Emerson IT Help Desk

File storage

Data storage comes in two flavors: physical and cloud-based. If you use physical media for storage (say on a computer or external hard-drive), remember to keep a backup in a separate location. If you use cloud services, they will likely create their own backups, but it never hurts to have an extra copy!

Generally speaking, the cloud is a more convenient way to store your files, especially when you need to access your data from different locations or share it with collaborators. Emerson provides several cloud options to fit a range of needs.

Here's a quick rundown of your cloud storage options at Emerson:

  Box Google Drive Pages
Students yes yes yes
Faculty yes yes yes
Staff yes yes yes
Accessible from off-campus yes yes yes
via FTP
Private folders yes yes yes
Shared folders yes yes read-only
Suitable for sensitive files
(Secure and managed by Emerson IT)
Live collaboration on documents through Google Docs and Sheets yes  
Storage space per person 25 GB Unlimited 2GB

There is also Bin/Isilon, which is networked storage that is used specifically for video editing on campus. 

Learn more about all these services and how to use them:

Students, read up on how your access to these services changes when you graduate.

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