To set up an GCP account you will need a valid DoIT Number and UDDS code.

Getting started

Request a GCP account.

Terms of use

Please note there are some limitations in using GCP. Contact the cloud team if:

  • You need to connect back to campus IP space from the GCP project
  • You are interested in a GCP feature listed in beta


The net cost to campus customers will be comparable to Google’s GCP pricing.

Get more details on GCP pricing.

Available to

  • Departments
  • Faculty
  • Researchers
  • Staff

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