Cloud Services

The University contracts with many different vendors to provide services.

Service Offerings

Astra Online Event Calendar

Astra is an integrated software package for scheduling rooms and events. Depending on venue and event type selected, the information entered may be displayed on the Campus Events Calendar and the Morris campus website

Campus Connection

The Campus Connection tool provides websites for Morris campus Student Organizations to share photos, upcoming events, news, and documents.

Digital Collections

Digital Collections is the Morris campus digital photo collection tool.


Keep your University of Minnesota email address, but use Google’s advanced email interface – without ads. Comes with a powerful spam filter.

Through a partnership with Google, U of M students, faculty, and staff can access a suite of Google-powered tools designed to enhance our ability to work together. 


Handshake is the University's online database to help connect students and alumni with employers, volunteer organizations, and internships across the country.

Library Databases & Resources

A variety of electronic resources and tools are available to facilitate the research process including subscription databases, research guides, catalogs, reference assistance, Endnote, and citing guides.


The University provides a number of free network storage options to faculty, staff, and students.


Qualtrics is an online survey making tool available through the University of Minnesota. It is more secure than free survey building websites. Qualtrics is not only easy to use for basic surveys but also offers features for advanced survey construction, distribution, and reporting.

The Hosting services provides professionally-managed servers (virtual and physical) and database environments for University academic and administrative units. The servers and databases are maintained and managed by Office of Information Technology (OIT) database and systems administrators. This includes maintaining and managing the infrastructure, operating system, storage, backups, security, and patching.

Surveys and Polling Software enable University students, faculty, and staff to collect information from a variety of audiences.


UMReports provides a reporting environment for the University's enterprise systems through two methods to help faculty and staff with operational and management decision making: UM Reports and the Data Warehouse. UM Reports contains pre-built reports to serve common needs.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

The University of Minnesota Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a service makes it seem as though you are inside the University network when you cannot be. It enables a more secure connection to the University network when you are: using wireless, connecting from a non-University Internet Service Provider, and transmitting sensitive data accessing restricted University resource.

The University provides access to tools that enable students, faculty, and staff to publish and manage websites ranging from simple personal sites to organizational sites with large amounts of content managed by many people.