GCP - Google Cloud Platform Pricing

GCP - Pricing

The current net cost to campus customers is roughly equivalent to Google's GCP rates, but includes a network egress waiver

Network egress waiver (costs for data traffic out of GCP)

UW's GCP contract has a a waiver for charges related to moving data back out of GCP, to help combat vendor lock in.    
The waiver is calculated based on  University of Wisconsin's total Google Cloud Platform bill as an organization for all GCP services.   
  • All network egress charges up to an amount equaling 15% of the total bill we be waived.
    • Example 1: If the UW's total monthly fees would have been $1000, but $50 of those fees were network egress, the final bill would be $950, as all network egress fees would be waived.
    • Example 2: If the UW's total monthly fees would have been $1000, but $150 of those fees were network egress, the customer's final bill would be $850, as all network egress fees would be waived.
    • Example 3: If the UW's total monthly fees would have been $1000, but $250 of those fees were network egress, the customer's final bill would be $850, as only $150 of network egress fees would be waived.
  • Practically, this has meant most schools schools do not pay egress charges the vast majority of their operating time.   If you expect to need to move large amounts of data ( > 100s of TB in a single month) contact us for specific on the current waiver levels and data export strategies. 

GCP - NIH STRIDES Initiative Pricing

The National Institutes of Health, a major funder for UW Madison researchers, has begun the NIH STRIDES Program Offerings , to encourage researchers to use Cloud resources when sensible. This program is now available using GCP with deeper discounts.

Using Grant Funding for Cloud Services

Cloud computing (AWS, Azure or GCP) through UW contracts can be funded by research grant funds using a DoIT Number, similar to other IT expenditures  (DoIT Numbers - Overview)

Customers are responsible for ensuring that any grant funds used to pay for public cloud services  is done in accordance with Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) policy and federal requirements (2 CFR 200 Subpart E).   Basic guidance on allowable direct costs can be found here.    It is recommended that any customers with questions about using a grant to pay for cloud computing contact RSP for guidance.  


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Commonly Referenced Docs:

UW Madison Public Cloud Team Events
Online Learning Classes for Cloud Vendors
What Data Elements are allowed in the Public Cloud