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Data Storage and Backups

Faculty have several options for backing up, storing, and sharing data.

Computers set up by Northwestern IT include Code42 Crashplan backup software and Box (file storage and sharing), though they need to be configured with your NetID and password before these services are available.

Are automated backups available?

Code42's CrashPlan software provides automated backups of the documents on your computer, maintains version archive of your documents, and allows you to restore files yourself.

For more information see our Code42 CrashPlan page.

Is a cloud-based storage option available?

Box is a web based storage option that provides individuals, and groups, flexible online space for unlimited file storing or sharing at no cost to you. Box content can be accessed online from computers, and mobile devices.

Visit our Box FAQ for more information.

Where do you recommend storing my sensitive data files?

SAFER (Sensitive Administrative Files E-Registry) is an application that interacts with Box to offer self-service permissions management, establishes roles for data Stewards who have direct responsibility to manage access to their sensitive folders, and provides audit trails.

For more information, please send an email requesting that Weinberg College IT Solutions

Is there an on-premises storage option suitable for storing or sharing research data?

Research Data Storage Service (RDSS) is a pay for service that provides Northwestern researchers a secure, sharable, local storage option which complies with most legally and contractually restricted data policies including HIPAA-restricted data.

Daily snapshots for file backup are available, as well as daily replication to a remote cluster for disaster recovery.

RDSS incurs an annual cost of $137 per Tb.

Visit the Research Data Storage Page for more information.

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