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Cloud-based storage for individuals

Staff and students have up to 3GB of storage space as part of their Desktop Services account. This DS-Filestore can be accessed by any computer on the University's network, including those in Managed Cluster Service (MCS) rooms.

UIS also offers three third-party cloud-based data storage services that you can associate with your @cam email address:

  • OneDrive – Microsoft's cloud-based file hosting service, which is available to people who are eligible for a University Microsoft account. It offers 5TB of storage space.
     
  • Google Drive – Google's cloud-based file hosting service gives each member of the University 20GB of free file storage.
     
  • Dropbox Business – Dropbox's paid-for cloud-based file hosting service, which is available to Cambridge students and staff at a heavily-discounted rate through the University.
     

Comparison table 

 

One Drive

OneDrive

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Google
Drive

Dropbox logo

Dropbox Business

Integration with
Microsoft Office 365
Y Not enabled Not enabled
Online slide show Y Y Y
Drag-and-drop file upload Y Y Y
Create and share folders Y Y Y
File encryption Y Y Y
SSL file transfer Y Y Y
Cost Free Free

£84

Storage size 5TB 20GB Unlimited
File size limit 15GB None None
File recovery 90 days 30 days 180 days
Access permission File/folder levels File/folder levels File/folder/group levels

Information stored

UK data centres Worldwide (EU-US Privacy Shield) EU data centres

University data classification

Suitable for Level 2 Suitable for Level 2 Suitable for Level 2

Backups

Microsoft cloud Managed by Google Managed by Dropbox

Mobile app support

Android Y Y Y
iOS Y Y Y

 

File storage for institutions

Institutional File Storage (IFS) service

Institutional File Store is a service for departments to store and share everyday documents with colleagues. It is aimed at desktop and laptop users who will have access to the storage via a mapped drive on their computer.

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File storage to support research

Research Data Storage services

UIS's research data storage services offer a competitively priced alternative to storage on local platforms, which can be costly to introduce and maintain, and to storage on external drives, where data may be physically vulnerable and there is little or no guarantee that lost, stolen or corrupted data can be recovered.

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Research Data Repository

The University of Cambridge Data Repository provides long-term archival, access and dissemination of the University's research outputs. It is a joint initiative of Cambridge University Library and the Research Operations Office.

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